SPCA Humane Education programs teach compassion for all animals to children as well as the community at large

The Santa Cruz SPCA has a continuous goal to ensure the best possible quality of life for animals and to promote respect and reverence for all. One of the main tools we use to do this is our Humane Education Programs that teach lessons of kindness, responsibility, and respect for animals and people alike.

The kids of today are the companion animal guardians of tomorrow and in order to effectively curb issues like animal abuse, neglect, and over-population in the future we have created fun-filled programs to help the youth understand how to make positive choices for their community now and for the rest of their lives.

From adult informational seminars and classroom presentations to shelter tours and summer camp, the Santa Cruz SPCA’s Humane Education program strives to make animal-care knowledge available to anyone and everyone.

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Meet Our Humane Educator

Brenna Ewing has lived in Santa Cruz and worked in local shelters for over twenty years doing animal care, placement and education.  She joined the SPCA in May 2006 as the Humane Educator because she believes that education is the most effective way to help the animal population and the human population of this community.

Brenna believes that teaching compassion and respect for all life cannot be taught at too young an age and that these character traits are important for the future of progressive society.  Her humane education programs focus on how even the smallest actions effect animals and the environment.  Responsible choices can make lives better for animals, both domestic and wild, as well as people in our community.

Brenna is happily married to her husband Jeff and they have two children as well an SPCA dog and a blue and gold macaw, adopted from a local shelter.

During the school year Brenna spends most of her time doing presentations in educational settings, and developing fun and informative functions geared toward both adolescents and adults. We have two youth volunteer programs, PAWS and Community Service Saturday, which serve students age 7 through 15 who are interested in working with the animals. Each summer the SPCA runs eight weeks of summer camp for students going into 1st through 7th grade.

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