Youth Programs and Education

Teaching the next generation about animal care

The Sandton SPCA is actively involved in providing opportunities for animal education and community engagement. Our goal is to promote empathy, kindness, respect, and responsibility towards all animals.

Our Education Program consists of the following key engagements:


School Visits

Our presentations focus on our responsibility towards animals. Our aim is to make children aware that animals have the same basic needs as we do and we must all respect animals.

  • At the pre-school level, we address the classes individually for 20 – 30 minutes with our interactive presentation.
  • Primary and senior school presentations are 30 minutes. Individual classes, each grade or the school as a whole are addressed.

We have three presentations available: A general SPCA presentation, Understanding Dogs, or Facts about Cats.

The information is adapted to suit the age of the group, and how comfortable they are with pets overall. Each presentation builds on the one before – one presentation a year allows exposure to the whole program over a three year period. There is no cost involved. Some schools like to do a collection prior to the presentation, but this is entirely up to the school.


Shelter VIsits

These visits last 1.5 hours. We share general info on the work that the SPCA does, the adoption process and a little about the people who work there.


The visit is roughly one and a half hours and includes

  • Information about the SPCA and the work that we do; how animals land up at the SPCA; the adoption process and the people who work at the SPCA
  • What happens to the animals whilst they are at the SPCA (Basic Pet Care):
    • Dipping – demonstration of dipping and bathing if possible
    • Deworming – specimens of worms showed
    • Vaccinations – importance and frequency explained
    • Sterilisations – vet observation is possible if appropriate
    • Microchipping and tags

At the end there is also an opportunity to interact with the animals, they love it!

There is no cost involved. Some schools like to do a collection prior to the visit, but this is entirely up to the school.


Community Service

Community Service at the Sandton SPCA is supervised by a staff member or trained adult volunteer. We schedule specific dates for pupils to do community service as we do not have a staff member or volunteer available to supervise every day.


There are 2 options available

First-Saturday-of- the-month Program (Grade 4 – 12)

The first Saturday morning (from 9 am until midday) of every month (except December) is scheduled for community service.
Your first visit to the SPCA starts with a short education session and tour before you spend time with the animals. This gives us the opportunity to explain how the SPCA works and how you will be helping us. Subsequent visits (on scheduled dates) will not include the education and you will be able to interact with the animals in their kennels, wash dogs, groom cats etc.
We do ask for a donation of R100 for each visit in support of our program. Please bring a snack and drink for yourself and wear comfortable, old clothes.

16 hour Community Service Program (Grade 8 – 12)

This is a structured Saturday program that runs over 4 weeks (you need to commit to all 4 Saturdays from 9 am until midday). This program runs 3 times a year.
The 16 hours are made up of 12 hours at the SPCA and 4 hours personal time (collecting donations or selling 5 raffle tickets). The focus of the program is on interaction with animals, and with primary school children from Alexandra.
The first Saturday is an education session to become a ‘leader’. The following three Saturdays involve each ‘leader’ being paired up with 2 pupils from schools in Alexandra. The goal is to pass on information about cats and dogs through interaction.

For further details and to sign up, please contact us on 011 444 7730.

Holiday Programs

Offered three times a year (March, June and September). Neighbouring schools are invited to send a maximum of 30 pupils. The program runs for 3 mornings and involves education, time with the animals, creative activities and movement workshops. This is another opportunity for volunteers to get involved.

Mobile Clinic Days

Alexandra township schools are approached to host a Mobile Clinic Day. Each class is visited before the event to promote and explain the importance of the event. Dog owners throughout the community are invited to bring their dogs for deworming and vaccinations. These events require the support of many volunteers and are advertised in advance.

Ready to get the kids involved?

If you are within our municipal area and would like to have our education officer visit your school please contact us on 011 444 7730 or email

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