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

Would you like to request a visit to our shelter or PAWS at the Mall? Great for Cub Scouts, Schools, and Community Organizations. Click here to request a visit. 

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.

Girl Scouts’ Animal JAMS

We are thrilled to announce a new community program in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. Our Outreach Team has received overwhelming requests from troops to visit the SPCA Shelter and PAWS at the Mall. In response to the increasing interest, we have teamed up with the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland to sponsor a series of “Animal Jams.”

This event is designed for Girl Scouts who are interested in earning animal-related badges or who are passionate about animals and want to learn more about them. These new Animal Jams will replace previous visits to the SPCA shelter or PAWS at the Mall for Girl Scouts.

The Jams will be held at Camp Woodlands, at 2744 Riva Rd in Annapolis. Four sessions will be offered during the upcoming 2023-2024 school year on the following dates and times:

  • October 15, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • February 11, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • May 5, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • June 9, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

➡️ You can access our information flier by clicking HERE!

➡️ To view our list of recommended donations, click HERE.

➡️ If you want to register your troop, click HERE.  Registration opens on September 4th.

🌟 We are seeking presenters to showcase skills or topics related to animal care. Do you have something to share or demonstrate? Click HERE to submit a Request to Present.

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 and Bedtime Book Buddies welcomes readers 5-10 years of age to send its furry residents to a peaceful slumber. Bedtime Book Buddies fosters young readers while providing love, attention and a relaxing evening to our adoptable animals. It is a wonderful experience for humans and animals.  Participants can read aloud, sing, recite poetry, review for a test or even practice a presentation in a calm environment.

Bedtime Book Buddies has partnered Discoveries: The Library at the Mall 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 on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Bedtime Book Buddies follows the public school calendar.  If your plans change, please cancel your sign-up to allow others to sign up. Thank you! Questions can be sent to

Sign-ups will be posted in the evening on the 2nd Thursday of each month for the following month.  Click here to sign up!

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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.

Click here to sign up!

Questions can be sent to


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