Before and After Care

Before care is available from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., and after care is available from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Individual sessions are $6.00 each. One week of before OR after care is available for $25.00 or both are available for a weekly fee of $50.00.

Age Information

Camp sessions are organized by age and grade. When you register your children, use this guideline to ensure that they are in the correct group:

CAMP CURRENT GRADE
6-8 years old First – Third
9-11 years old Fourth – Sixth
12-14 years old Seventh – Ninth

Medication and First Aid Policies 

SPCA staff and camp counselors are certified in First Aid and CPR, however, employees, volunteers, or other representatives are not permitted to administer any medications or emergency medical treatments to anyone. Rescue devices can be given to a humane educator to be secured onsite in case of an emergency, provided a doctor’s note accompanies these devices. Humane educators can assist your child in the preparation of the rescue device but cannot deliver any medications such things as inhalers or Epipens. If a rescue device will need to remain onsite at the SPCA, please contact Humane Education Director Christine Davis in advance to discuss the device and your child’s needs: (716) 875-7360, ext. 262.

Non-Covid Cancellation Policy
Full-week summer camps: If your child is registered in advance, a place is reserved for him or her. If, prior to June 1, we learn your child will not be attending camp, a refund will be issued, minus a non-refundable processing fee of $50, which will be retained. From June 1 through two weeks prior to camp, a 50% refund will be issued. No refunds will be given 14 days prior to or after the start of any week-long camps. 

If your child is absent during the registered week, camp fees will not be returned or prorated.

All refund requests must be submitted in writing. Approved refunds will take a minimum of two weeks to process.

COVID-Related Cancellations
If your child’s week of camp has to be cancelled prior to its start date due to changes in the current COVID-19 status, you will be issued a full refund or a credit toward a future program. If your child comes to camp, and the week must be shortened due to suspected COVID exposure, refunds will be prorated, and an administration fee will be retained. 

Should you need to cancel your registration due to a COVID-related issue (i.e. exposure, quarantine, illness) prior to the start of camp, refunds will be given on a prorated basis minus a $25 processing fee.

PLEASE NOTE: All COVID-related cancellations are subject to change depending on pandemic status and Erie County/CDC guidelines.

Additional Information

  • Each camper will receive an SPCA camp t-shirt. Additional t-shirts are available for $10.
  • Campers will interact with an animal daily.
  • Contact us at HumaneEducation@yourspca.org if you have any concerns about animal or food-related allergies.
  • Campers can register for multiple sessions.
  • Campers must bring a lunch daily. A morning and an afternoon snack will be provided by the SPCA.
  • Camp will take place at the SPCA Serving Erie County, located at 300 Harlem Road, West Seneca.

About Our Camp Counselors
The SPCA’s humane educators work with children and adults throughout the year. These educators/camp counselors are trained in First Aid and CPR.

Regarding COVID-19
*Masks are optional while Erie County remains in the “low” infection category. Students are encouraged to practice social distancing when possible.
*Campers must bring their own masks, non-perishable lunches, and water bottles.
*In the event of unforeseen changes with the pandemic, the SPCA Serving Erie County reserves the right to cancel camp at any time. Refunds or credits will align with our policy. 

To Register
Registration must be done online. Camp spots fill up quickly, so don’t delay!

To learn more, contact the SPCA Humane Education Department at HumaneEducation@yourspca.org.

The SPCA is the perfect summer destination for campers looking for hands-on animal encounters, exciting interactive activities, and a daily look into the world of animal welfare and care! They’ll be excited to:

*Become animal advocates
*Interact with animals
*Participate in activities led by animal experts

Sessions are offered for children ages 6 through 14 currently enrolled in grades 1 through 9.

Registration must be done online. Camp spots fill up quickly, so don’t delay!

To learn more, contact Christine Davis, director of humane education, at HumaneEducation@yourspca.org.

Jr. Vet Science Camp

Does your elementary school-aged child want to be a veterinarian? This academic camp provides a wonderful age-appropriate introduction to veterinary medicine. Elementary school campers will learn about physical exams, heart rates, common diseases, and how to read X-rays. They will perform a mock surgery and take home their very own stethoscope! Note: Campers may have the option to observe a spay/neuter surgery. 

June 27 – July 1, Ages 9 – 11
July 18 – 22, Ages 9 – 11
August 8 – 12, Ages 9 – 11

Cost: $290
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sr. Vet Science Camp 

Learn even more about the exciting world of veterinary medicine! This academic camp provides a more in-depth look into the world of veterinary medicine and is a perfect step for any middle school student interested in a veterinary career. Campers will observe animal physical exams, observe a surgical procedure, practice their suturing skills, practice CPR on an animal model, learn how to draw blood, measure medication dosages, perform a mock spay surgery, and much more!

June 27 – July 1, Ages 12-14
July 18 – 22, Ages 12-14

Cost: $290
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Beginner Vet Camp

Does your elementary child want to be a VET? This camp provides a wonderful age-appropriate introduction to veterinary medicine. Campers will dive into the exciting world of veterinary science and discover what it takes to become an animal doctor by learning about physical exams, animal body language, illness, nutrition, and more. Of course, campers will spend time with animals! Campers will engage in cool activities, games, and make fun models.

July 25 – 29, Ages 6 – 8

Cost: $290
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Intro to Animal Care 

Campers who are interested in learning about how to understand animals can engage in basic care, animal body language, training exercises, and other animal activities for dogs, cats, small animals, farm, and wildlife.

August 1 – 5, Ages 6 – 8; 9 – 12

Cost: $275
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Animal Planet

Do your children love animals? We’d love to have them “travel” this amazing planet and investigate some of the fascinating creatures it has to offer! We’ll journey to the most remote corners of our planet and discover the weirdest and wildest inhabitants of our world! We’ll explore where some of our pets come from, and learn the differences between mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish. Each day of this camp will be filled with cool animal interaction time, activities, games and crafts about animals from around the planet!

July 5 – 8, Ages 6 – 8; 9 – 11

Cost: $260
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Arts and Animals 

Does your child love art AND animals? This summer we are excited to offer Arts and Animals camp geared towards animal lovers with creative sides! This camp incorporates all new animal-themed art projects. Campers will have the opportunity to express themselves creatively through fun and impactful crafts and activities, along with hands-on animal interactions with dogs, cats, wildlife, farm, and exotic animals. We won’t hold back on the creative side, especially since it will help animals at the SPCA! Campers will come home with a lot of creative animal art. (All materials are included.)

July 11 – 15, Ages 6 – 8; 9 – 11
August 15 – 19, Ages 6-8; 9 – 11

Cost: $275
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Junior Rescuer

Campers will learn how to speak for animals and learn to become experts on what it really means to care for and protect them just like the SPCA’s Animal Cruelty Investigators. Joining us in our adventures, campers will look at evidence, find hidden clues, and crack the code to solve a rescue mystery. By the end of the week, campers will be true Junior Rescuers!

August 1 – 5, Ages 6 – 8; 9 – 11

Cost: $275
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Vet and Animal Careers 101

Have a child who loves animals but doesn’t know what careers exist beyond being a veterinarian? This camp is intended for campers who want to learn about and experience a behind-the-scenes look at an animal shelter! Through interactive hands-on lessons and featured guest speakers, campers will explore animal-related careers, learn about animal welfare issues, fostering, pet sitting, and spend time with an array of animals. Exclusive to this camp, each camper will be paired with a shelter pet for the week and will learn how to care for, handle, and advocate for this animal. By the end of the week, campers will have a thorough understanding of an animal shelter, from intake to adoption and everything in between. If the opportunity arises, campers may have the option to observe a spay/neuter surgery.

August 8-12, Ages 10-14

Cost: $275
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.