Youth Programs


Youth Programs

Little boy with cat

Today’s children are the companion animal guardians of tomorrow. Our humane education programs are a fun-filled way to help kids understand the importance of kindness, respect, and responsibility for all animals.

From community service projects to shelter tours, we offer a variety of
opportunities – including new virtual programs! Join us.

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Camp Kindness

Our Pawsgiving Camp is full! Stay tuned for information regarding our Virtual Winter Camp in December!


Thank you to Gilmore Heating, Air & Plumbing for sponsoring the Camp Kindness program for 2020!




Special Youth Events

Snuffle Mat Marathon

Bring comfort and joy to a shelter animal this holiday season! For the month of December, we challenge your children to make as many snuffle mats as they can to give back to our animals. We use these mats to provide brain stimulation & entertainment for our animals!  We will be kicking off this event on December 5th by hosting a 1 hour Zoom workshop where your kids can learn how to make a snuffle mat & meet some of our shelter animals. Whoever makes the most snuffle mats will win a VIP tour of our shelter.

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Birthday Paw-ties

Celebrate your child’s special day with the Sacramento SPCA! We offer 2 different options for our socially distant celebrations. These celebrations are available for 5-16 year olds.

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Classroom Visits

To ensure the health and well-being of the animals in our care and the community we serve, the Sacramento SPCA is closely monitoring group event recommendations in response to COVID-19.
With those recommendations in mind, we have decided to cancel all in-classroom visits. Please contact us for virtual opportunities available at Classroom presentations and virtual field trips are available Thursdays and Fridays.

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Teenager dropping off donations from a birthday party

Projects You Can Do
Community Service

Students and scout troops needing community service hours for school or badge projects are encouraged to help the Sacramento SPCA by completing one of our community service projects. Your hard work will make a difference in the lives of the animals in our care!

Hands-on, in-shelter volunteers must be 18 years old or older, apart from our Camp Counselor program. We are sorry, but we are unable to make exceptions to this policy. Please note that the Sacramento SPCA does not have a program for court-ordered community service at this time.

To begin your community service for the Sacramento SPCA, fill out the online Community Service Application.