Los Angeles, CA – Summer is coming.  And soon, 400 kids from Long Beach and the surrounding areas will descend upon the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center to learn the basics of pet care, kindness to animals, and the beginnings of dog training.  One-week sessions of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) Friends for Life Summer Camp™ begin June 20th and registration is happening now at spcaLA.com.

Friends for Life Camp started in 2004 and is beneficial to the community both in and out of the shelter.  While kids learn valuable lessons about topics like the importance of spay and neuter, they are also providing socialization and basic training to dozens of shelter dogs each summer.This year, thanks to donor Marci Baron, a limited number of need-based scholarships were offered for qualifying, first-time campers.  Two of the recipients were graduates of Teaching Love and Compassion (TLC)™, spcaLA’s award winning violence prevention program for students in at-risk communities.  For those wishing to add to the fund to make more scholarships available, please visit the spcaLA camp website to donate.

There are nine, one-week sessions available.  Each session is broken into two age groups: Beagles ages 8-10 and Boxers ages 11-13.  There is also a Counselor-In-Training (CITs) program for kids 14-17. The cost is $350 for campers and $175 for CITs.

For more information about camp or enrolling, please visit spcaLA.com or contact spcaLA’s Humane Education Department at (562) 570-4909.