The Humane Society of Ventura County is now taking reservations for Animal Adventure Camp 2019!  This year the Humane Society will be offering 4 – 1-week camps for 9 – 12-year-olds (4th – 7th grade) held at the Animal Shelter in Ojai.  

Animal Adventure Camp provides campers the opportunity to participate in hands-on experiences working with dogs, cats, and horses.  Activities include: working with a professional dog trainer, learning to groom and care for horses, cats, and dogs, understanding dog, and cat behavior, socializing with puppies and kittens, animal-related presentations, cooking, crafts, games, and much more!

Each session is limited to 8 campers and fills up quickly. Camp runs from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM on the following date:

  • Session I – June 17th through June 21st - FULL
  • Session II – June 24th through June 28th - FULL
  • Session III – July 8th through July 12th - FULL
  • Session IV – July 15th through July 19th - FULL

To register, please complete the summer camp form with payment and send or FAX to the address below. For more information, or to be emailed the forms, please contact Robin Satnick, Humane Educator at or (805) 364-1350. 


Robin Satnick Humane Educator

316 Crestwood Ave.Ventura, CA 93003 • (805) 364-1350 • FAX (805) 658-6075

2018_1002_Robin_Syrah01.jpgSyrah, the Humane Society dog, and I love visiting the classes. She wows the students with her intelligence, plus she loves showing off all her tricks.  She comes with me when presenting, “Pet Care and Responsibility.” These presentations are still the top choice for teachers. Students love learning how our pets have similar needs to our own.

Living with Wildlife, a new presentation this year is increasing in popularity.  When living in an urban community, it is important for students to learn that we live amongst wildlife that we depend on for a stable ecosystem.  Students learn and understand the importance of the wildlife in our community and what we need to do to coexist with them. They also learn how they can become “citizen scientist” and what to do if they see a sick or injured wild animal.

Upper grades are enjoying presentations on animal behavior, comparing our 5 senses with dogs and cats, and careers with animals. As an experienced classroom teacher, my goal is to meet the needs of your students. All presentations include a PowerPoint presentation that I believe the students will enjoy. I also have handouts to reinforce concepts and facts that the students learn.

I would love to visit your classroom too!  Please email me at and I will send you more information. 

-Robin Satnick


2018_1002_Robin_Syrah04.jpgSchool Programs


"Students learn about nonprofit organizations, careers with animals,

pet care and responsibility, and service learning by

collecting supplies for the Shelter."


We have designed our school programs to fulfill our mission of caring for animals with reaching the academic goals of our schools. Separate presentations may include pet care and responsibility, the difference between domesticated and wild animals, kindness, safety, overpopulation, neglect, abuse, and cruelty or the role of shelters in our society. In addition, middle and high school programs may include animal rights, the evolution of the dog through natural and artificial selection, careers with animals, or forming a Humane Society Club.

All programs are free of charge and are tailored to varying ages, learning levels and class sizes. They are about 45 minutes long and include follow-up lesson plans, visual aids, and interaction with live animals. Here are some of the ways Humane Education themes tie into the California State Content Standards :

Language Arts

  • shelter and adoption stories
  • story sequencing
  • creative and persuasive writing
  • vocabulary words


  • games and formulas demonstrating the multiplication/reproduction of non-sterilized cats and dogs
  • telling time through scheduling the daily responsibilities of pet care
  • graphs and statistics detailing the habits of pet owners
  • economics and the cost of owning a pet


  • classification
  • needs of living things
  • habitats and adaptation
  • hereditary traits

Social Studies

  • the development and relationship between the Humane Society (private, non-profit) and Ventura County Animal Regulation (government)
  • legislation and enforcement of animal-related laws
  • the character traits of our founders and those that continue to be advocates for animals

Tips offered for evaluating humane qualities of books

Reading about animals is a great way for children to learn about them. There are many children’s books about animals. Some of them foster humane values and some do not. Use the checklist below to distinguish between the two and help you choose the right book to incorporate into your Humane Education Program or family reading times.

Book Checklist

  • Is there cruelty towards animals in the text or visuals?
  • Is the animal information correct?
  • Does the book discuss the needs of animals?
  • Is there respect for nature and its qualities?
  • Does the book teach compassion towards animals and humans?
  • Is the book about animals at all?
  • Does the book show animals in an anthropomorphic way?
  • Is there an acceptance of cultural differences?
  • Does the book speak about environmental conservation?
  • Do the visuals demonstrate appropriate behaviors around animals?
  • Does the book mention issues concerning the treatment of animals in a way that discussion can occur?

Sources for information on good animal-related children’s stories

  • ASPCA has a Bibliography of recommended children’s books, Kids, Animals and Literature. For ordering information write: ASPCA Humane Education, 424 East 92nd St., New York, NY 10128-6804, or call (212) 876-7700.
  • Each November edition, the Smithsonian magazine prints a view of children’s books. Many of these books have animals as the subject.
  • Check your local newspapers. Many now have weekly columns which review children’s books.
  • Animal Sheltering Magazine, Animal People and Kind Teacher often contain reviews of children’s books.
  • Visit your local bookstore and spend time browsing through the children’s book section.
  • Visit your local library and talk to the children’s librarian ask for recommendations.

Recommended Reading

“Old Turtle” by Donovan Wood
“Alejandro’s Gift” by Richard E. Albert

Education is a major tool the Humane Society of Ventura County uses to work towards the goal of eliminating the pet overpopulation problem and preventing animal abuse.

Here are a few kid-friendly websites:



Shelter & Adoption Location:
402 Bryant Street in Ojai