****Please note: Caring Kids Critter Camp is SOLD OUT for the 2021 season. We hope to see you next year!

Caring Kids Critter Camp FAQs

Where do I drop off my camper?

Critter camp is held from 10 am to 3 pm at the Rhode Island SPCA located at 186 Amaral St., Riverside, RI 02915.  Parents and Caregivers are required to sign in and sign out your Camper each day.

What will my camper do at camp each day?

Your camper will get to meet some adoptable animals, tour our shelter, play outdoor animal themed games, make crafts and/or treats for pets in need, learn about different types of pets including dogs, cats, smallies, and farm animals, and will get to meet a pony each week.

What should my camper wear?

Campers should wear comfortable clothes and closed toed shoes. For safety reasons, we require closed toed shoes for all campers. If your child arrives at camp without the appropriate footwear, we may have to restrict him/her from doing certain activities.

Should my camper wear his/her camp t-shirt every day?

We know it’s a hassle to try to keep one shirt going for the whole week but it really helps us and the other staff to easily recognize a camper. We appreciate your efforts with this. We will have extra t-shirt available for sale at the shelter for $15.00.

What should my camper bring to camp?

Your camper is required to bring a lunch, snack, and refillable water bottle.  They are also encouraged to bring a light rain jacket.  Campers should come with sunscreen applied and should keep extra in their backpacks.  While campers are discouraged from bringing electronic devices, we ask they only use them before camp, after camp, or during lunch.

How much time will my camper spend with animals each day?

We will try to connect campers with shelter animals every day.  The amount of time spent with animals will depend in part on which animals we have at the shelter that week.

How much time will my camper spend outdoors each day?

Camp will be held outside under a tent. Inclement weather and possibly very hot temperatures will have us indoors in our large open room.

Allergies?

  • Cat or dog allergies should be mentioned before camp projects to protect from allergic reactions.
  • The shelter is not a nut free environment.
  • Epipens should be with the camper at all times.

What types of animals will my camper be interacting with at camp?

Most direct animal interaction will be with our small mammal and pocket pets, specifically our classroom pets who we know are healthy, friendly and accustomed to being handled. In addition, we may have cats, kittens, or puppies to hold and/or pet . Sometimes, we have friendly farm animals that the campers can visit. A lot depends on what animals we have in residence the week your child is here at camp and that is something we never really know about ahead of time!

Safety Protocols

Please know that we will have safety protocols in place during our Critter Camps this summer.  All campers are required to wear a facemask when indoors.  We will be practicing social distancing as determined by RIDOH as well as using hand sanitizer and washing hands. 

Cancellation Policy

Because RISPCA’s Caring Kids Critter Camps are so popular, the entire cost of the program is required to confirm your reservation. Cancellations with at least four weeks notice will receive a full refund. Cancellation with less than four weeks notice will not receive a refund. 

Important Allergy Information

Nuts and seeds are often used in food to our shelter animals and used in activities during camp.  If your child has an allergy to any of these, we need to know in advance.  While we will do our best to accommodate these allergies, these products are frequently used in our building and we cannot guarantee there won’t be traces of these products.

Any questions?

Please contact us at humaneeducation@rispca.com if you have any questions!