Humane Education

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter wants to help you establish a humane ethic in your workplace, school, club or association. We can provide an Animal Control Officer or shelter staff member to speak to your group as well as give tours of our shelters.

For more information about Humane Education or to request a presentation/tour, please contact Jen at 831-454-7235.

Summer Camp

The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter is starting a new summer camp program in June 2015 at The Cottage Shop, 2260 7th Avenue (next door to the Santa Cruz shelter location) in Santa Cruz. The summer camp program will provide a fun learning experience in different week-long sessions for 1st – 3rd graders and 4th – 6th graders, held Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. All camp sessions are taught by a credentialed teacher. The cost for a week-long session is $250.00.

Campers will meet guest speakers from animal welfare professions and will get to know a wide variety of animals. There will be also be behind the scenes shelter tours and animal-themed arts and crafts projects, including art that helps showcase pets waiting to be adopted. Through engaging activities, children learn about being responsible stewards, both for animals and the world around them. SCCAS’ summer camp fosters understanding, respect and empathy toward all living beings. 

All proceeds from this program benefit our county’s only Open Admission Shelter, serving animals in need in our community. 

1. Choose your session
2. Enter your student's name in the desired session and pay
3. Fill out the online application which you will be given access to after payment

Note: If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact Jen Walker at 831-454-7235 or with your name, the name of your child, age, session of camp desired and your phone number and we will contact you.

June 15 - June 19 (1st-3rd grade) - This session is SOLD OUT!
$250 - 5 days, M-F 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

June 22 - June 26 (1st-3rd grade)
$250 - 5 days, M-F 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Prefered contact method:
Student's name:
Alternate contact:

July 6 - July 10 (4th-6th grade) - This session is SOLD OUT!
$250 - 5 days, M-F 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

July 13 - July 17 (4th-6th grade) - This session is SOLD OUT!
$250 - 5 days, M-F 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

August 3 - August 7 (1st-3rd grade)
$250 - 5 days, M-F 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Prefered contact method:
Student's name:
Alternate contact:

August 10 - August 14 (4th-6th grade) This session is SOLD OUT!
$250 - 5 days, M-F 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.



  1. Where does the summer camp program take place?
    The Cottage Shop behind the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter: 2260 7th Ave, Santa Cruz
  2. How many campers are in each session?
    There are 16 campers per session.
  3. What do campers do at each regular sessions?
    During each week-long, 6-hour session, campers will:
    • learn about dogs, cats, rabbits and farm animals and careers in animal welfare
    • participate in unique arts and crafts activities to showcase the animals in their lives as well as animals waiting for homes.
    • meet animal care experts and their animals
  4. May I sign my child up for more than one camp session?
    Yes you may! Please keep in mind that camp content and activities are similar for each session.
  5. How do I register my child for camp, and how much does it cost?
    Choose your session above and enter your student's name. After paying, you will be given access to an online application. Fill that out. The cost is $250.00 per session. (5 days, M – F from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
  6. What form of payment is accepted for camp?
    We prefer you submit payment online via credit card along with your online registration form.
  7. How will I know if my child is accepted into a session?
    Once you submit your application and fee online, your child is accepted into that session. You will also receive a confirmation email with important information on camp policies and activities. If you do not receive the email confirmation within 3 business days, please contact us at
  8. Can my child be wait-listed if the camp session we want is full?
    Yes. If a session is full, you will be unable to sign up online. Please email us and ask to have your child wait-listed for that session. You will be notified as soon as possible if a space becomes available.
  9. Can my child be signed up with his/her friend?
    Yes, but please remember that applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot hold any spots for potential campers without their application and payment. If your child has a friend that he/she would like to attend camp with, we encourage all parties to send their applications within the same time frame.
  10. Is there before and after camp care?
    We do not offer extended care at this time. You can drop your camper off no earlier than 8:45 a.m. and pick him/her up no later than 3:15 p.m.
  11. Should I pack lunch and a snack for my child?
    Yes. We do not provide lunch or snack onsite. Parents are responsible for packing their child’s lunch and snack.
  12. What type of animals will my child be exposed to?
    Campers will learn about and meet our shelter animals, as well as animals brought on campus by a qualified presenter. A wide variety of animals visit the program weekly, and may include dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and more! Campers will meet a different type of animal (and sometimes 2 or 3) every day of camp.
  13. May my child bring his/her pet to camp?
    No. For the safety of other campers and animals in the building, please refrain from bringing pets to camp, even to drop off or pick up campers. Instead, we will ask your camper to bring in photos of his or her pet during the camp week for a special arts and crafts activity.
  14. What if I need to cancel?
    If you need to cancel, please contact or call (831) 454-7200.
    75% refund    -    14 days or more prior to first day of your scheduled camp session
    50% refund    -    8 - 13 days prior to the first day of your scheduled camp session

    No refunds will be issued 7 days or less prior to the first day of your child’s scheduled camp session.