Youth Programs

Willamette Humane Society is committed to educating youth about treating animals with  kindness, compassion, and responsibility in a safe manner. Our programs empower youth to take action, help homeless pets in their community, and understand the difference they can make.

Note: WHS prioritizes the safety of community members, employees, volunteers, and pets. Our youth programming is carefully planned around COVID-19 guidelines and some programs might currently be unavailable. Please check back for future updates.

Hybrid Summer Camps for 2021

We are proud to offer hybrid summer camps for youth entering grades 1st-6th, as well as Junior Camp Counselor volunteer roles for teens aged 14-17. These in-person and virtual camp opportunities are sure to be the perfect fit for the young animal lover in your home. Read more and register below!

Pet Adventure Camp
This Summer break, have fun, make new friends, and learn—all while making the world a better place! In our hybrid summer camp programs, campers will learn all about animals and the awesomeness of community service while having a blast. 

Our camps are packed with animal-themed games, outdoor activities, virtual guest speakers and tons of projects to brighten up the lives of our shelter guests who are awaiting their forever home. Campers will also gain training skills and give our animals plenty of TLC!

1st-2nd Grade 

  • Monday – Wednesday, In-person; 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Sessions: June 28th-30th & August 16th-18th
  • Cost: $190 per participant, includes t-shirt and take-home projects.

3rd-4th Grade

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday. In-person 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday & Thursday Virtual 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Sessions: July 5th- 9th, July 26th-30th, & August 9th-13th
  • Cost: $250 per participant, includes t-shirt and take-home projects.

5th-6th Grade 

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday. In-person 9 a.m.-4 p.m.;
  • Tuesday & Thursday Virtual 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Sessions: July 12th-16th, July 19th-23rd, & August 2nd-6th
  • Cost: $250 per participant, includes t-shirt and take-home projects.

If this cost is a financial burden to your family, scholarships are available. Please contact the Community Education and Outreach Coordinator for more information.

Questions about camp registration? 

Email: education@whs4pets.org

Youth Service Opportunities

Become a Junior Camp Counselor. Have a teen ages 14-17 looking for summer volunteer opportunities? We are seeking seasonal volunteers who would like to help support our camps this summer as Junior Camp Counselors (JCCs). JCCs help with all aspects of running camp, from welcoming campers, to running activities, to learning about animal welfare. JCCs are asked to commit to two weeks of camp during the summer, as well attending training at the start of the season. Interested youth can sign up for an interview here

Find out more about JCC’s or ask a question, please email education@whs4pets.org.

Participate in a service project. From coordinating a recycling drive to running a fundraiser, there are many ways that youth can help pets in our community. Collaborate with us, and your students can participate in an activity that directly helps shelter pets. Find out what shelter animals currently need at our wishlist

Questions about service opportunities? email: education@whs4pets.org

Virtual Shelter Tours

Does your group want to meet adoptable animals? Are you looking for an opportunity to learn more about Willamette Humane Society? Go where the school bus can’t and join us for an educational and fun virtual tour of our facility. We welcome school classrooms, scouts, clubs, community organizations, and more to visit us. Each tour includes an overview of our life-saving work and a guided tour of our shelter. Meet some of our adoptable dogs and cats!

Virtual Tours run October-March. Join us again in the fall when registration reopens for another fun tour season!

Shelter Storytime

Love reading? Love animals? Join us this fall for Shelter Storytime, where youth ages 5 to 11 can read to cats and dogs in our shelter.

Reading to animals has a positive impact on the animals and the humans involved. Individual attention and human interaction reduces stress and anxiety in shelter animals and helps them find homes faster. Reading to pets helps students improve their reading fluency and comprehension by allowing them to practice reading aloud without fear of judgement. Dogs and cats are the most forgiving listeners!

This program is available to families or youth groups directly through the shelter on weekends during the school year. Books, treats for the animals, and blankets are provided, but families and groups are welcome to bring their own. 

Check back at the end of summer for updates on how to sign up.