Camp Pawprint - Summer Break

Camp Pawprint is a series of week-long day camps recommended for children ages 7-13. Camp activities include animal interactions, humane education lessons, service projects, group games, animal crafts and presentations from local animal experts.

We offer three themes during the summer. While activities, lessons and visitors vary for each theme, every week includes a tour of the DCHS Main Shelter, animal care lessons and interactions, and guest speakers.

Please review the Camp Pawprint Policies And Waiver before registering your child.


Weekly fee (Monday - Friday, 9am - 3pm): $285

Weekly fees include a healthy morning snack each day and a photo of your camper with one of our education animals.

After care fee (3pm - 5pm): $75 for entire week

After care fees include a healthy afternoon snack.

Animal Allies

Animal Allies focuses on animals traditionally kept as pets and how to care for them, as well as different ways to help animals in our community. Through animal interactions, campers will learn about everything from dogs and cats to rats, lizards and more! They will also learn how animal shelters help animals in need and how to be safe around animals they meet.

  • June 11-15 (full)
  • July 9-13 (full)
  • July 30- August 3 (full)
  • August 20-24 (full)

PETacular Professions

PETacular Professions focuses on professions that involve working directly with animals. Campers will learn about a variety of occupations through visits with animal professionals, such as veterinarians, dog trainers and more. Using their newly acquired knowledge and skills, campers will conduct health checks, train the shelter dogs using our Click for No Bark program and care for animals at the shelter.

  • June 18-22 (full)
  • July 16-20 (full)
  • August 6-10 (full)
  • August 27-31 (full)

Wild Things

Wild Things focuses on the wild side of the animal kingdom, from exotic pets to wild animals from Wisconsin and around the world. Campers will learn about wild animals from guest speakers and how they can help animals in their own backyards and across the globe. They will also interact with and learn about exotic animal species that can be kept as pets!

  • June 25-29 (full)
  • July 23-27 (full)
  • August 13-17 (full)

Camp Pawprint - Day Camps

DCHS offers day camp opportunities during the school year so your child can spend their days out of school learning about animals! Day camps are recommended for children ages 7 - 13.

Topics include everything from basic pet care for cats and dogs to Wisconsin wildlife. Activities could include service projects, animal visitors, games, craft projects, interactive lessons and guest speakers. Campers also spend time interacting with and caring for the DCHS education animals. A morning snack is provided, however, campers will need to bring a packed lunch.

We are currently planning out dates. Please check back soon!


Cancellation Policy

DCHS requires a minimum of five campers per camp day. If this minimum is not reached, we will inform you as soon as possible and allow you to change days or provide reimbursement. If you need to cancel registration for any reason, please contact us as soon as possible. For cancellations made more than 4 weeks prior to your day camp, you may transfer to any other week of camp that has an opening or elect to have your money refunded. For cancellations made from 1 to 4 weeks before your camp day, you may transfer to any other day of camp that has an opening, or receive a voucher good for the amount paid, less a $10 administrative fee. The voucher can be applied to Camp Pawprint fees through the end of the following calendar year. Cancellations made less than one week prior to camp, or individual missed days, are non-refundable.

Allergy Information

DCHS utilizes peanut butter for animal enrichment throughout the shelter, and is unable to provide a peanut free facility. We are unable to make accommodations for children with severe peanut allergies.