Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) needs more voices for animals! At HSSV, kids and teens can develop responsibility and compassion for animals in need through our many education-focused volunteering programs.

Mark your calendars!! Applications for Summer Camp Counselors for the 2020 Camp Season open March 15th.

Compassion In Action (CIA)

CIA is a three-month long program for students who have a passion for helping animals. Students will volunteer directly with dogs and cats, learn about trending animal welfare topics and work on critical community service projects to help the animals in our care.

Next Session starts in Fall 2020!

Read testimonials from past students and read our FAQs section for more information.

For Ages: 14 – 17 years old

Cost: $100.00 for entire program

Contact: If you have any questions, please call us at 408-262-2133 x160 or email education@hssv.org.

Testimonials

“My interest in animals has increased and I’m not nervous around cats anymore!” —Nallely N.

“I think that doing CIA made me realize how many homeless dogs there are, and I see the importance of doing something to change that.” —Jordan A.

“I have been in this program for about a year. I really enjoy socializing the animals, and I feel very trusted.” —Jessica H.

“After CIA I think I have better people skills than I originally thought.” —Natalie S.

“I have had such an amazing experience. There’s so much I can share now, with my friends and family and I hope all the animals I have come to love at HSSV will find a loving home.” —Katrina S.

“Overall, everything I learned gave me more of an understanding of why pets do the things they do.” —Gabriella Z

“I became a lot more interested in dogs. The program also allowed me to see what life is like for animals in shelters. I made a few good friends and the program was definitely a good experience.” —Emma R.

FAQs

Summer Camp Counselors

Volunteer camp counselors play a huge part in making the camper experience exciting, fun, and memorable. Camp counselors get community service hours and have an experience that will last a lifetime!

Here Are Some Things You’ll Want To Consider Before Applying:

  • Are you 14 – 18 years old?
  • Are you mature, self-motivated, and dependable?
  • Do you love working with animals and kids?
  • Can you come to a 2-hour group interview at the shelter?
  • Can you volunteer in at least one camp session and attend one camp counselor training?

How Do I Apply To Be A Camp Counselor?

  • Fill out an application (note: a link to the application will be available in March of each year)
  • During the application process, you will sign up for a Group Interview!
  • We’ll let you know if we have a spot for you this summer. We’ll also confirm your camp dates and ask that you bring your $90 registration fee with you to the first day of camp training

Want To Be A Camp Counselor?

Watch the video to see what it’s all about!

Animal Starz – All sessions are full for Spring 2020!

Students are trained to work directly with the animals in our care and get community service hours while they’re at it! They’ll also learn about important and trending topics in animal welfare and do projects around the shelter.

(Check back in September 2020 for new sessions)

For Ages: 10–13 years old

Cost: $75.00 per session (2 hours each week, for 4 weeks)

Contact: If you have any questions, please call us at 408-262-2133 x138 or email education@hssv.org