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Dog Days in the Desert Camp

Spend your school break with pets

The Dog Days in the Desert Camps will give your child a new perspective on caring for animals, preventing animal cruelty, understanding animal behavior, and more. We use a variety of activities that stress an appreciation for our environment and preservation of our natural world: classroom activities, creative and artistic exercises, hands-on animal care, great games, and character-building lessons.

Kids and pets get together at Dog Days in the Desert Camp. Campers spend a minimum of 2 hours daily caring for different camp foster animals. These animals may include ball pythons, rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, cats, and dogs. Dog Days provides children with an in-depth, hands-on education about animal care and the human-animal bond.

Our Fall Camp focused on HSSA's marketing techniques and gave children a chance to experience pet portrait photography, copywriting, illustration, and making television appearances.

Who should come to camp?

The Humane Society’s Dog Days in the Desert Camps are for kids ages 6 - 11 who are interested in:

  • Animals

  • Animal welfare

  • Improving the lives of animals

  • Animal care and animal careers

  • Responsible pet ownership

  • Wildlife education

  • Preserving our planet and natural world

Camp Details:

Dog Days takes place in the Education Center of the Humane Society Southern Arizona, located at 635 West Roger Road, just West of Oracle Road.

The Education Center has air conditioned classroom areas, landscaped grassy yards for animal-related activities, and other excellent facilities. Included in the registration cost are an HSSA name badge, camp tee shirt, prizes, keepsakes, educational information, and a free recognition party.

Camp Schedule:

The Dog Days in the Desert Camp is for participants ages 6 to 8 (Rescue Crew) and 9 to 11 years (Shelter Squad). Camp meets for four consecutive days Monday - Thursday.  Activities begin at 9:00 am and end at 4:00 pm.

How much does it cost?

  • Regular registration: $275

  • Hand In Paw Kids Club members: $250


Upcoming Camps:

Registration is currently closed.

Thank you for your interest in our Dog Days in the Desert Kid's Camps!

Summer camp registration begins March 1st.

Email if you would like to be notified of upcoming camps.


Where are the HSSA Classrooms?

If you are visiting HSSA's Education Department, you will want to go to the coral Education building.

Location Map - Main Campus Locations - Education