Humane Education

Through our humane education programs, the MSPCA strives to help children develop empathy and a sense of justice, increase their understanding of personal responsibility for animals, people, and the environment, and become motivated to make a positive difference in the world. The MSPCA believes that by encouraging critical thinking in children, we can help them formulate a system of self-initiated humane ethics by which they can determine appropriate and inappropriate behavior.

Humane education can be easily integrated into a traditional classroom setting, as part of a lesson within a core discipline, or as its own stand-alone activity.

Lesson Plans for Teachers

These prepared lessons address a variety of humane themes for elementary, middle school, and high school students. Lessons are aligned to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and include an instructor’s introduction and resource guide.

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Careers with Animals

This resource is great to share with kids and young adults considering a future career in animal science or animal welfare. View various general job descriptions and their relative education and training needs.

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Animals in Education

Take the No-Hatch Pledge

As an organization, we recognize the benefits of studying animals in a hands-on setting. Our first concern, however, is the welfare of these animals. This link provides information on considerations to make before acquiring a classroom pet and alternatives to classroom chick hatching projects, dissection, and other projects that involve animals

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Programs for Kids


Learn about programs for kids held at our Boston Adoption Center.

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Nevins Farm

Learn about programs for kids held at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm.

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Cape Cod

Learn about programs for kids held at our Cape Cod Adoption Center.

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