Category Archives: Community Education Programs

St. Andrew’s First Graders Learn About Cats and Kittens!

St. Andrew’s First Graders

Over the course of two days (May 14 and 16), 40 first-grade students from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School of Saratoga visited us at Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA) to learn about cats and kittens. The students and their chaperones learned about the role of the shelter in the greater community and received instruction in…

Troop 32 Visits Again at Kids and Kiddies Too!

Kids and Kiddies Too

The word’s going around! Cub Scouts from Pack 32 in Santa Clara continue to visit for Kids and Kitties Too at Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA), so we’re gradually meeting all the Scouts and interested parents. This latest group was greeted by adolescent and young adult kitties Kira, Bell, and Abigail, who had a…

Learning About Dog Behavior and Body Language and Safety Around Dogs at Local Middle Schools

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At the request of Youth Community Service (YCS), our clinical animal behaviorist Jennifer Ott Cameron visited three Palo Alto middle schools—Ellen Fletcher, Greene, and Jane Lathrop Stanford—for lunchtime discussion sessions about human and dog interaction. Students learned how, just like we humans, dogs are individuals with individual reactions to different kinds of situations and stimuli….

Cub Scouts at Kids and Kiddies Too!

Members of Cub Scout Pack 32 from Santa Clara enjoyed meeting kittens at Kids and Kitties Too  at Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA), our shelter partner’s animal care center. Three babies on a short vacation from foster care provided the perfect audience for our readers and quickly joined them at play. Older kitten Hanz…

Pet Painters at Jasper Ridge Farm – Part Two

Pet Painters at Jasper Ridge Farm—Part Two of the Latest from Pet Painters Students from Ms. Kogan’s fifth-grade art classes at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park continued their journey through a new version of Pet Painters with a visit to Jasper Ridge Farm, a sanctuary for rescued farm animals in Portola Valley. The students…

Storytelling and Sing-Along Delight at Palo Alto Children’s Library

A captivating event unfolded at the Palo Alto Children’s Library as Rhea Sampson, accompanied by her two charming dogs, Shannon (a Golden Retriever) and Travis (a Rat Terrier Chihuahua mix), engaged a gathering of eighteen young children and their parents. The audience was enraptured by the reading of “Saving Travis,” a heartwarming tale that chronicles…