TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Summer camp registrations are opening up. Looking for something for your kids to do during the summer? There are camps that range from the Humane Society to
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona's Dog Days in the Desert Summer Camps are open for registration.
Dog Days Camps are for children interested in learning about companion animals. These camps provide children with in-depth, hands-on animal care education while instilling kindness and compassion. Utilizing classroom activities, individual and group exercises and arts and crafts, participants will develop good animal stewardship skills by caring for dozens of homeless pets from the Humane Society.
Program Costs: $225 for the public /$200 for Hand-In-Paw Kids Club Members; register online at
For ages 6 to 8 years old:
Young Animal Advocates
- Monday – Thursday June 1-4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This program is designed to teach campers about important animal welfare concepts including preventing overpopulation, kindness to animals, and responsibility. Kids will learn these concepts through hands-on animal care while forming meaningful and safe bonds.
Pet Vet: Caring for Furry & Four-Legged Friends at the Children's Museum Tucson
- Monday – Thursday July 13 – 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The HSSA and the Children's Museum are teaming up to focus on our wonderful furry friends. Campers will explore animal careers and animal care using the Children's Museum Pet Vet and Bodyology exhibits. On the last day participants will enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the HSSA.
For ages 9 to 11 years old:
When Dogs Were Wolves and Cats Were Wild
- Monday – Thursday June 15 – 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Take a walk on the wild side of pets as we compare domestic companion animals to their wild counterparts. How are our pets' needs different from their wild relatives'? And how do zoos best care for their animals? Spend two days exploring the habitats and ecology of our pets' wild relatives at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum followed by two days at the Humane Society.
The History of Animal Welfare: Animal Sheltering in Southern Arizona
- Monday – Thursday July 20-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This camp is designed to introduce participants to the world of animal welfare, prevention, education, placement and sheltering. Campers will discover the history behind our local HSSA as well as other animal rescues. Additionally, campers will tours several local animal rescue organizations that help various types of animals.
For ages 12 to 14 years old:
Exotic Pets and Animals in Entertainment -
Monday – Thursday June 8 – 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This camp will explore the concerns with exotic animals kept as pets as well as how the use of animals in entertainment reflect a belief that animals are here for human entrainment and exploitation. Topics will include illegal capture of wild animals, zoos, circuses, racing, poaching and more. Children will be provided with the tools to make educated decision regarding their views of these sensitive topics.