Community MusicWorks

The Humane Education department for the Rhode Island SPCA is happy to announce that we are working in collaboration with 2nd and 4th grade students of the of the Daily Orchestra Program at Community MusicWorks located in downtown Providence. Co-teachers Lisa Sailer and Lisa Barksdale, along with their students, have created a visual album of animal songs.

All proceeds raised will be donated to the Rhode Island SPCA.  If you would like to make a donation, click the button below.

Watch the premiere LIVE! Friday, April 16 at 6:30 PM!

Tune in Friday for the premiere of the CMW Daily Orchestra Program’s new visual album: Animal Songs! You’ll meet pets, watch a puppet show, learn to make a balloon animal, and more. This album was created to raise funds for the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which the students selected out of many organizations that help keep animals safe and healthy.Keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook accounts this week as students take over our social media to promote this super fun event! Animal Songs! Friday, April 16 at 6:30 pm EST Click here to watch the premiere

Please check out Raph’s compelling pitch for the RISPCA that led to this collaboration!  Stay tuned for more updates!

Please Note: Our Humane Education programs that take place at the shelter are temporarily closed. We are currently working on ways that we can connect virtually or in person if an outdoor space is provided.  If interested, please contact our Humane Education Department at (401) 438-8150 x4 or email

Our Humane Education Mission

It is our mission to teach people of all ages to understand and care for the animals in our lives as well as to foster compassion, respect, and empathy for all living things. 

Educational Programs

The Rhode Island SPCA is excited to offer the following programs geared toward elementary and middle school children. To schedule a virtual classroom visit with our Humane Educators and some of our animals download the request form and submit to Our Humane Educators will join your class via zoom to present on a topic of your choosing. Learn about careers in animal welfare, pet care basics, how to choose the right pet for your family, or even request a virtual storytime for your students!

All About RISPCA
All Grades
Learn more about all the ways the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) serves pets and how your students can get involved.

Caring for Your Pet 101
Grades Pre-K – 5th
Learn about basic pet needs and the similarities and differences between humans and their pets.

Are You Ready for a Pet?
Grades Pre-K – 5th
Learn about which pets might be right for you and your family, where you can find those pets, and what you will need to care for them.

Being Doggone Safe (Basic Course)
Grades Pre-K – 8th
Learn about animal behavior and body language as well as safe behaviors around dogs, bite prevention, and what to do if a strange dog approaches you.
Does Your Future Feature Furry Friends?
Grades 6th-8th
Learn about different careers working with
and for animals.

Virtual Storytime Grades Pre-K – 2nd 
Have a book read to your class by one of our Humane Educators.  Books chosen based on age and animal of interest.