Critter Camp


Does your child love animals?  Do you want to give your child the opportunity to learn about kindness and respect for animals in a fun and educational way? Critter Camp is the purr-fect educational opportunity for animal-loving children who want to make a difference for shelter animals and to learn more about the Rhode Island SPCA!

Here at the RISPCA your child will learn and have fun in an outdoor environment under a tent, meet some of our precious animals, create an adoption poster for their favorite shelter animal, as well as enjoy daily crafts, pet-themed games and much more!


  • June 27th – July 1st – SOLD OUT!       
  • July 11th  – July 15th – SOLD OUT!  
  • July 18th – July 22nd – SOLD OUT! 
  • July 24th –  July 29th – SOLD OUT!      
  • Aug 1st– Aug 5th – SOLD OUT!       
  • Aug 8th– Aug 12th  – SOLD OUT!

Cost:  $235 includes a camp t-shirt

Due to the popularity of our camp, we kindly ask that you sign up for one week only, so as many children as possible have an opportunity to experience RISPCA summer camp. If your child is interested in attending an additional week(s) or current sessions are full, you can sign up for our waitlist by emailing humaneeducation@rispca.com.

Help us get our animals Adopted!

Each week we will start with a shelter tour and explanation of our animals and work here at the RISPCA.  Each camper will then choose an animal to help us get adopted.  Campers will have time each day to work on a poster board about their adoptable animal.  Our daily curriculum will focus on a different type of pet – dogs, cats, farm animals, and smallies.  Every day campers will also enjoy a story, craft, snack time, body movement games and songs.


The Rhode Island SPCA provides financial assistance to parents/guardians, with special circumstances, to help send their child to camp.

Camp Scholarships are available based on need, and on a first come/first served basis. 


Caring Kids Critter Camp FAQs

Where do I drop off my camper?

Critter camp is held from 10 am to 3 pm at the Rhode Island SPCA located at 186 Amaral St., Riverside, RI 02915.  Parents and Caregivers are required to sign in and sign out your Camper each day.

What will my camper do at camp each day?

Your camper will get to meet some adoptable animals, tour our shelter, play outdoor animal themed games, make crafts and/or treats for pets in need, learn about different types of pets including dogs, cats, smallies, and farm animals, and will get to meet a pony each week.

What should my camper wear?

Campers should wear comfortable clothes and closed toed shoes. For safety reasons, we require closed toed shoes for all campers. If your child arrives at camp without the appropriate footwear, we may have to restrict him/her from doing certain activities.

Should my camper wear his/her camp t-shirt every day?

We know it’s a hassle to try to keep one shirt going for the whole week but it really helps us and the other staff to easily recognize a camper. We appreciate your efforts with this. We will have extra t-shirt available for sale at the shelter for $15.00.

What should my camper bring to camp?

Your camper is required to bring a lunch, snack, and refillable water bottle.  They are also encouraged to bring a light rain jacket.  Campers should come with sunscreen applied and should keep extra in their backpacks.  While campers are discouraged from bringing electronic devices, we ask they only use them before camp, after camp, or during lunch.

How much time will my camper spend with animals each day?

We will try to connect campers with shelter animals every day.  The amount of time spent with animals will depend in part on which animals we have at the shelter that week.

How much time will my camper spend outdoors each day?

Camp will be held outside under a tent. Inclement weather and possibly very hot temperatures will have us indoors in our large open room.


  • Cat or dog allergies should be mentioned before camp projects to protect from allergic reactions.
  • The shelter is not a nut free environment.
  • Epipens should be with the camper at all times.

What types of animals will my camper be interacting with at camp?

Most direct animal interaction will be with our small mammal and pocket pets, specifically our classroom pets who we know are healthy, friendly and accustomed to being handled. In addition, we may have cats, kittens, or puppies to hold and/or pet . Sometimes, we have friendly farm animals that the campers can visit. A lot depends on what animals we have in residence the week your child is here at camp and that is something we never really know about ahead of time!

Safety Protocols

Please know that we will have safety protocols in place during our Critter Camps this summer.  All campers are required to wear a facemask when indoors.  We will be practicing social distancing as determined by RIDOH as well as using hand sanitizer and washing hands.

Cancellation Policy

Because RISPCA’s Caring Kids Critter Camps are so popular, the entire cost of the program is required to confirm your reservation. Cancellations with at least four weeks notice will receive a full refund. Cancellation with less than four weeks notice will not receive a refund.

Important Allergy Information

Nuts and seeds are often used in food to our shelter animals and used in activities during camp.  If your child has an allergy to any of these, we need to know in advance.  While we will do our best to accommodate these allergies, these products are frequently used in our building and we cannot guarantee there won’t be traces of these products.

Any questions?

Please contact us at humaneeducation@rispca.com if you have any questions!