What is Camp PAWS?

Our camp program involves humane education lessons on many topics depending on the session and age group. Some past topics have been pet photography, animal communication, bird identification and wildlife conservation. Participants will also visit with adoptable animals each day, provide enrichment and training with shelter animals and enjoy presentations from local rescue organizations.

Minor waiver and consent forms have now been built into the registration process. So, once you have read through all of the camp information and completed your registration, you are all set and no additional forms are needed. The only exception to this is if your child needs medication during camp. All medications need to be accompanied by a completed Medication Release Form signed by a doctor (for prescription medications) and a parent (for over-the-counter medications).

Camp Hours

Camp hours are from 9am-4pm. Doors to camp open at 8:50am. To ensure our staff has time to prepare for the fun day of camp, those who arrive prior to that will kindly be asked to wait in the vestibule area.  Late pickups more than 10 minutes after the camp end time may be charged a $25 late pickup fee.

Registering for Different Sessions

To allow campers to attend more than one week of Camp PAWS each summer, we offer a “session 1” and “session 2.” Each week of session one will contain similar activities and the same applies for the weeks of session 2. If your camper would like to attend more than one week of Camp PAWS, we ask that they attend one week of each session. Activities are modified and adapted for different age groups.


When a session sells out, a link to the wait list will be available on the website. Open spots will be filled in the order they are received and you will be contacted if a spot opens up. We do have some last minute cancellations and will fill spots up to the first day of that particular session. The wait list for summer of 2020 can be found here:  Camp PAWS Wait List

Cancellation Policy

If a cancellation is made prior to 60 days before your start date of camp , a refund will be given less a $50 administrative fee, per participant. For cancellations less than 60 days from your camp start date, no refunds will be given. This policy also applies to after care registration and refunds will not be issued after the above timeline for those that register for but do not attend after care. Unfortunately, transfers to a different week are not able to be done on our end and require being issued a refund (the above policy applies) and re-registering for another available week.  Please email humaneed@hshv.org to request a transfer.  Our special extended refund period has closed as of June 30th, 2020. 

After Care

HSHV offers a limited amount of after care spaces for each camp session. Families do have the option to register their child for after care for an additional $65 fee for week long camps, $15 for one day camps (per child, per session). After care hours are from 4-5pm. Space is limited and registration for after care is available during the general camp registration. All after care fees follow the cancellation policy listed above.

At this time, we do not have a morning extended day option.

Age Range

We offer different sessions for various age groups, including ages 4-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-15, and 15-17. Because our programming is designed for each specific age group, we ask that all participants register for their designated weeks. At this time, we do not make exceptions to the age designations, but do offer an all ages week to allow for sibling groups to attend together.

Each of our camps is designed for a specific age range as noted in the description. Our policy is that each camper must fall in the specified age range at the camp start date.

Do the staff and volunteers have a background check?

All of our staff and volunteers involved in our programming have a full background check and go through training on safety and health procedures. All camp staff members have current First Aid and CPR certification. Our Director of Humane Education is also a certified teacher in the state of Michigan.

Lunch & Snacks

Campers will need to bring a lunch and drink each day of camp. Unfortunately, refrigerators and microwaves are not available, so please plan accordingly. HSHV will provide a small snack each day of camp and will consist of items such as veggies, pretzels, crackers, etc. Participants are welcome to bring their own snack to meet any dietary or allergy needs and are also encouraged to bring a water bottle each day.

Allergy Information

Peanut/Dairy Allergies: Our shelter regularly uses peanut butter and cheese with dogs and we are not a peanut free camp environment. During camp, peanut butter smells will be in the air and some dogs may have peanut butter near their mouths. We cannot guarantee that children will not come into contact with peanut butter, cheese or other allergens. Animal Allergies: Children will come into contact daily with animals, which may include but is not limited to: cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits and reptiles. We cannot guarantee that children will not come into contact with any of these animals.



limited number of scholarships for Camp PAWS summer programs are available for families who are in financial need and would not otherwise be able to attend. Applications can be emailed to humaneed@hshv.org, faxed to (734) 662-0749, mailed or dropped off at HSHV Attn: Humane Education, 3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Scholarship applicants should not register for camp as spaces for scholarships are separate from general registration. Preference is given to first time applicants. Participants may be awarded up to one scholarship per camp season and up to two scholarships in a lifetime.  The deadline for summer 2020 scholarship has passed.  We’re sorry – late applications cannot be accepted. We hope you can join us next summer! 

Medication Information


If a child will bring medications to camp with them, we do require that a medication release form is brought on the first day of camp. This form must is required for both prescription and over the counter medications. When a prescription medication is brought to camp, the form must also include a doctor’s signature. We’re sorry – for your child’s safety we will be unable to administer medications without a completed form. You can find our medication release form here: Medication Release Form 

School Year Camps

Election Day Camp

Election Day Camp:

Tuesday, November 3 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$65 per camper

This special one-day session of Camp PAWS will include:

  • visits with adoptable animals
  • enrichment toy/treat making
  • humane education lessons
  • art, games and activities
  • visit from a guest speaker

Through our Camp PAWS program campers will learn how to care for and respect our animal friends. Designed for children ages 6-11, campers will engage in activities that will help to prepare them to become responsible and compassionate future pet owners!

Campers will be responsible for bringing their own lunch. Camp hours are from 9-4pm. 

All campers will need to wear face coverings at all times, except during lunch and snack. We will also complete a Covid-19 check in at arrival which includes screening questions and taking each campers temperature using a contactless thermometer. Unfortunately, any camper that has a fever over 100.4 or is experiencing or exhibiting any symptoms on the Covid-19 check list will not be able to participate in camp.

Weekday Camp

Weekday Camp:

5 days/week, Mondays – Fridays
Hours:  Mornings – 8 a.m. – noon; Afternoons – 1 – 4 p.m.
Can enroll in Mornings, Afternoons, or Full Days (discount for full days)
  • Mornings: $200/week
  • Afternoons: $150/week
  • Full days: $295/week
Maximum 10 children per week

Morning Session: We’ll focus on assisting students with virtual learning, using their devices from home and personal school schedule. Our humane education staff will be available to assist your child with synchronous and asynchronous learning activities and will offer optional games, crafts and animal interactions. $200/week

Afternoon Session: Afternoons are a more “camp like” experience with scheduled activities and animal interactions. Staff will be ready and happy to assist those students who will be participating in virtual learning sessions throughout the afternoon. $150/week

Lunch: For our full day students, lunch and movement time will take place from 12-1pm. Please bring a drink and lunch for your child to enjoy. HSHV is not a peanut-free building.

Snack: If your child would like to bring a snack to enjoy in the morning or afternoon, they are welcome to do so. HSHV will not be providing snacks.

Refund Policy: Unfortunately, due to the timing and high demand for this program, we are unable to offer refunds. If your child is sick or you are unable to attend your scheduled session, please contact humaneed@hshv.org to discuss options.

Covid-19 Information: Your child’s safety is of utmost importance to us. Our fall session of Camp PAWS is offered in an effort to provide care to our youngest supporters during the global pandemic. Please note that students will need to complete a check in process each day consisting of questions regarding symptoms and exposure and a temperature taken with a thermal thermometer. Unfortunately, any child who has had exposure to anyone diagnosed with Covid-19, exhibits or experiences any symptoms of Covid-19 or has a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be able to participate in Camp PAWS. Those who have any symptoms will not be able to return to camp for at least 14 days. To learn more about our Covid-19 procedures, please read the information provided here.

What to bring:

  • Your child’s virtual schedule along with links for any synchronous learning sessions (these can be emailed to humaneed@hshv.org)
  • Your child’s device for virtual learning along with headphones.
  • Basic school supplies that your child will need (crayons, markers, pencils, etc.)
  • While we will not be providing a snack for each session, your child is welcome to bring their own snacks from home.
  • If your child is staying for the full day, please bring a lunch and drink for your child to enjoy.
  • Each child will be required to wear a mask throughout the entire day. Our staff will provide breaks as needed in an outdoor space.

Please note: while we will do our best to ensure things run smoothly regarding your child’s virtual learning experience, if we do run into technological issues we will be sure to let you know.