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The SPCA’s camp programs offer children a unique mix of fun, exciting, and educational hands-on experiences. Camp builds self-esteem and nurtures compassion.  Campers develop an understanding of the shelter environment and a respect for all animals.  Campers learn about animal-related jobs from professional guest speakers including SPCA Humane Investigators, Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation technicians, and animal care staff, to name a few!

Program activities include lessons in animal safety and handling, guided nature hikes on the SPCA grounds, fun creative activities, making enrichments for our pets, and many visits with adoptable animals in the shelter and barn.

Sign up for our themed one day workshops, or for a week-long session in the summer! All camps provide a snack daily, but please bring a lunch (ABC’s camp does not have a lunch session).

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 Fall/Winter SPCA One-Day Workshops!  

November 21 – Awesome Adopters!
November 23 – Service Day Workshop
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.