Youth Programs

Overview

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.

General information

Camp Kindness

Camp Kindness Dates & Information

As of January 2022, Camp Kindness programming will continue to be IN PERSON! We will continue to follow CDC & Sacramento County guidelines and recommendations as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses. For more information on the Sacramento SPCA’s education department policies, updated cleaning and safety protocols, and FAQ’s regarding COVID-19, please click here

The Camp Kindness experience is for ages 7-9, 10-12, and 13-15. Following Sacramento City Unified School District’s academic calendar, we hold these camps every Spring, Summer, Thanksgiving, and Winter Break. Registration opens 6 weeks before the start of each camp. 

Scholarships funded by Gilmore Heating, Air, & Plumbing are available to those that qualify through the Energy Assistance Program Rate (EAPR) by SMUD or California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) by PG&E (must provide copy of current utility bill with name & address) or proof of participation in CalFresh, EBT, or parent’s enrollment in Medi-Cal. If your child qualifies, please fill out the scholarship application here & upload the appropriate document verifying the above information. Please do not register your child for a camp session if you are applying for a scholarship.

During Camp Kindness, children learn about animal welfare, how these topics relate to the Sacramento community, and most importantly, have fun! Some activities include socializing shelter pets, making pet toys for our animals, pet-themed crafting, and various presentations from Sacramento SPCA staff & outside rescue organizations.

Camp Ages Dates of Camp Registration Opens (8am)
Spring Camp Kindness 7-9 April 14th March 2nd
Spring Camp Kindness 10-12 April 15th March 2nd

 

Thank you to Gilmore Heating, Air & Plumbing for sponsoring the Camp Kindness program for 2022!

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Paw-ties

Whether it is for a birthday, graduation or another celebration, come 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 ages 7-16.

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Guided Tours of the Sacramento SPCA Adoption Center

Virtual & in-person tours of the Sacramento SPCA Adoption Center are available for field trips, scout troops, and youth organizations. Ages 7-15 are welcome at $7/person or a flat fee of $75 for 10+ people. At the moment, our maximum group size for in person tours is 10 people. For virtual tours, our maximum group size is 30 people.

Tour Availability:
Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm 
*Last tour starting at 5pm*

Reservations are required and tour dates and times are subject to availability. Tours run approximately 60 minutes.

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Classroom Visits

The Sacramento SPCA offers virtual and in person presentations for classrooms and after school programs for grades 2-12. We offer interactive presentations around the topics of dog safety, bite prevention, how to care for pets, responsible pet ownership, pet overpopulation, and careers with animals. These presentations are customized to meet the needs and interests of your group.

Classroom Presentation Availability:
Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm 
*Latest presentation starts at 5pm*

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Youth Volunteer & Community Service Opportunities

Students and scouts needing community service hours or wanting to volunteer to help out our shelter are encouraged to inquire about our projects listed below. Your hard work will make a difference in the lives of the animals in our care!

Hands-on, in-shelter volunteers must be at least 18 years old or older. 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.