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.

Shelter Tours for Groups

Does your group want a tour of the shelter? (Ages 5 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.  For more information on outreach programs away from the shelter please contact Tricia Crawford at

Bedtime Book Buddies (Ages 8+ up)

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

Bedtime Book Buddies is a program where you can come to the SPCA’s Paws at the Mall location (near Pottery Barn & Build-a-Bear) & read to the animals outside their enclosures. You can read a book aloud, practice a presentation in a non-judgmental environment, or even review for a test! Reading to animals has been shown to relax the animals, relax the reader, and improve reading skills.

To see us in the news, please visit:

ADVANCE SIGN UP REQUIRED! Readers must be 8 years of age or older. Readers under 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Reader may bring their own books although books are provided. Readers are required to sign a waiver to participate in this event. Reading hours are 6-7pm so please arrive at 5:50pm. Spaces are limited.

Click here to sign up!

If you have any questions, please contact

Petiquette Classes (Ages 5-8)

The SPCA of Anne Arundel County is starting a new program for pet-lovers aged 5-8. Our Petiquette Class will cover pet care and needs, understanding animals’ body language, pet safety, and more! We will even include a craft or two and a special treat at the end.

Now located at Paws at the Mall (within the Westfield Annapolis Mall, near Pottery Barn & Build-a-Bear).

To sign up for a spot, please visit 

**If you have any questions, please contact**

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Shelter Policies (updated September 2020)

Dear Friends of the SPCA of Anne Arundel County,


Our Dog Room is open for limited walk-throughs to the public during the hours of 12pm to 3pm. Please be aware you that scheduled appointments (meet & greets) will have priority, so there will be a wait time. Social distancing is required.

We are unable to offer walk-through visits of the Cat Room or Petite Suite at this time. Please make an appointment to meet our cats or small animals.


If you are interested in adopting an animal you can find out more about our adoption process here.

Please be patient, as the Adoption Process will be delayed. 


We are still accepting donations of new & unopened pet supplies (food, treats, etc).

We can not take any used or opened donations at this time.


       Emergency services such as Animal Surrender, Euthanasia, and Cremation will

be available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment,

please call & leave a message at 410-268-4388 ext 141.


To schedule an Appointment for our Spay & Neuter or Vaccine Clinic,

click here: Clinic Appointments


Please be advised we will be closed to the public on May 10th, 2018 - because we're getting a facelift!

The Keller Williams Flagship of Maryland (Millersville, MD) and its associates will be revitalizing the SPCA of Anne Arundel County’s Adoption Site for their annual RED Day Project! Please consider volunteering man hours on the event day or expressing your thanks on their Facebook page!

Should you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Jessica Busch at (443)308-8116 or or Greg Fisk at (410)507-7262 or

Thank you, Keller Williams!

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