Critter Camp

Critter Camp 2017 Registration is Open! Register HERE.

Camp Availability*:

* Updated 6/16/2017 at 2:30 p.m. Please log in to the online registration tool for up-to-the-minute updates on available spots in camp!

Wk. 1: 6/12 – 6/16             SOLD OUT
Wk. 2: 6/19 – 6/23             SOLD OUT
Wk. 3: 6/26 – 6/30           SOLD OUT

Wk. 4: 7/3 – 7/7                 8 Spots Left (**This is a 4-day week, due to the 4th of July falling on Tuesday. The cost of camp this week is reduced to $200 to account for the shorter week, but campers will enjoy all of the same camp experiences).
Wk. 5: 7/10 – 7/14              SOLD OUT
Wk. 6: 7/17 – 7/21              SOLD OUT
Wk. 7: 7/24 – 7/28             SOLD OUT
Wk. 8: 7/31 – 8/4               SOLD OUT
Wk. 9: 8/7 – 8/11               SOLD OUT
Wk. 10: 8/14– 8/18            SOLD OUT



Each summer, Critter Campers (who most recently attended 4th, 5th or 6th grades) come to Woods Humane Society for one of 10 sessions of a week-long day camp. 

Critter Camp is more than just having a good time with the cats and dogs at Woods. Kids learn about animal safety, overpopulation, responsible pet care, and more, while helping animals get adopted through hands-on socialization, enrichment and advocacy! Animal-inspired crafts, games, activities and snack time are incorporated into the daily schedule, as well as guest demonstrations and field trips.

A sample daily schedule will include:
A Humane Education Lesson & Activity – Learn about important topics such as animal safety, body language, overpopulation, responsible pet care, and more, with a Woods canine or feline ambassador in the classroom!
Service & Socialization Work – Roll up your sleeves and help Woods care for homeless cats and dogs! We will learn how to care for pets by creating a comfortable habitat and enriching environment for them.
Lunch Break (lunch is not provided; please pack a lunch)
Game Time
A Guest Presentation or Field Trip (with animals!) – Hear about the animal rescue and rehabilitation work going on in San Luis Obispo County and learn about how to help! Guest organizations MAY include: SLO County Animal Services, Pacific Wildlife Care, Happy Hens, TOO SLO Turtle and Tortoise Rescue, SLO Buns, or other similar organizations. TBA
Snack time (simple snacks provided; we can not guarantee snacks that meet dietary restrictions. Please pack a snack if your child has dietary restrictions)
Kind Crafts for Critters – Get creative to make art, toys and treats for animals (your pets at home or animals in the shelter!)


Critter Camp is the flagship of Woods Humane Society’s humane education program and we are honored to have the support of local organizations as we strive to provide local youth with as many opportunities as possible to learn about the humane care of our domestic animals while respecting animals both inside and outside of our geographic environment.


Critter Camp FAQ's

1. What are the age requirements for Critter Camp?

Critter Camp is a summer camp for kids in 4th, 5th or 6th grade (as of the most recent school year.) For example, if your child is going into 7th grade next school year, he or she can still attend Critter Camp; if your child already attended 7th grade he or she does not meet the age requirements. Equally, if your child is going into 4th grade, he or she is not yet old enough to attend Critter Camp; if your child already attended 4th grade, he or she can now attend Critter Camp.

2. How do I register?

Registration for Critter Camp will be available online from this page or from our "Register for a Program" page. Spaces will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, this year there will be an Early Registration (for first-time Critter Campers ONLY) that will open Monday, March 27th at 9 a.m. Regular Registration (for all others) will open online at 9 a.m. on April 3, 2017. Online registration requires completion of all child, parent and emergency contact information forms, as well as payment. 

3. When is Critter Camp?

Critter Camp 2017 will run for 10 weeks, the week of June 12th through the week of August 18th.   Camp hours are Monday - Friday from 10 am to 3 pm. 

2017 Weeks are as follows:

Wk. 1: 6/12 – 6/16
Wk. 2: 6/19 – 6/23
Wk. 3: 6/26 – 6/30
Wk. 4: 7/3 – 7/7 *NO CAMP HELD on TUESDAY, JULY 4
Wk. 5: 7/10 – 7/14
Wk. 6: 7/17 – 7/21
Wk. 7: 7/24 – 7/28
Wk. 8: 7/31 – 8/4
Wk. 9: 8/7 – 8/11
Wk. 10: 8/14– 8/18

4. How Many weeks can my child attend?

Due to the popularity of this camp and the repeated camp curriculum, kids can attend only one week of camp per year.

5. Will my child be able to pick his or her camp dog?

Please note that Critter Camp may have changed since you last participated. Campers will get to spend time doing kennel enrichment, walking, or reading to camp dogs each day, however their dog assignments will change each day of camp. Dogs are not put on hold for the week of camp, meaning that the dogs we use in camp activities may change every day as adoptions occur. We feel this is the most humane camp design for the dogs! Campers will therefore not train dogs to perform certain tricks by the end of the week. Instead we will focus on making the dogs comfortable and happy during their stay at Woods!

6. Where is the Camp?

Unless a field trip is scheduled, camp will be held at Woods Humane Society: 875 Oklahoma Ave., San Luis Obispo. Drop off and pick up will take place at the Community Room, next door to the Cattery, accessed from the far end of the Visitor Parking Lot.

7. What is the cost of the Camp?


8. Are scholarships available?

We do have a limited number of scholarships available, however we can not guarantee which weeks these spaces will be made available. To apply, please complete your child and parent information in the online registration forms (DO NOT complete product selection or payment). Download this application and submit it to Jamie Relth by mail, to the front desk, or by email (to For best results, send applications by March 27th, 2017.

9. Can I get on the wait list?

If there is no space left in the week of camp you would like to sign up for, you may sign up for the waitlist for that week. No payment will be required at that time. We will contact you if a space becomes available.

10. What is the cancellation policy?

A registration fee of Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250) is due at the time of registration. A reservation will not be made for your child if full payment is not received together with registration.  There will not be any reduction in fees or discount provided for any absence, delay, or early dismissal of your child.  There is a twenty-five percent (25%) non-refundable processing fee.  If you cancel your child’s enrollment up to two (2) weeks prior to the scheduled start of attendance in the Camp, you will be entitled to a refund of seventy-five percent (75%) of the registration fee.  If you cancel your child’s enrollment less than two (2) weeks and more than one (1) week prior to the scheduled start of attendance in the Camp, you will be entitled to a refund of fifty percent (50%) of the registration fee. There will not be a refund for cancellations made less than (1) week prior to the scheduled start of attendance.

Contact our Humane Education Coordinator, Jamie, at or (805) 543-9316 x 13 for more information.

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in San Luis Obispo County since 1955.