Education 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.
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.
Caring for Your Pet 101
Grades Pre-K – 5th
Learn about basic pet needs and the similarities and differences between humans and their pets.
Does Your Future Feature Furry Friends?
Grades 6th-8th
Learn about different careers working with
and for animals.
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.
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.

Announcing new collaboration with East Providence Library

Our Humane Education team will meet with youngsters aged 3-8 years old at the East Providence library throughout the summer for their “Tales and Tails” reading program. We plan to read a humane themed story and bring along a live animal from our shelter.  Children will have the opportunity to ask any animal related questions and they will learn the importance of being kind and compassionate towards animals. 

We will also be working with older kids (gr. 6-12) discussing lessons such as “Doggone Safety” and “Futures With Furry Friends”. For a community service project, they will also make items such as blankets and cat toys for our shelter animals.  We will conclude the partnership with a project presentation night in August at the library.

For more information, visit the East Providence library webpage.

EG Robertson School Visit!

We had a great day at the EG Robertson School in Warwick, RI with the Gr. 1 students of Michaela Murphy and Lisa Fortier. Lessons included background on the RISPCA and how we help animals and how to be safe around dogs. Mrs. Murphy also brought in her own dog “Louie” the black lab who was absolutely a hit.  He actually assisted us in both lessons and was exceptionally well behaved.  He loved our shepherd mascot!  

Badge Time for Brownie Troop #723!

The girls from troop #723 Barrington, RI received their animal care badge when our Humane Education team held a lesson on proper animal care and pet responsibility. They learned all about our shelter and about our 151 year history. It looks like we have many future volunteers and vets! Thank you to Brownie Troop #723 and their leaders Alexa Tedoldi & Doreen Scanlon for including us in this very special day!

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. 

Please Note: 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