Badge of Hope

SF SPCA Badge of HopeThe Badge of Hope Program provides scout troops, school groups, clubs, and after school programs with the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the San Francisco SPCA's life-saving work while also learning about what they can do to help animals in their community.

Each Badge of Hope Program includes a special behind-the-scenes tour of our Mission Adoption Center and the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center. After that, our Humane Educators will lead your group in a fun activity designed to encourage students to help animals. We'll end the program by meeting and learning about one of our Education Animal Embassadors.


  • The Badge of Hope Program is available during the school year from September through April.
  • Badge of Hope Programs may be scheduled on Fridays from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Each program is 1.5 hours in length.
  • Arrangements for your program must be made at least one month in advance.
  • The program fee is $7 per participant. Each participant will receive a San Francisco SPCA Badge of Hope upon completion of the program.
  • We are not able to accommodate less than 6 or more than 15 children during each Badge of Hope Program. You may schedule multiple programs for larger groups.
  • Short-term youth volunteer opportunities in the shelter are limited to the Community Service Saturday Program.
  • Youth with severe allergies to animals should not attend.
  • Would your group like to host a donation drive? Please see our current Wish List for in-kind items we need regularly at the SF SPCA.

How to Request a Badge of Hope Program

Email us the following information:

  • Organizer’s name, address, phone and email address
  • At least three preferred Friday dates (one month's notice required)
  • Preferred time of day for program
  • Group/club/school name or troop number
  • Number of youth
  • Grade of youth
  • Any additional information, including special accommodations or specific activities and topics you would like covered

All participants must arrive with a completed Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk: One-Time Humane Education form. Any participants who do not submit a form prior to the program will not be able to interact with animals during the program.