Humane Education Financial Aid Opportunities

Financial Aid

Financial aid is awarded based on annual household income (combined income of all earners in the household) and family size. Aid is available for the following Humane Education programs:

  • Community Service Saturdays
  • High School Volunteer Program
  • School Break & Holiday Animal Camps
  • Summer Animal Camp

Documentation of Need

If you think you may qualify for financial aid, please complete the registration process for the program of your choice and click "Yes" when asked "Do you qualify for financial aid?" Once your registration is submitted, Humane Education staff will email you within three (3) business days to collect documentation of financial need. Financial aid applicants will be asked to provide their most recent tax return to prove need. This information is not kept on file. Once financial need has been proven, the document will either be returned to the recipient, shredded, or deleted if submitted electronically.

Awards for programs are based on annual financial documentation. Financial aid recipients must submit documentation each year to determine qualification.


Financial aid requests are accepted up until 2 weeks prior to the start of a program to allow ample time to collect documentation of need, determine discounts, and process discounted payments if necessary. For Summer Animal Camp, the deadline for financial aid requests is May 1.

If you request financial aid, a space will be reserved for the event you are registering for. An SF SPCA representative will email you within the next 3 business days with instructions on how to provide tax documentation in order to determine your discount as well as a deadline for providing documentation. If you do not respond by your established deadline, your event registration will be cancelled.


The SF SPCA Humane Education department makes a special effort to attract at-risk youth. This may include foster children, children whose parents have been the victim of domestic violence, or other youth who have had substantial disruptions to their family life. The Society makes available a limited number of scholarships to at-risk youth families. Scholarships are reserved for young people from all different backgrounds who are able to display mature, respectful, thoughtful behavior and treat others with kindness and compassion. Families or agencies can apply for these by describing the circumstances that have placed the child at risk. Please contact the Humane Education department via email ( for more information or to apply for a scholarship.

Program Limitations

Due to the overwhelming response for financial aid and scholarship funding, the SF SPCA must limit the number of programs available each year for financial aid and scholarship recipients. Each recipient has the opportunity to participate in one (1) of each of the below humane education programs per school semester at the award level established upon receipt of documentation of need. Fall semester occurs September - December, Spring semester occurs January - May, and Summer semester occurs June - August.

  • Community Service Saturday
  • High School Volunteer Program
  • School Break & Holiday Animal Camp
  • Summer Animal Camp