Critter Camp

CRITTER CAMP

four-legged fun for kids!

Critter Camp

COVID-19 Update: We have, sadly, had to cancel 2020 Critter Camp sessions and have reached out by email to parents of all affected campers. Refunds have been processed. We are grateful for your patience and understanding and hope you are staying well during these difficult times.

Critter Camp is a terrific educational opportunity for animal-loving children to visit and learn more about the Richmond SPCA! Week-long day camps are hosted all summer at our humane center.

Extended care is available for all full day camps for an additional $60 per week. Extended care drop-off is as early as 7:45 a.m. and pick-up is as late as 5:30 p.m.

Canine Capers and Feline Fun Available for rising 1st through 4th graders

Advanced Animal Advocates Available for rising 6th through 8th graders

A Journey Through A Shelter Available for rising 4th through 6th graders

Animal Advocates Available for rising 4th through 7th graders

Junior Vet & Junior Dog Trainer Available for rising 3rd through 6th graders

Kids & K9s Available for rising 6th through 9th graders


Canine Capers and Feline Fun (Rising 1st – 4th grade)
For kids who love cats and dogs, this week-long camp full of games, crafts and activities centered on our canine companions and feline friends will surely pique their interest.

Available for rising 1st through 4th graders for a full day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) $280/week

  • July 6 – 10
  • July 13 – 17
  • August 10 – 14
  • August 17 – 21
  • August 24 – 28

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Advanced Animal Advocates (Rising 6th – 8th grade)
Advanced Animal Advocates will provide your child with the opportunity to learn about the Richmond SPCA and explore the topic of animal welfare in our community. Campers will discuss age-appropriate animal welfare issues that are important in today’s world, make PSA videos on animal welfare topics, bathe shelter dogs and help with volunteer tasks. They will also help to sponsor one of our shelter pets throughout the week in the hope of finding that particular pet a home!  

Available for rising 6th through 8th graders for five full days (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) $280/week

  • July 20 – 24
  • August 3 – 7

A Journey Through A Shelter (Rising 4th – 6th grade)
Animal shelters play a crucial role in communities by taking in millions of homeless pets each year. In this camp your child will use their imagination and skills to understand what it takes to run an animal shelter. They will hear firsthand about the different roles needed and get hands-on experience promoting pets, hosting an adoption event and more. This will be a fun-filled learning experience!

Available for rising 4th through 6th graders for a full day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) $280/week

  • August 10 – 14

Animal Advocates (Rising 4th – 7th grade)
Animal Advocates will provide your child with the opportunity to learn about the Richmond SPCA and explore the topic of animal welfare in our community. They will have the chance to make items for our shelter pets, help with daily tasks around our facility and discuss age-appropriate animal welfare issues that are important in today’s world. They will also help to sponsor one of our shelter pets throughout the week in the hope of finding that particular pet a home! 

Available for rising 4th through 7th graders for a full day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) $280/week

  • July 6 – 10
  • July 13 – 17

Junior Vet & Junior Dog Trainer (Rising 3rd – 6th grade)
Campers will work with Richmond SPCA expert trainers to be prepared to teach basic skills and tricks to dogs. Clickers, treats and training pouches are included. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore the veterinary career. Along with classroom learning, the campers will have a chance to tour our Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital.

Available for rising 3rd through 6th graders for a full day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) $280/week

  • July 20 – 24 Full
  • July 27- 31
  • August 3 – 7
  • August 17 – 21 Full

Kids & K9s (Rising 6th – 9th grade)
This camp offers the unique opportunity for participants to learn to train their own dogs. Campers will attend training sessions alongside their canine companions during this week-long camp. They will learn basic skills and tricks with the help of Richmond SPCA expert trainers. The Richmond SPCA will provide treats, pouches and clickers for training. 

Available for rising 6th through 9th graders for a half-day (9 a.m. – noon or 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.) $225/week

All participating dogs must:

  • July 27 – 31 (9 a.m. to noon)
  • July 27 – 31 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

Camp refund policy: Every effort will be made to accommodate enrollment changes based on session capacities. Cancellations made prior to two weeks before camp are entitled to a refund of half of the enrollment fee; refunds will not be available for cancellations made within two weeks of the start date of any given session.


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