Humane Education Helps Students C.A.R.E.

The East Bay SPCA’s Humane Education Department has a unique program for teachers to use in the classroom to help students learn about animal welfare, human rights, environmental protection, and social justice challenges in our community.

The East Bay SPCA has created the CARE classroom program in an effort to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. This program not only brings animals to you, but the lessons are linked to California State Standards.

The following is an overview of the CARE classroom lessons that we offer. You  may schedule up to five lessons if you wish. You may also schedule a visit weekly, biweekly, or monthly for a series.

  • Responsibility - Being responsible for ourselves and our pets
  • Caring - Caring for each other and having compassion for all living things
  • Citizenship - Being a good citizen in the community
  • Respect - Respecting the planet and all of its creatures
  • Fairness - Treating people and animals fairly

The above lessons are taught through fun and engaging activities, stories, and include a safe, educational animal interaction for each visit.


The C.A.R.E. program is free to all students in Alameda and Contra Costa County schools. It is supported  by a grant from The Stuart Foundation and East Bay SPCA donations. We also have limited funds allocated for transportation assistance to our shelter should you be interested in a field trip. Please ask our Education Team about this opportunity when booking your session(s).

If you are an educator and interested in us bringing the CARE Program into your classroom, or you wish to download a copy of the lesson plans please CLICK HERE.

If you are a parent and would like to have your child's class participate in the CARE Program, you can download this letter and submit to your child's teacher.

Maddies Fund  

East Bay SPCA is a member of Maddie’s® Treatable Assistance Program