Our 6.5-acre Main Campus makes the perfect setting for animal-loving youth ages 5 – 13 to learn more about caring & advocating for animals. Through learning activities & crafts, animal interactions, visits from special guests & field trips to other organizations, campers spend their time with us exploring topics such as:
- How to care for & train many types of companion animals
- How to be responsible pet guardians
- Careers with animals
- The challenges that animals face
- Protecting many types of animals–both wild & companion– & the planet
- Other ways humans can help
Each camp session is led by Animal Humane’s professional Humane Educators, with help from Animal Humane Education Volunteers &, during the summer, Youth Volunteer Counselors, trained students age 15-18 who wish to volunteer some of their summer hours to help homeless pets & their community.
Summer Camp 2022
2022 Camp Humane Sessions
For the 2021 season, we will be offering our Winter Adventure Camp!
Our 2022 Summer Camp Sessions registration will open mid-April. Please check back regularly for more details.
Animal Humane follows all NMDOH mask guidelines.
Frequently Asked Questions
The following FAQs are for our Summer Camp Humane sessions. Summer Camp Session registration will open mid-April 2022.
What dates are camp sessions held? For Summer 2022 Camp Humane, there will be three one week sessions by age group:
Session I (Ages 11-13): June 13 -17
Session II (Ages 8-10): June 27 – July 1
Camp Humane Junior (Ages 5-7 who have completed kindergarten): July 11-14 (half-day Monday – Thursday only)
What time is the camp in session?
Sessions I & II are full-day sessions, which run from 9 am to 3:30 pm.
Camp Humane Junior is a half-day camp and runs from 9 am to 12:30 pm.
What is the acceptable age range for camp?
Sessions I & II are for children aged 8 to 13 years.
Camp Humane Junior is for children ages 5 – 7 (Attendees must have completed kindergarten.)
My child does not currently fall into the age range for the sessions I would like to sign him/her up for. Can I sign up anyway?
In order to provide campers with the best and most educational experience possible, our Camp Humane sessions are designed specifically for the advertised age ranges. Therefore, children cannot be enrolled in sessions intended for older or younger children.
What is the cost of Camp Humane?
Sessions I & II are $275 per child for the day. Camp Humane Junior is $125 per child.
What is included in the registration fee?
The registration fee includes all days of camp, activities, materials, daily snacks, guest speakers, and a camp T-shirt for all sessions. For Sessions I & II, registration also includes a field trip.
Are there scholarships available if my family cannot afford the full registration fee?
Please check back for more information.
What types of animals will my child interact with at Camp Humane?
Camp curriculum changes from year to year, and campers have a chance to meet different animals each year. Campers will always have the opportunity to meet some of Animal Humane’s pet residents – cats, kittens, dogs & puppies. Because campers will interact with both dogs and cats during their session, these camps are not appropriate for children with moderate to severe allergies to either species. Campers have also met or learned about some of the following types of animals over the past few years: bunnies, horses, small animals such as hedgehogs, snakes, lizards, tortoises and infects.
Please note: While shelter pets are an important part of the summer camp experience, time with our adoptable pets will be limited and closely monitored for the safety of both our pets and our campers.
How do I register my child?
Registration can be made online only beginning in mid-April.
How do I know when registration is complete?
Upon completion of the online registration forms and payment, you will receive an email confirmation. If you think you completed registration but do not receive an email confirmation, please verify your registration by emailing SummerCamps@AnimalHumaneNM.org.
What payment options do you take?
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express. Payment must be made at the time of registration.
What is your cancellation policy?
Please notify camp staff at least 14 days prior to your child’s camp session if you wish to cancel. Registration fees will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to your camp session.
Animal Humane reserves the right to cancel camp sessions due to insufficient registration or based on New Mexico Department of Health guidelines. If a camp session is canceled by Animal Humane, all registration fees will be refunded in full.
When does registration end?
Registration will close in early June or as each camp session fills, whichever occurs first.
What forms are required prior to the start of camp?
In addition to a completed registration, and prior to the start of camp, we require that a Photo/Media Release and Liability Waiver be on file for each camp participant. These forms are available to download as part of the registration process.
Is there a waiting list?
If the session you are interested in enrolling your child in is full, please contact us at SummerCamps@AnimalHumaneNM.org with your full name, your child’s name & the session you are interested in. If a space opens in any session and your child’s name comes up on the list, we will call to notify you. When accepting a spot, you will be given a specific time frame in which registration and payment must be received to secure your child’s spot in that session. If registration is not complete within the timeframe, we will contact the next family on the list for that particular opening. Addition to the waiting list does not guarantee a spot in any camp session.
Do you provide lunch?
We ask that your child bring a healthy sack lunch and drink for camp. We will provide a snack during each session. Also, although water fountains are always available, we ask that your child bring a reusable water bottle.
Do you accept children with special needs, allergies or medical conditions?
Your child will come into contact with cats, dogs, peanut butter and other common allergens while at camp. Interactions with dogs and cats will occur during your child’s camp session. Therefore, children with a significant cat or dog allergy will not be able to enjoy a full camp experience.
With regards to children with medical conditions and special needs, please contact us to discuss your child’s needs at SummerCamps@AnimalHumaneNM.org.
How many campers are in each session?
There will be a maximum of 15 campers per session in Sessions I & II and a maximum of 12 campers in Camp Humane Junior.
Can friends/siblings attend the same camp session?
As long as they are within the same session age group, absolutely.
Do you offer before or after care?
At this time, we do not offer before or after care.
What is the pick-up/drop-off procedure?
Drop off is from 8:45 am – 9 am each morning. Pick-up is at either 12:30 pm (for 5 – 7-year-olds) or 3:30 pm (for all other ages). You will be required to sign your child in and out with a staff member at the time of drop-off/pick-up and will be required to show identification during pick-up. Campers can be dropped off & picked up directly outside the Education Room on the north side of our Main Campus’ Big Blue building.
How are emergencies handled?
In the case of an emergency, camp staff will contact the parent or guardian using the contact information provided at the time of registration. If you cannot be reached, we will leave a message and attempt to contact the listed emergency contact. In the event that you need to reach your child during camp hours, please contact our Humane Educator, Jeanne Frye-Mason at 505.238.1220.
How many campers are assigned to a counselor?
We will have between 1 and 3 Humane Education Volunteers for each session of camp. Additionally, camp sessions are supervised by our Humane Education staff at all times.
Who are the camp counselors?
Our Junior Volunteer Counselors are high school-aged students between the ages of 15 and 18 who have been through a comprehensive interview and training process.
What does my child need to bring to camp?
Campers must bring:
-a reusable water bottle
-Sunscreen (please apply before dropping your child off)
To ensure there are no mix-ups, please label everything with your child’s name.
What should my child not bring to camp?
We discourage campers from bringing anything of value with them to camp. Electronic items, toys and games should be left at home. Animal Humane New Mexico is not responsible for lost, stolen or broken items that may be brought to camp. Cell phones brought to camp should only be used to contact parents in the case of an emergency.
While participating in the camp, all participants are expected to treat other campers, staff, volunteers and animals with respect and compassion. We will review behavior guidelines with campers at the beginning of each session. These guidelines include expectations for calm, appropriate behavior around visiting animals, following the directions of camp staff and counselors, staying with the group, participating in camp activities and treating all other campers with kindness.
If a camper is unable to consistently follow these guidelines, they may be asked to leave camp for the rest of the session. If a camper is dismissed for behavioral reasons, there will be no refund.
We have a zero-tolerance policy regarding bullying and fighting with fellow campers or harmful treatment of animals. Acts of this nature are grounds for immediate dismissal from the camp session with no refund available.
Camper Cell Phone / Electronics
Campers may bring a cell phone to camp at the request of a parent or guardian. However, campers should expect to use this phone only to contact parents in case of an emergency or to contact a parent to pick them up at the end of the camp day. Calling, texting or playing games on cell phones during camp activities is not permitted and may result in confiscation of the phone until pick-up time. Other electronics should be left at home.
Our shelter is located at 615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. It is one block west of the Kirtland Air Force Base Wyoming Blvd. gate. If you have any questions about how to get to our location, please visit the locations page of our website.
Drop Off & Pick Up
Morning drop-off begins at 8:50 am & we ask that all children be picked up no later than 3:40 pm (for ages 8-13) & 12:40 pm (for ages 5-7). You will be required to sign your child in and out with a staff member at the time of drop-off/pick-up and will be required to show identification during pick-up. Campers should be dropped off & picked up outside of the Education Room directly across from the main parking lot, in the middle of the Big Blue building.
Camp Humane Policies
To cancel your camp registration, please notify camp staff at least 14 days prior to your child’s camp session. The camp registration fee will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to your camp session. Animal Humane reserves the right to cancel camp sessions due to insufficient registration or based on New Mexico Department of Health guidelines. If a camp session is canceled by Animal Humane, all registration fees will be refunded in full.
Time with Animals
While shelter pets are an important part of the Summer Camp experience, time with our adoptable pets will be limited and closely monitored for the safety of both our pets and our campers. Please note that time is spent with both cats and dogs during camp. If you are concerned about your child possibly having mild allergies to pets, we recommend you discuss options for helping your child stay comfortable during pet interactions with your pediatrician prior to camp and administer any needed medication prior to the camp day. Camp Humane staff cannot be responsible for medicine administration or providing alternatives to animal interactions if your child has pet allergies. It is therefore not recommended for children to have significant allergies to either cats or dogs. Our goal in camp is to teach responsibility and compassion toward animals, and we will have many ways to reach this goal. Therefore, while campers will have opportunities to learn more about and meet with different animals, they should not expect to spend significant amounts of time working with or handling homeless pets waiting for adoption. Any animal handling/interactions will be closely monitored and restricted as necessary to ensure the safety of all animals and campers.
2022 Junior Volunteer Counselors
Junior Volunteer Counselors are needed for our 2022 Summer Camp Sessions. Junior Volunteer Counselors are high school-aged students between the ages of 15 and 18. Please email SummerCamps@AnimalHumaneNM.org for more information.