About Violence Prevention & Humane Education

spcaLA’s Violence Prevention & Humane Education Department is pleased to offer a variety programs to the Los Angeles community and beyond.

Humane Education at spcaLA is a form of violence prevention and animal protection informed by “the Link” between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence. Our programs aim to support the development of healthy relationships and compassionate communities as one way to prevent animal cruelty and interpersonal violence. We do this by:

  • engaging youth and children in empathy-based animal welfare education and social-emotional learning
  • encouraging youth advocacy for animals, others, and themselves
  • offering violence intervention and support services for adults and families


Animal Safety Net (ASN)™

Animal Safety Net (ASN)™ is a program for individuals and families affected by domestic violence. ASN Pet Housing offers free, temporary housing for the pets of domestic violence survivors. ASN Youth and Families offers animal-assisted programming for DV-affected families, in partnership with local domestic violence agencies.


Activity Guides

Most of these activities are primarily geared towards grades K-8, but don’t be surprised to find something for all ages! Make sure to keep checking back, as we will be continuously adding to our library of resources.


DIY Presentations

We offer Do-It-Yourself Presentations on a variety of humane education topics. DIY presentations are available for free download.


Friends for Life Summer Camp™

Friends for Life Summer Camp™ is a week-long day camp designed for 9-14 year olds who wish to participate in animal-related games, crafts, and activities while learning about helping shelter pets at our P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center.


Humane Education Elective Program

Humane Education Elective Program is an in-school elective course on humane education. The course consists of units on Relationships, Diversity, Violence Prevention, and Advocacy.


Online Classes for Youth & Families

Keep youth engaged with fun, interactive classes hosted by spcaLA Humane Educators. Have a budding dog trainer at home? Check out Woof & Wifi, where youth (ages 12+) work with spcaLA Humane Educators to train their OWN pet dogs! Have younger kids, or no dog at home? Check out our Virtual Pet Care Patch Workshops and Friends for Life @ Home sessions.


Pet Care Patch Workshops

Pet Care Patch Workshops are for 6-12 year olds who wish to earn spcaLA’s pet care patch by touring the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center and participating in educational activities devoted to helping shelter pets.


Teaching Love & Compassion (TLC)™

Teaching Love & Compassion (TLC)™ is a youth program in small-group format that combines social-emotional learning with animal welfare lessons and hands-on positive reinforcement training with shelter dogs.


Court Diversion Program for Youth

spcaLA Court Diversion Program for Youth is an animal-assisted intervention program modeled after spcaLA’s Teaching Love & Compassion (TLC) program, but specifically made for justice system-involved youth referred by the District Attorney’s office and other juvenile justice professionals.


If you are a school, youth-serving organization, juvenile justice professional, or domestic violence agency interested in any of our programs, please contact the Violence Prevention & Humane Education Department at (562) 216-2545 or HumaneEducation@spcaLA.com.

Made possible in part by the Rabbi Sidney J. Jacobs Humane Education Project.