Camps for Young Pet Lovers

 To see our 2017 camp schedule, please scroll to the lower half of this page ...

Online registration for camp will open
on March 7, 2017 at noon

If you have questions about camp registration after reading the information below, please contact Donna, Animal Friends University Assistant,, Mon.-Fri.


Animal Friends' Summer Camps have been underwritten in part through the generosity of the Butch and Samuel Ash Fund.

We hope you’ll join the fun in the summer of 2017! 

Our Campers

Grade levels listed below indicate the camper's grade as of the spring of 2017. Students must be registered for the appropriate camp based upon the grade that they complete in the spring of 2017.

We do not register students outside of their grade unless the student has an intellectual disability and needs an easier camp curriculum. (If this applies to your student, please contact us before registering.)

Animal Friends' summer camps are not appropriate for students who are allergic to or fearful of dogs, cats or rabbits.

For the safety of the children and animals, all campers must be able to follow verbal directions or be accompanied by an adult who can do so.

We do not provide any pre- or post-camp child care for our campers. Drop-off is ten minutes before the start time listed for the camp session. Pick-up should be within ten minutes of the end time of the camp session. 

Online Registration


Registration for summer camp must be completed online. We are unable to accept paper or walk-in registrations. Our online registration system, RegPack, accepts Visa or Mastercard.

Due to parental permission slips and required medical information, only the parent or legal guardian of the camper may complete the registration process.

Our camps sell out quickly! 


Before logging in and/or registering, please scroll down this page to be sure the camp of your choosing is not already sold out.

If you would like your name added to a wait list for a sold out camp, please provide your name, phone number and the specific name of the camp you are interested in attending, in an email to Donna Klingelhofer, Animal Friends University Assistant, at



Once online registration is complete for a particular camp, you will receive a confirmation email shortly thereafter.  If you do not receive the confirmation email, please contact us at

Approximately two weeks prior to the start of camp, you will receive a reminder email. Attached to the reminder email will be a camp pass that you should print and bring to the first day of camp.

Summer Camp Cancellation Policy 

To receive a refund for summer camp, the refund request must be received no later than one month prior to the start date of the registered camp.

Refund requests should be sent to Donna Klingelhofer at or 412.847.7035. Refund requests received after that date will not be accepted, and the tuition will be considered a donation to Animal Friends.

AF 102 Critter Camp
For students in kindergarten or grade 1 in the spring of 2017.

Our youngest campers will delight in three consecutive days of fun activities and projects focused on the care and safe handling of companion animals. Stories, crafts, and animal interactions will highlight the experience. Cats, dogs and rabbits are the featured topics. We will provide snacks and beverages and a camp t-shirt that is to be worn each day. Critter Camp is limited to ten students per session.

Instructors: Nancy Emerick and Kelly Miller
Tuition: $65

Critter Camp Session 1 (morning)
Dates: Mon.-Wed., July 10, 11, 12
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Critter Camp Session 1 (afternoon)
Dates: Mon.-Wed., July 10, 11, 12
Time: 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Critter Camp Session 2 (morning)
Dates: Mon.-Wed., July 17, 18, 19
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Critter Camp Session 2 (afternoon)
Dates: Mon.-Wed., July 17, 18, 19
Time: 12:30-2:30 p.m.

AF 103 Camp Animal Friends

For students in grades 2-4 in the spring of 2017.

For the budding pet lover or real animal enthusiast, this animal-centered program includes fun projects, care techniques, a craft, games and animal interactions. Proper handling, safety around animals and daily hands-on opportunities are included. Dogs, cats, and rabbits are the featured topics. A camp t-shirt, to be worn daily, and snacks and beverages will be provided. Camp Animal Friends is limited to ten students per session. 

Instructors: Laura Carlino and Kate Pfeifer
Tuition: $115

Camp Animal Friends Session 1 (morning)
Tue.-Fri., June 27, 28, 29, 30
Times: 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Camp Animal Friends Session 1 (afternoon)
Tue.-Fri., June 27, 28, 29, 30
Times: 1-4 p.m.

Camp Animal Friends Session 2
Mon.-Thur., July 24, 25, 26, 27
Times: 1-4 p.m.

Camp Animal Friends Session 3
Mon.-Thur. July 31, Aug. 1, 2, 3
Times: 1-4 p.m.

Camp Animal Friends Session 4
Mon.-Thur. Aug. 7, 8, 9, 10
Times: 1-4 p.m.

AF 118 Pets Plus

For students in grades 5-6 in the spring of 2017.

Our Pets Plus camp includes the traditions of Camp Animal Friends: hands-on time with dogs, cats and rabbits, a craft and animal safety. Our fifth and sixth grade campers also get to participate in an advanced clicker game, humane investigation lesson and behind-the-scenes tour of our medical suite. We will provide snacks and beverages and a camp t-shirt that is to be worn each day. Pets Plus is limited to twelve students per session.

Instructors: Katie Devlin and Dana Schultz
Tuition: $115

Pets Plus Session 1
Wed.-Fri., July 5, 6, 7
Time: 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Pets Plus Session 2
Mon.-Thur., July 24, 25, 26, 27
Time: 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Pets Plus Session 3
Mon.-Thur., July 31, Aug. 1, 2, 3
Time: 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

AF 107 Canine Good Manners Camp

For students ages 13-17. 

Sit. Stay. Down. These are a few basic manners that can help a shelter resident find a loving home. Spend five days working with our camp counselors as they teach you how to help our shelter dogs learn the basics of good behavior using positive reinforcement and reward training techniques. If you want to make a real difference in the life of one of our dogs, this camp is for you. This camp is limited to ten students per session to insure quality interactions. Training materials, daily snacks, a t-shirt and a graduation pizza party will be provided.

Teen camp policies:

  • Tennis shoes or sneakers are required to handle Animal Friends' dogs. Campers wearing flip flops, sandals or open-back shoes will not be permitted to handle dogs.
  • Attendance is required all five days listed below due to the high demand for this camp and the dogs' need for consistent daily training. 

Instructors: Rose Buckwalter and Bob Dell
Tuition: $130

Canine Good Manners, Level One
For first-time teen campers to Canine Good Manners camp (who are not already Animal Friends dog walkers) and who are ages 13-17 (must be 13 years old by first day of camp).

Dates: Mon.-Fri., Aug. 14-18
Time: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Canine Good Manners, Level Two
For students 13 - 17 who (a) have attended Canine Good Manners teen camp in a previous year(s) or (b) are Animal Friends dog walkers*.

Dates: Mon.-Fri., June 19-23
Time: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Registration deadline is Monday, June 12 by 5 p.m.

*Must be a teen volunteer who has completed Open Paw dog walking orientation and is a volunteer with “active” status. “Active” status is indicated by having volunteered for Animal Friends as a dog walker within the last 12 months.

Animal Friends

Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center
562 Camp Horne Road | Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: 412.847.7000 | Fax: 412.847.7001
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