About the SPCA’s Humane Education Program:
Educating children and adults about responsible pet ownership and the importance of spaying and neutering their pets is an important aspect of creating a more humane community. The SPCA of Wake County provides a variety of on-site and off-site educational opportunities for people of all ages. The Humane Education program strives to engage the community with messages of personal responsibility, while introducing participants to the services of an animal shelter in the community and ways to get involved.
Currently, we are in the process of hiring and training new staff. While we do this we are unable to offer some of our usual programming but we look forward to being able to serve the community's education requests in the near future. Please contact Maria Hernandez at email@example.com with your specific education request. Thank you.
> Self-guided tours:
The SPCA of Wake County currently offers self-guided tours. Based on museum-quality education signage throughout the SPCA Pet Adoption Center, self-guided tours offer a great introduction to responsible pet care and the role of animal shelters in the community. Self-guided tours are appropriate for small groups of all ages (with parental supervison) and can be taken on
weekdays during the shelter’s open hours (weekends are too busy and crowded for
an enjoyable tour). A "scavenger hunt" based on the education signage is available here for downloading and is a helpful educational tool to supplement the tour. Guided tours are not currently offered.
> How groups and kids can help the SPCA:
Thank you for your desire to help the animals at the SPCA! There are a variety of ways that groups can help the SPCA. Please check out the SPCA's Service Guide. Although it is written for children, many of the ideas are appropriate for people of all ages. The SPCA does not currently offer onsite volunteer opportunities for youth groups. For more information about the SPCA's volunteer program, please visit this link.
> SPCA Pet Loss Support Group:
Are you mourning the loss of a pet? Do you need someone to talk to about it? Someone who understands? Someone who mourns the loss of their pet too? The SPCA Pet Loss Support Group may help.
Regardless of when your pet passed away or where you are in the grieving process, the SPCA Pet Loss Support Group welcomes anyone grieving the loss of a pet or preparing for a loss. The group allows you to share with and learn from others who are grieving the loss of a beloved pet too. The SPCA Pet Loss Support Group meets at the SPCA Pet Adoption Center just off Tryon Road/S. Wilmington Street in Raleigh. It is offered as a free service to the community.The SPCA Pet Loss Support Group meets on the third Sunday of most months from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Specific dates can be found at the SPCA events calendar.
Pet Loss Support Group Facilitator: Rob Gierka is President of Pet Chaplain, Inc., a North Carolina non-profit which provides client advocacy and grief training in veterinary environments. Rob has served as hospital chaplain at Rex Hospital and the North Carolina School of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Teaching Hospital.His nonprofit, Pet Chaplain, Inc., has been featured on National Public Radio and North Carolina Public Television. You may learn more about Pet Chaplain, Inc. on the website at www.petchapel.org.