Animal Camp FAQs

Animal Camp FAQs

  • In order to register a camper, parents must register online by clicking on our “Register Now” link, completing all preliminary forms, and completing payment.
  • A camper’s space will not be held until your full payment has been submitted through our online registration system.
  • Once a camp session is full, it will be noted on the website.  In the event that a session is full, our online registration system will offer you the option to add your camper to the waitlist.
  • If a space opens, we will contact wait-listed campers in the order in which they signed up. Wait-listed campers will only be contacted if an opening arises for the session which they wish to register.  No payments are accepted for wait-listed campers. If a space becomes available, you will submit payment at that time.
  • Once you have completed payment for your child’s registration, a confirmation screen should appear and you should receive a confirmation email. Additional information will be sent to you via email at least one week prior to your child’s camp session. If you are missing an email, please make sure to check your spam.

If you are having trouble logging-in to our online registration system:

  • It may be that you are using a browser that is not supported.  Please try using Chrome or Firefox, rather than Safari or Internet Explorer.

If you are not seeing the camp session that you are looking for:

  • Please try updating your child’s age and grade in the registration system.
  • If you are still not seeing the session you want, it may mean that the session has sold out.  In this case, you should instead see the option to add to the waitlist.

If you are still having difficulties:

  • Please contact us by emailing or calling (510) 564-2961, and we will do our best to troubleshoot!

Camps are located at our Dublin Adoption Center (4651 Gleason Drive, Dublin) in the classroom and Oakland Campus (8323 Baldwin Street, Oakland) in the Training and Education Center.

For notice of cancellation/change given 14 days or more prior to your child’s session start date:

  • Cancellation request must be submitted in writing (email okay).
  • A refund, minus a $25 administrative fee will be provided.

For notice of cancellation/change given less than 14 days prior to  your child’s session start date:

  • No refund can be granted.

Please note, we cannot transfer a camper’s enrollment to a different session or program. If you need to enroll your child in a different session than originally registered for, you will need to request a refund (less the $25 fee) and register your child for the new session through our online registration system.

Yes, we offer a limited number of need-based scholarships for individuals wishing to attend our camp programs. To apply for a scholarship, you will want to complete the preliminary registration forms online and when prompted, select that you are interested in financial assistance. You will then be lead to the scholarship application.  Spring Camp Scholarship Applications are due by March 1st.  Summer Camp Scholarship Applications are due by April 1st.  A limited number of camp spaces are held for campers receiving scholarships.  However, we receive multiple requests for financial assistance and cannot guarantee that a scholarship will be offered.  In the event that you are not offered a scholarship space, you are welcome to register your camper at full cost–however, we cannot guarantee that a full price space in any given camp session will still be available at the time of our decision, as camp fills quickly.

Summer Camp:

  • 22 camper maximum in sessions serving 1st-3rd grade and 4th-6th grade
  • 24 camper maximum in sessions serving 7th-8th grade

Spring Camp:

  • 20-24 camper maximum (depending on staffing)

Winter Camp:

  • 20-24 camper maximum (depending on staffing)

Each session will be staffed by 2-3 camp counselors, as well as several volunteer teen Counselors-In-Training. We aim to keep at least a 11:1 ratio of campers to paid staff and a 5:1 ratio of campers to helpers.  Each camp session will be led by one of our full-time, year-round Education staff, each with extensive experience in humane education.

Yes! Please provide two daily snacks for your child, in addition to lunch.  Due to allergy considerations, East Bay SPCA will NOT be proving any food items for the campers.

Our doors will be opened 15 minutes prior to the start of camp.  Campers can be dropped off as early as 8:45am.

No, unfortunately at this time, we do not offer any care before or after camp.  Our camp hours are 9:00am-3:00pm.

Camp ends at 3:00pm.  Campers must be picked no later 3:15pm.  Any campers still in our care after the 15 minute grace period will be charged a $20 late pick-up fee.  An additional $20 will be owed for each 15 minute period following, until the camper is picked up.

Campers must be dropped off by an adult (at least 18 years old).  Upon drop-off, the adult will need to sign each camper in.  Prior to the start of your camp session, you will be asked for a list of the first and last name of any individual authorized to pick-up your camper.  Campers will ONLY be released to individuals on this list–no exceptions.  In order to pick-up a camper, you must be an adult listed on that camper’s approved pick-up list, you must provide Photo ID, and you must sign the camper out.  If a parent/guardian wishes to add someone to the approved pick-up list for their camper, it must be done in person or via email (through the primary email account listed on your online registration account).

We encourage discussion with our Education Team in order to determine whether this camp will be the right fit for your camper. Each situation will be addressed on an individual basis to ensure that we can offer a safe and enjoyable experience for both the campers and the animals.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us prior to completing registration, so that we can discuss your individual situation, by emailing or calling (510) 564-2961.

We aim to provide a minimum of one dog and one cat interaction per camp day (hopefully more!). For the safety of the children and the animals, our staff will choose which animals are appropriate for visiting and interacting with each day.  While we will do our best to provide as much hands-on animal time as possible, please note that an animal shelter is a very fluid environment.  Due to animal temperament, health, adoptions, etc., our plan for any given day may need to be altered accordingly.  Our primary focus is ensuring a safe environment for both the campers and the animals in our care.

In addition to the daily meet-and-greets, camp sessions may also include guest visits from animals of  different species.  While not all camp activities will consist of hands-on animal time, each camp day will filled with a variety of activities that involve helping and being around our shelter animals.

No. For the safety of the other campers and animals in the building, please do not bring any pets to camp–this includes during pick-up and drop-off.

Yes!  While some of the main concepts or subjects remain the same throughout all of our education programs, we refresh our curriculum each season to include new crafts, games and activities.  We find that campers enjoy coming to our programs year after year!

No, each week of Summer Camp within the same age range will use the same curriculum.  This means that a camper signing up for multiple weeks within the same session will experience the same crafts, games, and lessons week-to-week.  However, being an animal shelter, the animals participating in our camp program will change week-to-week.  For this reason, we have received feedback from previous campers, that they have still enjoyed multiple weeks of camp, despite the similarities in lesson plans.

Your child may be eligible to participate in our Counselor-In-Training program.  For more information, please click here.

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Adoption Center & Theodore B. Travers
Family Veterinary Clinic

8323 Baldwin Street
Oakland, CA 94621

Adoption Center Hours
Wednesday - Sunday
11am - 6pm

Veterinary Clinic Hours
Monday - Friday
(by appointment)

Oakland Spay/Neuter Surgery Center

410 Hegenberger Road
Oakland, CA 94621

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By appointment only


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4651 Gleason Drive
Dublin, CA 94568

Adoption Center Hours
Wednesday - Sunday
11am - 6pm
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The East Bay SPCA is a local non-profit that is not affiliated with any national organization. We obtained a four star rating from Charity Navigator and we participate in GuideStar Exchange at the Platinum level. The East Bay SPCA's Tax ID number is 94- 1322202.