CAHS youth education programs enrich the community by focusing on humane education throughout a child’s life.

Elementary curriculum explores a series of hands-on activity stations that reinforce concepts in veterinary care, pet costs, pet grooming, pet point of view, animal cruelty and animal careers. Middle and high school programs focus on pet overpopulation, animal cruelty, animal abuse and human violence, and careers directly or indirectly involving animals. Email Lexy at [email protected] to learn more.


2022 Summer Camps

The Capital Area Humane Society is pleased to offer an array of 2022 summer session educational opportunities. Please note that camp sessions fill quickly each year, and we recommend registering for sessions as soon as you are able to guarantee a space in our programs. Program fees are non-refundable. Please reach out to Lexy at [email protected] for additional information.

Bark in the Arts Camp – Ages 8-11     Fee: $250 – CAMP FULL

Create your own unique and dazzling works of art using the CAHS pets as inspiration. Campers will learn beginner techniques in sketching, painting, and other disciplines. Find your artistic side on a dog walk or during TLC time with our pets.

June 27- July 1 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
*After care from 4-4:30 p.m. is available for an additional $25.

NEW Pet Care Specialist Camp- Ages 12-15        Fee: $250 – CAMP FULL
Animal lovers are provided the opportunity to explore a week in the life of shelter staff through this fun and educational camp experience. Guest speakers, projects, and job shadowing provide insight into the wide variety of animal-related occupations that help the shelter run smoothly.

July 11-15 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
*After care from 4-4:30 p.m. is available for an additional $25.

Animal Adventure Camp – Ages 8-11     Fee: $225 – CAMP FULL
This camp presents a new animal theme each day. Campers will explore pets and the animal kingdom through games, art, activities, and special visitors. Hands-on TLC time with our animals is always part of the day.
July 25-29 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
*After care from 4 p.m.-4:30 p.m. is available for an additional $25.

Jr. Explorers Pet Camp – Ages 4-7     Fee: $125 – CAMP FULL
This mini-version of our popular Animal Adventure Camp is perfect for the first time campers and animal handlers. Explorers will learn about pets and animal safety through stories, games, art, and TLC time with our pets.

August 8-12 | 12-4 p.m.
*After care from 4-4:30 p.m. is available for an additional $20.


Special Events | August 22-26

This year, CAHS is pleased to offer a variety of single-day events as we pilot a variety programs, both new and old, within our Humane Education program. Additional information is provided below for each event.

Tales to Tails – Ages 4-8      Fee: $5 reading only | $20 reading, plus a book and stuffed animal for participants to keep

Reading helps shy and fearful dogs and cats to learn to relax and socialize with people. When children tell stories to the shelter pets, it also helps them develop their reading skills. Join us for

August 22 |12-12:30 p.m. | Participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

SAVE Day – Ages 13-17        Fee: $25 – PROGRAM FULL

Is your student looking for opportunities to volunteer in the community? This may be the program for you! Our NEW Single-Afternoon Volunteering Event (SAVE) Day is an opportunity for students to earn service hours through the shelter, while interacting with a variety of shelter animals.

August 23 |12-3 p.m.

Careers in Animal Welfare – Ages 8-12       Fee: $25 – PROGRAM FULL

Welcome to the world of animal welfare! In this event, students will learn about multiple animal-related careers, with the opportunity to ask questions from experts in a variety of fields. Topics covered include veterinary work, marine biology, zoo keeping, and other animal-related specialties.

August 24 |12-4 p.m.

Sensory Friendly Day – Open to all ages    Fee: There is no fee for this event – PROGRAM FULL

CAHS is proud to announce a NEW sensory friendly experience. This program is designed to allow children or adults of all ages with special needs and unique challenges (such as autism or developmental disabilities), along with their families, to have an enriching educational experience in a sensory friendly environment. Families will be able to interact with shelter cats, with the opportunity to adopt available program cats.

August 25 | Please contact Lexy at [email protected] to schedule a timeslot

Pets & Pajamas Movie Night – Ages 8-10  Fee: $30 for the first participant, $20 for each additional participant from the same household

Want to end the summer on a high note? Join us for a movie night at the shelter! Participants will spend hands-on time with our animals, and watch an animal-themed movie. Theater-style snacks and refreshments will be provided.

August 26 |4-7 p.m.

Tales to Tails – Please see above camp schedule for scheduled dates

Tales to Tails is our newest way to share special time with our furry friends.

Reading helps shy and fearful dogs and cats to learn to relax and socialize with people? It helps to teach high-energy dogs that calm behavior is desirable. When children tell stories to the shelter pets, it also helps them develop their reading skills.

Children ages 4-8 are welcome to participate in this program. CAHS provides a variety of animal-themed books and seat cushions. However, children are welcome to bring their own books from home. A parent/guardian must accompany each reader and remain with the child at all times. Please note that space is limited.

To register for our Tales to Tails program, please register through the summer camps form above, or contact our Community Relations Manager, Lexy, at [email protected] for details.


Classroom Visits

We love to visit classrooms in the Tri-County area and have a wide variety of programs designed to teach humane values. We are always interested in developing new ideas and our education team can assist teachers in developing specialized lessons. Each visit includes an optional visit from a shelter pet. There is a $25 fee associated with these visits. To schedule a visit, please contact Lexy at (517) 626-6060.

Shelter Tours

We offer group tours and presentations for school field trips and other community organizations. Each tour consists of a presentation in our education room, a tour of our shelter, and an opportunity to meet some of our shelter pets in a very safe, hands-on experience. Our presentations can be tailored to meet the needs of individual groups. There is a $25 fee associated with shelter tours, but many groups choose to donate items from our shelter wish list. To schedule a tour, please contact Lexy at (517) 626-6060.

Community Visits

We are moving beyond our shelter walls to provide important programs and services to people in a variety of neighborhoods of our Mid-Michigan community. Our goal is to increase accessibility for people in identified areas; making it easier to become connected to valuable programs and services. Now, in addition to hosting many programs at our shelter, we are taking our services on the road, directly to people who need our help.

Girl Scout and Boy Scout Badge Programs

CAHS offers lessons to assist troop leaders in attaining badges. Lessons may be planned around Daisy Scouts, Brownies, Juniors, Cub Scouts, Lions, and more. Please email Lexy at [email protected] to schedule a visit.