Critter Camp

SOLD OUT!  Children between the ages of 8 and 11 years old are invited to join the Humane education department at the RISPCA for a fun half day camp this April break to learn about small animal pet responsibility!  The cost of Little Critter Camp is $150 and includes a camp t-shirt.  

Click here for Litter Critter Camp FAQs

For more information or to be added to the waitlist, e-mail humaneeducation@rispca.com

Registration is NOW OPEN for Critter Camp (Summer 2023) !!

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!

There will be six weeklong sessions with 2 alternating themes taking place at our new shelter,

located at 155 Plan Way in Warwick, from 10am to 3pm daily.

Cost:  $275 includes a camp t-shirt

Due to the popularity of our camp, we kindly ask that you sign up for no more than 2 weeks 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.

(A) Weeks: A Day in the Life at the RISPCA

Camp Overview:

Dive deep into the world of animal care and learn what it’s like to work at the RISPCA. Each day will be filled to the brim with animal appearances, special guests, and activities that will teach campers the ins and outs of working at an animal shelter. From veterinarians to animal welfare officers, there are so many people that make the RISPCA great!

(B) Weeks: Animal Behavior 101

Camp Overview:

Did you know you can train a fish to jump through a hoop? Or a dog to fetch you your socks? Animal Behavior 101 explores the science behind being around, caring for, and training animals. Campers will become scientists, learn how to create scientific questions, and test them by spending time with critters at the RISPCA!


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. If you are applying for a camp scholarship DO NOT register for a session.


The Rhode Island SPCA’s Humane Education Department is seeking youth volunteers this summer to act as Junior Counselors for our Critter Camp.  The camp runs for 6 weeks starting June 26, 2023 (with the exception of July 4th week).  Each volunteer is required to commit to one full week of camp, Monday-Friday from 9:30-3:30.  You will be working with campers 8-11 years old alongside our Humane Educators.  Jr. Volunteers must be a minimum of fifteen (15) years old.  This is an UNPAID/ VOLUNTEER position.  Interested?  Fill out an application here.