Shelter Helpers Service Club
Brought to you by the San Antonio Humane Society’s Camp Humane program, Shelter Helpers Service Club is a single-day camp experience available to middle and high school students. Go behind-the-scenes to learn more about the shelter, its mission, and what can be done to help some of San Antonio’s most vulnerable pets.
In addition to the most important task of socializing with our pets, campers will have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of service projects, which may include creating pet enrichment, preparing kennels for new arrivals, reading to shelter pets, arts and crafts, and more! Campers will earn up to 5 service hours for their participation in the program, per session.
“Squeaky Clean” (October 21, 2023)
Sponges, squeegees, and suds – oh my! In this session, campers will take a bite out of grime as they assist our kennel team with morning cleaning, ensuring a fresh and comfortable space for our pets.
“Barks & Crafts” (December 16, 2023)
Unleash your creativity! This session will be full of shelter-themed arts and crafts projects to help our pets have fun and get noticed by potential adopters.
“Enrichment Extravaganza” (February 17, 2024)
Enrichment is for everyone! In this session, campers will spend the day creating exciting toys and activities that will promote our pets’ health and well-being.
“Puparazzi” (April 27, 2024)
Calling all “Puparazzi!” In this session, campers will receive a crash course in photography and put their new skills to work by helping us update our pets’ photos.
Frequently Asked Questions
You will receive an automated confirmation email once your completed application forms and payment are received. If you do not receive confirmation within 5 business days of submitting paperwork and payment, please contact the Humane Education team at education@SAhumane.org or 210-226-7461 ext. 140.
Your registration includes a single-day admission to the Shelter Helpers Service Club. This includes guided behind-the-scenes access and specialized activities between the hours of 9:00 AM-2:00 PM each day. Registration also includes a camper t-shirt. Participants will be awarded five (5) service hours upon completion of the program.
Cancellations made no later than two (2) weeks prior to your scheduled session will receive a full refund. Cancellations made within two (2) weeks of your scheduled session are not eligible for a refund. Sessions may be rebooked whenever possible; however, rebooking is subject to availability. Each rescheduled reservation will be subject to a $15 rebooking fee.
At the discretion of the SAHS, your program may be cancelled due to events including but not limited to inclement weather, low enrollment, electricity or water issues, or any other unforeseen circumstances. In the event that the SAHS cancels your session, a full refund may be issued.
Should your camper be diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19 or any other contagious illness and their scheduled session falls within their designated quarantine or recovery period, please contact the Humane Education team immediately to discuss your options. You can email education@SAhumane.org or call (210) 226-7461 ext. 140.
Participants of this program will have an opportunity to go behind-the-scenes of the SAHS and will be engaging in several service activities including but not limited to, arts and crafts, reading to shelter pets, creating pet enrichment, cleaning kennels and crates, and more! Activities may vary by session and schedules are subject to change. For the safety of your child and our pets, no participant will be permitted to handle any pet while attending the program. Any animal interaction will be led by and under the supervision of a SAHS staff member. It should be noted that while this program takes place at the San Antonio Humane Society, your child should not expect to spend the entire day working with pets.
Each participant will need to bring their lunch in a lunch box or disposable bag and a reusable water bottle that is clearly labeled with their name. Please note that refrigerated space is not available. Products containing nuts are strictly prohibited from Shelter Helpers Service Club. Temperatures inside of our classroom can be chilly, so we also recommend that campers bring a light jacket.
Participants should wear their Camp Humane t-shirt, closed-toe shoes with rubber, non-slip soles, and pants or shorts of at least knee-length. Participants will receive their t-shirt upon arrival to the program and will be allowed to change into their shirts in the bathrooms. For the health and safety of our campers and pets, any camper that is not wearing closed-toed shoes during the program will not be permitted to interact with any pets outside of their kennel. Please keep in mind that some activities throughout the day may cause damage to your child’s clothing. Clothing or headwear containing images of violence, profanity, or discrimination are not permitted.
At this time, the SAHS does not have an opportunity that calls for volunteers under the age of 18. General volunteers must be at least 18 years old and must have a signed release form from a parent in order to volunteer. People who are interested in becoming a general volunteer must attend an orientation and are subject to a background check for those who are 18 years of age and older. The Shelter Helpers Service Club is an opportunity designed with our younger guests in mind! This single-day camp allows us to conduct a safe, structured, and supervised opportunity for those who are too young and/or cannot commit to the general volunteer program. As an added benefit, participants of the Shelter Helpers Service Club may transition into the general volunteer program once they are of age.
This program is available to children in grades 6-12. Once your child has graduated from high school or has turned 18, they are no longer eligible to participate in the Shelter Helpers Service Club and may register to become a SAHS General Volunteer, beginning at 18 years of age.