Summer Animal Camps

Summer animal campsThis summer, the San Francisco SPCA will offer a whole lineup of Summer Animal Camps for kids interested in learning more about animals and the animal welfare community. What better way to spend the summer than making new friends, learning together, playing games and hanging out with amazing animals?

Summer Animal Camps teach kids how to train and care for animals, be responsible pet guardians, align their choices with their values and make our community a safer place for all animals. Campers have hands-on learning opportunities with a variety of animals.  And kids aren’t the only ones who have fun; our shelter animals receive some much-needed TLC.


  • Weekly sessions are available for children who will enter grades one through eight in the fall.
  • Camp sessions run Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
  • The fee for each camp session is $425.
  • Extended care is available from 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM for a flat fee of $75 per child.
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available for qualified applicants. Please note that each child is eligible to receive financial aid for one session of camp per summer. The deadline for financial aid requests is May 1.
  • Campers receive a take-home keepsake and t-shirt.
  • We are unable to accommodate children with severe allergies to animals as they are involved in many of our activities.
  • Camp takes place at our Mission Campus, at 243 Alabama St.

Cancelations and Refunds

Because our staff is working around the clock to ensure your child has the absolute best time possible at camp, we have a strict refund policy once camp begins.

  • We cannot make any switches, instead you will need to register for another session and cancel (less the administrative fee) your initial session. 
  • March 15th - April 30th a $25 administrative fee will be charged to any cancellations. 
  • May 1st - 31st a $50 administrative fee will be charged to any cancellations.
  • After June 1st, there will be NO REFUNDS for any cancellations or changes (extended care included).

Summer Animal Camp Schedule 

Summer Camp 2016 will run from Tuesday, May 31st through Friday, August 19th. There will be no camp the week of July 4th, and no camp on Memorial Day.

Age availability by week
Kind Kids                 1st - 2nd Graders -  All weeks except August 8-12
Pet Pals                   3rd - 4th Graders -  All weeks
Furry Friends           5th - 6th Graders -  All weeks except August 8-12
Animal Advocates   7th - 8th Graders  -  All weeks except August 8-12 and August 15-19

Please Note: Registration begins on Tuesday, March 15th at 9am - registration links will be at the bottom of this page.

Sample Day

Here is a glimpse of a sample daily schedule, divided by age group. NOTE: this is a sample, not an actual day from this upcoming summer (we like to keep it a surprise for our campers!). All groups will see all animals- just on different days.


Registration links will appear below, and will be active on Tuesday, March 15th. Please pick the age group of your child (note multiple children will have to have separate registrations). 

Kind Kids [Fall 2016 1st-2nd grade]

Pet Pals [Fall 2016 3rd-4th grade]

Furry Friends [Fall 2016 5th - 6th grade]

Animal Advocates [Fall 2016 7th-8th grade]