Foster your child’s natural empathy through opportunities to express compassion, kindness, and love of animals.
Love animals and not sure if you can help? If you're 8-12 years of age, you can join our junior volunteer program! You and your chaperone or guardian (18 years+) just need to submit a volunteer application and attend a volunteer orientation to start helping cats and dogs in our care. You can socialize puppies and kittens, walk dogs together, help with grooming, and read to shelter pets. Once you reach 13 years of age, you can visit without supervision.
Kids ages 7 to 12 will have a howling good time at our Critter Camp day camp. Critter Camp includes our popular week-long summer day camp as well as weekend sessions throughout the year. Camps feature a variety of guest speakers (virtual and in person), new animal friends, and activities galore.
At camp, young animal lovers will:
Learn special skills through our camp workshops, such as pet CPR, grooming, and behavioral training
Learn about animal care
Hear from guest speakers in the animal world using video conferencing
Meet adoptable pets
Engage in creative and educational activities
Participate in team-building workshops
Practice their reading skills by reading to our companions
Parents' night out is a fun opportunity for kids to spend time at the shelter while parents take some time for themselves - it's a win win!
Kids ages 5 - 12 will have a furrtastic time cuddling adorable adoptable animals, completing an animal-related craft, learning cool animal facts, and watching an animal-themed movie.
The party runs from 4-8 pm and will include pizza and drinks. Our furry friends can't wait to meet you!
The BVSPCA is dedicated to promoting the welfare and humane treatment of animals, so why not start early? Birthday celebrations at the BVSPCA teach children how to be compassionate to our four-legged friends. It’s sure to be a howling good time!
Parties can be scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays between the hours of 11am and 5pm. Please provide a few additional dates in the event that your preferred date is not available. Payment is due in full at the time of scheduling to secure your date and time. Minimum age requirement is 7 years old.
Use of our party room and kitchenette for 1 ½ hours
12 Children Maximum; must be accompanied by at least 2 chaperones (18 years and older) – A BVSPCA representative will lead the event
Table and chairs (set up and break down) and birthday-themed decorations including balloons, a tablecloth, napkins, and paper plates
A tour of the facility/meet with some of our adorable adoptable animals
One craft project (choices vary) or activity
Special gift for the birthday boy or girl
Small gift bags with party favors
Downloadable party invitations
You may bring cake, food, beverages, and additional decorations – a refrigerator is available for your use
Looking for a fun activity for kids to help out at the shelter? Schedule an enrichment party for the kids to create items that enrich the lives of our shelter residents. Examples include stuffing Kongs (a hollow rubber toy) with a mixture of kibble and peanut butter, making cat toys, and building lick mat treats. (This opportunity is for kids 7 years + and a group size up to 15 kids.)
Whether we’re hosting one of our fabulous Signature Events or bringing our adorable adoptables out into the community, the BVSPCA is always ready to make your acquaintance.
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