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Animal workshops, camps and events for kids

The BC SPCA makes learning about animals fun! We offer youth workshops, summer day camps and special youth events.

November youth events


Kids ages 8 to 11 (born 2007-2010) can join us at our Cowichan location on November 30 (a school holiday) and spend the day learning all about animals — and meeting some adoptable ones!

Activities run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Drop-off is between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. and pick-up is between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. The cost for the day is $35.

Questions about our Cowichan workshop can be directed to Olivia Bancroft.

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We will be offering animal care workshops at our Richmond location on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for children ages 8 to 11 (born 2007-2010).

Kids will meet some of the animals in our care and discover, through educational games and activities, all about the needs of cats, dogs and small animals. Sign up for a single session ($25), or save money by registering for both sessions ($40).

  • November 17
  • November 24

Questions? Please contact Lisa Keegan.

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December youth events


Youth ages 12 and 13 (born 2005-2006) who want to make the world a better place for animals can join us at our Vancouver location for a unique after-school program!

Young animal advocates will learn how to speak up for animals in their community. Special projects to take action for animals in need, guest speakers and time spent with suitable animals in our care will fill three fun-packed sessions. Each session will run from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. The cost to register for all three is $75.

  • December 3
  • December 10
  • December 17

Questions about our Vancouver workshops can be directed to Lisa Keegan.

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Kids ages 7 to 11 (born 2007-2011) can join us at our Victoria location for fun-filled Saturday workshops to learn all about pet care for cats, dogs and small animals!

Each workshop will have a combination of games, crafts and animal activities, with an average of 30 minutes spent with the animals. Sign up for a single session ($25), or save money by registering for all three sessions ($60).

  • December 1: Small animal care
  • December 8: Cat care
  • December 15: Dog care

Questions? Please contact Olivia Bancroft.

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West Kootenay

Students can be a voice for animals! We are hosting a series of after-school workshops at our West Kootenay (Castlegar) location for youth ages 12 to 14 (born 2004-2006). The workshops will run from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays (subject to interest from a minimum number of attendees). The cost to register for all three sessions is $60.

  • December 4
  • December 11
  • December 18

Students will learn about topics such as animal care, animal welfare issues, how to speak up for animals and how to be leaders for younger students in our youth programs. They will also meet some of the adoptable animals in care at the shelter and learn about what we do.

Questions about our West Kootenay workshops can be directed to Stephenie Campbell.

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Just a note about:

Educational assistance

Our workshops are education-based and, as such, some reading and writing are incorporated into our activities. If your child requires assistance at school for academic or behavioural support, please contact our Humane Education department so we can discuss how best to support them.

If your child requires more one-on-one support, due to limited staff, we may ask for an aid with a criminal record check to attend the workshop with your child to ensure they are supported.

Time spent with animals

We do our best to provide some hands-on time with animals — though we know that kids always want more! Sometimes, animal time is limited because we must be cognizant of the stress levels and health of the animals and of the fact that the shelter is a working adoption facility.

When possible, we do bring shelter-approved animals into the education space and allow kids to interact with them in small numbers. We also take kids on a shelter tour to introduce them to the animals and share their stories. For safety and insurance reasons, however, kids will not be interacting with shelter dogs.

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