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Creating a more humane community, one child at a time...

Humane Education is a philosophy of teaching that integrates respect, empathy, and compassion into classroom lessons, stories, and everyday life. The Virginia Beach SPCA visits 28,000 children annually through our many humane education programs.

Compassion Classroom: Our educators will visit your 2nd - 5th grade classroom each month with an animal friend and a SOL-based character education lesson. (We can also do one-time presentations). Programs last 30 minutes.

Listening Ears: Our award-winning Listening Ears program brings animals to reluctant readers in area schools for relaxed and fun reading opportunities. Many children are reluctant to read in front of peers or adults, but feel safe in the presence of a non-judgmental furry friend. The Listening Ears program has made better readers out of 1000+ students with the use of our trained volunteers and their animals!

Please contact us for other programs as well, including:
Critter Camp, Vet for a Day, Wild Workshops, Birthday Parties, Tours, After-School Programs, Organization Visits, Pet First Aid, and much more!