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Care Cadet Camp

Applications for Care Cadet Camp 2019 will open on January 11, 2019. The deadline to apply is March 8, 2019.

About the Care Cadet Program

Are you interested in...

  • Humane treatment of animals?
  • Learning more about pet care?
  • Acting as a humane educator at your school?
  • Training shelter dogs/cats to help them find loving homes?

Care Cadet Camp is an educational program designed to develop responsible pet owners and human educators. Care Cadets are children who have a sincere interest in all animals, especially companion animals. They share an eagerness to learn more about animal care and the function of the LA/SPCA in our community. Applicants must have completed the fifth grade and will enter the sixth or seventh grade in the fall of 2019. Acceptance into the program is based on an application and interview process.

Campers will cover topics including proper care and handling of pets, pet diseases, overpopulation, the importance of spaying and neutering, animal behavior and training, responsible pet ownership, and much more. Working in pairs, the campers will be assigned a shelter dog/cat to obedience train during the three-week camp.

Campers are tested weekly on all of the materials presented to ensure that our Care Cadets are well-trained volunteers.Graduates of the program assist at the shelter and with special events following the completion of their training. As the Cadets enter junior high school and high school, they may volunteer at the shelter to fulfill their community service requirements.

Applicants Must:

  • Have completed fifth grade and be eligible to enter either the sixth or seventh grade in the fall of 2019
  • Complete the entire application and submit no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Have two references complete the reference forms by Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Have transportation arrangements to and from the shelter daily for the duration of camp
  • Have arrangements for before and after-camp care. There are no arrangements available at the shelter for before or after camp care.


The tuition cost is $500 for the entire three-week program. Once accepted, tuition is due by Friday, May 3, 2019. Tuition covers a Care Cadet leash, nametag, all training materials and supplies, guest speaker fees, Care Cadet notebook, field trips and one Care Cadet T-shirt. Tuition does NOT cover lunch, which Cadets must bring daily.
A scholarship from the Rosamary Fund is available to one qualified applicant.


Promising applicants will be interviewed by the program coordinator. You will be contacted by telephone to schedule an interview.


Two references are required. One must be from the applicant's teacher, the second should be from an adult who is not a relative or a teacherbut who knows the applicant well. Examples include a scout leader, counselor, principal, church or religious leader, vet, dog trainer, pet sitting client or neighbor. Reference forms for each are available below. References should be filled out online and must be submitted by Friday, March 1, 2019.


Care Cadet T-shirt with shorts or pants and closed-toe, rubber soled shoes. Extra shirts are available for an additional cost of $15 each.

Important Dates

  • Applications/References Due: Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Interviews: will be scheduled individually
  • Acceptance letters mailed: Friday, April 26, 2019
  • Tuition Due: Friday, May 3, 2019
  • Camp Dates: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., June 3-21, 2019
  • Graduation: Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 10 a.m. Family members invited and encouraged to attend!


All questions regarding Care Cadet Camp should be directed to our Youth Programs department. Email education@la-spca.org for more information.

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