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).

NO CLASSES AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME! To sign up for a spot once they become available, please visit 

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

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The SPCA of Anne Arundel County's Shelter & Paws at the Mall location will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC on Mondays. Our Clinic will continue to be open for appointments on Mondays.
Our shelter's Dog Room and Cat Room will be open for Animal Viewing from 11am to 4pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Our shelter will now have late viewing hours on Wednesdays from 12pm to 7pm.
 Some cats and small animals can be viewed every day at Paws at the Mall (closed on Mondays, open until 7pm on Wednesdays).

If you are interested in meeting or adopting an animal, you can find out more about our adoption process here. We appreciate your patience, as the Adoption Process will be delayed. All Animal Meet & Greets will be by scheduled appointment only after your Application has been processed.

We are still accepting donations of new & unopened pet supplies (food, treats, etc). These items can be dropped off outside our Main Shelter on the designated donation table. We can not take any used or opened donations at this time.

Emergency services such as Animal Surrender are available by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment for Animal Surrender, please call & leave a message at 410-268-4388 ext 141.

Visit our Events page to learn about upcoming fun!

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!

Fosters wanted!
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