Education & Outreach

We believe in that education via outreach is one of the many ways to help improve animal welfare and educate the public on the services the SPCA provides. View a PDF of all our outreach opportunities here.

Shelter Tours for Groups

Does your group want a tour of the shelter? (Ages 8 and up)

Your organization can visit us!

The SPCA of Anne Arundel County has an active Community Outreach Program. School groups, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and all sorts of other groups take tours of the shelter, read to the animals, and learn how to properly greet a dog.  For older kids and adults, we offer educational presentations on shelter issues including spay and neutering.  We teach people of all ages how they can help homeless animals. Often, groups will do donation drives of pet food, sheets and towels and other items the shelter needs and cap off the drive with a nice tour of the SPCA. For scheduling activities at the shelter contact

Group Presentations

Do you want the shelter to come to you and give a presentation to your group?

We can visit your organization!

As part of our Community Outreach Program, we visit school and community groups and other organizations and give presentations regarding animal welfare.  Sometimes we will bring a shelter animal to meet your group.  These are great educational opportunities.  Often groups will do donation drives of pet food, sheets and towels and other items the shelter needs and cap off the drive with a nice outreach presentation from the SPCA.  Contact with any questions.

Bedtime Book Buddies (Ages 5-10)

Do you want to practice your reading, either as a child, adult, or parent/child combination? 

PAWS at the Mall welcomes Bedtime Book Buddy readers 5-10 years old to send its furry residents to a peaceful slumber. Bedtime Book Buddies fosters young readers while proving love, attention and a relaxing evening to our adoptable animals. It is truly a win-win situation. Participants can read aloud, sing, recite poetry, review for a test or practice a presentation in a stress free environment.

Bedtime Book Buddies is partnered with AAC Public library to provide a fun literary evening for both readers and animals including cats, Guinea pigs, rabbits, rats and more.

Join us from 6-7 pm the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month and the 2nd Thursday each month starting in October 2022. Girl Scouts and other organizations can make arrangements at If your plans change, please cancel to allow others to sign up. Thank you! Questions can be sent to outreach@aacspca.or.

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PAWSITIVE Pet Care Class (Ages 5-10)

A Fun Filled Time — The SPCA of Anne Arundel County is starting a new program for school age pet lovers. PAWSITIVE Pet Care Class covers pet care and needs, understanding animals’ body language, pet safety, and more! An activity and munchies will also be provided.

Participants must be accompanied by an adult. Please arrive in front of Paws at the Mall (Westfield Annapolis Mall) by 5:50 PM. Class will begin promptly at 6:00 PM. Maggiano’s is the closest mall entrance to Paws at the Mall (located across from Retro Fitness).

For families, sign up for a spot at:

For Scout Troops, schools, and other community organizations, schedule a PAWSITIVE Class customized to your learning objectives or service project by emailing

Read to the Animals 8 and older 

Read to our dogs and cats at our main shelter. 

The Anne Arundel County SPCA Read to the Animals is for all readers 8 Years old and up. Adults readers encouraged. No tag along younger siblings Please! Bring a book or books are available.

Read to the Animals is the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the SPCA main shelter on Bay Ridge Ave in Annapolis from 4:30 – 6:00 PM. Sign up is encouraged but walk-ins are welcome.

Readers under 18 require a guardian to accompany them. All readers need to sign a waiver at the event.

Sign up online at

Questions can be sent to

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