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Do you know a child who is passionate about animals?  SPCA Animal Camps and Workshops are guaranteed to be a purr-fect fit!  These popular programs offer children a unique mix of fun and educational hands-on experiences that nurture compassion, a respect for all living things, and make a difference for the animals in our care.  (And have we mentioned that it’s FUN!?)

Children learn about animal-related jobs from professional guest speakers including SPCA Humane Investigators, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation staff technicians.  Camps and Workshop activities also include lessons in animal safety and handling, making enrichments for our shelter pets, and many fun visits with adoptable animals in the adoption center and barn.

Sign up for our themed one day workshops, or for a week-long session in the summer! Summer Animal Camp and ABC’s of the SPCA registration will open on February 6, 2019!

All camps are held for children ages 8-12, with the exception of ABC’s camp held for ages 6-7.

**Please note that all animal experiences are based on our current shelter population as well as the safety and comfort level of both our animals and campers.

Registration is now open for 2018/2019 Winter SPCA One-Day Workshops!  

December 26 – Awesome Adopters!
December 27 – Woof Workshop
December 28 – Feline Fun Workshop
January 2 – Wildlife Wednesday Workshop
January 3 – Awesome Adopters – New Year, New Pet!
January 4 – World of Pets Workshop

Please email or call us at (831) 264-5434 with any questions!


SPCA Horse Camp with Hope Horses and Kids at SPCA Stables at Indian SpringsHorse camp 2015

Level 1 – Campers will learn all about horses through respect, love, compassion, and fun! Offered by the popular and respected nonprofit equine learning program Hope Horses and Kids at SPCA Stables at Indian Springs, this summer camp is for young horse lovers ages 8 to 12. Campers will learn proper horse care, practice vaulting, enjoy art projects, spend one-on-one time with rescued horses, showcase their new skills with a horse show for their families on Friday, understand how they can help horses in need in our community, and so much more.

Level 1:  Stay tuned for details on Summer 2019!  

Level 2 – Campers will continue to build upon the knowledge and skills gained in Level 1, with special emphasis on riding.  Level 1 is required for all campers, regardless of skill level or experience.

Level 2:  Stay tuned for details on Summer 2019!

Fee: $350 per week
Ages: Open to ages 8 – 12
Hours: All camps are held from 10am to 3pm
Snacks are provided, please bring a lunch.
Camps are limited to just 10 campers each week.
Horse Camp is NOT held at SPCA campus on Hwy 68.
SPCA Stables are located at Indian Springs, 22400 Indian Springs Road, Salinas.


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Our Mission

Our mission is to assure compassionate and humane treatment of all animals in our community.