Where compassionate kids meet animal advocacy

The Fredericksburg SPCA is excited to launch a robust Humane Education Program which offers youth programs to our community with opportunities for children and young adults to learn about animals and harness their compassionate nature. Each program will have sessions for kids ages 6 – 9 and 10 – 13.


Compassionate Care Camp

Compassionate Care Camp debuts during spring break and summertime as one-week-long sessions! Children enrolled in camp will meet at the facility for 3 hours each day from Monday through Friday. Our Camp Counselors cover topics such as how to care for animals, learning body language, animal-related careers, and much more. Each child will receive a camp t-shirt that they will get to tie-dye. Compassionate Care Camp also includes hands-on learning opportunities while working with animals.

To provide a unique and exclusive opportunity to each child, we limit the summer camp to 15 children per session. 

Compassionate Care Camp tickets are on sale for spring/summer 2024!

For this 2024 season of Compassionate Care Camp, the Fredericksburg SPCA is offering a limited number of tuition-free scholarships to children who have family members of Active Duty, Veterans, and First Responders in our community. These scholarships are made possible by a generous grant awarded to us from The Latham Foundation for the Promotion of Humane Education. If you are interested in learning more about this scholarship opportunity, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Humane Educator, Rachel, at [email protected].


Humane Education Comes to you

Do you want the Fredericksburg SPCA to come out on location and teach your group or students about who we are, what we do and how they can help? The Fredericksburg SPCA offers a wide array of topics tailored to different age groups of children and young adults. Each speaker presentation is 45 – 60 minutes depending on topics covered and Q & A session.  Please fill out the form and a member of our Humane Education Team will contact you shortly.

Jr Volunteer

Junior Volunteer Program

The FredSPCA Junior Volunteer Program is a mixture of humane education and volunteering in action!

Junior Volunteers will spend an hour discussing and learning about important topics in animal welfare including the importance of spaying and neutering your pets, debunking harmful animal stereotypes, environmentalism, animal care & safety, and much more! 

Junior Volunteers will also have the opportunity to participate in fun service projects from writing adoption bios and creating animal welfare PSAs, to hands-on projects like making homemade enrichment toys for shelter animals!

If your child has a desire to help the animals in their community while learning how they can help animals all over the world, then this is a perfect opportunity.

This program offers volunteer hours your child may need for school or extracurricular activities.

Youth WorkShops

To coincide with school holidays, the Fred SPCA is now offering youth workshops!
Led by our Humane Educator, students will learn about a wide range of animal related topics! The goal of these workshops complements our mission to inspire, grow, and lead with compassion and respect toward animals, people and the environment. The activities, crafts, and lessons will vary based on age group and topic for each workshop. Continue below for a brief description and age groups of the workshops we currently offer! 

Each workshop is from 9am to 4pm at the Fredericksburg SPCA.