Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

The BC SPCA Humane Education department works hard to develop resource materials for educators who want to teach their students empathy and respect for animals. Here you will find the information you need to bring animal welfare into the classroom. Make an informed decision about classroom pets, order specially-designed curriculum units, book a school presentation, discover recommended resources, learn about the Violence Link and stay up-to-date on all the latest animal welfare and humane education news with our e-Teacher newsletter.

Animals in the classroom

Providing students the opportunity to interact with an animal can be a valuable teaching tool, but only if done correctly. Learn more about classroom pets and make an informed decision.

Lesson plans

BC SPCA lesson plans aim to build students' compassion and empathy for animals, people and the environment, while also meeting prescribed learning outcomes, in a variety of subjects, set by the B.C. Ministry of Education. Find out more about our selection of curriculum units for Kindergarten to Grade 7.

School presentations & BC SPCA shelter tours

Inviting a BC SPCA humane educator into the classroom or arranging a shelter tour, if appropriate, can be an excellent way to kick-start or build upon animal welfare learning. Book a presentation today!

Humane education resources

Discover BC SPCA-recommended books and videos, order lesson plans and educational brochures and learn how to assess for humane content when choosing materials for the classroom.

The Violence Link

Find resources related to the Violence Link—the connection between animal cruelty and interpersonal violence—including information relating specifically to children.

e-Teacher newsletter

Stay up-to-date on new humane education materials and issues affecting animals. Sign up today to receive the BC SPCA e-Teacher newsletter to your inbox 10 times a year.

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