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.

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Camp Kindness

Did some-paw-dy say Spring Camp?

Spring Camp Kindness is an opportunity for kids ages 7 – 12 years old to spend a day learning about the Sacramento SPCA… from home! They will get a peek into shelter life, make a toy for a shelter animal, and learn about an animal sanctuary. We will have two separate camps – April 1st (7 to 8 year olds) & April 2nd (9 to 12 year olds). Registration opens Friday, March 12th at 8:00am on this page. 

The Basics

  • Date & Time: April 1st from 9:00am – 12:30pm or April 2nd from 9:00am – 12:30pm
  • Registration Fee: $50
  • Format: Virtual via Zoom (We will send this information to the email provided in your registration.)
  • This is a one-day camp for half a day each. Please sign your child up for either April 1st or April 2nd depending on their grade level.
  • April 1st – 7 to 8 year olds
  • April 2nd – 9 to 12 year olds

We will be having a drive thru pick-up event where you can pick up the supplies needed for this camp. It will be held Wednesday March 31st between 5:00-6:00pm at our shelter. Bonus: you will be greeted by a furry friend!

Registration closes Friday March 26th.

Scholarships Available

If your family utilizes the Energy Assistance Program Rate (EAPR) by  SMUD or California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program by PG&E, your child qualifies for a Spring Camp Kindness Scholarship! Please fill out this application & send it along with the requested documents. Scholarship applications close Friday, March 19th. Recipients will be notified Friday, March 26th.

Contact Us

For questions about Spring Camp Kindness, please contact the Education & Outreach Coordinator, Kaeli Green at kgreen@sspca.org or by phone at (916) 504-2849.

Thank you to Gilmore Heating, Air & Plumbing for sponsoring the Camp Kindness program for 2021!

 

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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 education@sspca.org 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.