Scholarships

2021 Summer Critter Camp
Application Process
Thank you so much for your interest in our Scholarship Program. At this time, we only have limited scholarships available for the following weeks and grades. All camp fees and supplies will be covered by the scholarship, as well as daily lunch. Our goal is to ensure that children have an opportunity to learn about animal care and career paths with animals like; Veterinary Medicine, Animal Care and Animal Cruelty Investigations. That experience should be available no matter a family’s economic challenges.

Week 4 (Jun 28-Jul 2): Grades 7-8
Get Wild: Exotics & Native Wildlife

Week 5 (Jul 5-9): Grades 5-6
Animal Rescue & Forensics

Week 7 (Jul 19-23): Grades 5-6
Vet Camp

Week 8 (Jul 26-30): Grades 7-8
Advance Animal Rescue & Forensics

Week 10 (Aug 9-13): Grades 7-8
Advance Vet Camp

Submission does not guarantee admission. Please fill out your form and email with your financial or assistance information today! Once we receive your information, we will ensure there is still space, then send you a confirmation and other important information for your camper!
  • Step 1. Complete the Registration Form. You can complete within the PDF or you can download and write in the answers. English PDF Spanish PDF
  • Step 2. Have a scanned or digital copy of public assistance documents or most recent pay stub ready.
  • Step 3. Email the registration form and your documentation to education@houstonspca.org / subject: 2021 Scholarship. Click Here to email
  • Step 4. We will contact you with any questions we may have or to confirm your child’s registration.
Critter Camp FAQ

Critter Camp is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Houston SPCA’s Carruth Education Center located at 7007 Old Katy Road, Houston, TX 77024, adjacent to the Adoption Center. Parents and Caregivers are required to sign in and sign out your Camper each day. If you also signed up for Before Care, arrival is 8 a.m. and After Care is from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Your Camper will get to meet some real animal experts including veterinarians, veterinary nurses as well as animal cruelty investigators and wildlife specialists; play indoor/outdoor games like Giant Jenga and Corn Hole or arena volleyball; make crafts or treats for pets in need and spend some time each day with a variety of our adoptable pets.

Campers are REQUIRED to wear long pants and closed toed shoes to protect their legs and feet during multiple animal interactions each day. They are encouraged to bring a light sweater as the building can be cold.

Your Camper is required to bring a lunch and a water bottle. They are also encouraged to bring a light sweater. While Campers are discouraged from bringing electronic devices, we ask they only use them before camp, after camp or during lunch.

Yes! An afternoon snack will be provided for each Camper. However, you are certainly welcome to pack an additional snack.

In addition to all of the fun we have in store for your Camper, they will also have 3 animal interactions each day. Approximately 1 ½ hours visiting with a large dog, a small dog, and a cat chosen from our adoptable animals as well as possible trips to the Equine Center, based on availability. Please note, they are required to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.

Campers will walk under the covered walkways in between buildings on our campus and may visit an animal outside in our Equine Center. They will also have a chance to venture out for some covered outdoor fun with oversized games like Giant Jenga or play volleyball in the covered Rescue Arena.

Please email education@HoustonSPCA.org for more information about joining the Critter Crew team!

Please know that we will have safety protocols in place during our Critter Camps this summer. Temperature checks will be made each morning at check-in, and all Campers are required to wear a facemask. We will be practicing social distancing, as well as using hand sanitizer and washing hands. Thank you for sharing your Camper with us and we can’t wait to see them this summer!

If you are at least 16 years old, and are in need of volunteer service hours, submit an application for consideration by Friday, April 30. Fill out the Critter Crew application here.

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Interested in joining Critter Crew this summer?
If you are at least 16 years old, and are in need of volunteer service hours, submit an application for consideration by Friday, April 30.
Fill out the Critter Crew Application here