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Dog Days in the Desert Summer Camp

Spend your summer with pets

The Dog Days in the Desert Summer Camp 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 Summer 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.

Who should come to camp?

The Humane Society’s Dog Days in the Desert Summer Camp is 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 Summer 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

Limited scholarships may be available. Summer Camp Scholarship application period  begins March 1 - May 1, 2019.  Do not register online if you are interested in a scholarship! Instead, click the "Apply for a Scholarship" button below. Please call (520) 327-6088, ext. 171, for more information.

Children participating in HSSA Education activity

Summer Camp Registration is open!

Rescue Crew (ages 6 - 8 years)

June 3-6, 2019 

June 17-20, 2019

July 15-18, 2019

Shelter Squad (ages 9 - 11 years)

June 10-13, 2019 SOLD OUT!

July 8-11, 2019 SOLD OUT!

July 22-25, 2019 SOLD OUT!

Email if you would like to be added to the wait list.

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