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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Paws at the Mall is temporarily closed starting 11/13 while we switch locations within the Westfield Annapolis Mall!

Stay tuned for updates on Paws at the Mall reopening.  Adoptable cats & dogs can be viewed Tuesdays through Sundays at our Main Shelter location.

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