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, enjoy presentations from local rescue organizations and for some sessions, take a half day field trip (please see session details for information regarding field trips).

New this year – 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 waitlist 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 waitlist will appear on this page when it is open.

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.

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 $45 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’s must fall in the specified age range within three months of 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.

School Year Camps

Registration for 2018-2019 School Year Camp PAWS dates is now open. We look forward to seeing you this year! 


One Day Camps

One Day Camps:
Cost: $65 per camper, per day
Hours: 9am-4pm (aftercare available until 5pm for an additional $15)
Staff to Camper Ratio: Minimum 1:10

Winter Break

3-Day Week Long Camp:
Cost: $175 per camper
Hours: 9am-4pm, Wednesday through Friday (aftercare available until 5pm for an additional $35)
Staff to Camper Ratio: Minimum 1:10

Spring Break

Week Long Camp:
Cost: $285 per camper
Hours: 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday (aftercare available until 5pm for an additional $45)
Staff to Camper Ratio: Minimum 1:10