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Summer Camps

NCAL’s mission is to promote the culture of compassion for all beings in our community, and a very important part of this mission is working with the young animal lovers in our community. We offer two different kinds of summer camps: Horsemanship Camps and Humane Heroes Camps. Learn more.


Riding Lessons 

Private, semi-private and group lessons are taught year-round with a focus on building strong fundamentals at all levels while fostering a relationship based on respect and trust between horse and rider. Students are taught basic horsemanship (including grooming and tacking) as part of their lessons. Our many school horses provide a variety of skill levels for children to safely learn on. Learn More


Community Outreach 

NCAL offers many opportunities for public members to interact with shelter animals and learn about the homeless pet population issue, as well as solutions to address the problem through our education and outreach programs for kids and adults, among many other facets of animal welfare and advocacy. Please view our calendar to learn about ongoing or upcoming outreach events and programs. Learn more


Youth Programs 

NCAL believes that a mind we help shape today is one who will help us create a more compassionate tomorrow. We offer summer camps, after-school programs, school visits, volunteer opportunities for young people like the Reading Buddies program, shelter tours and much more. To learn more about the opportunities being offered, please email info@ncal.com.


Reading Buddies Program

The NCAL Reading Buddies Program, designed for children between 6-12 years old, was created to help our shelter dogs and cats become more adoptable, while fostering empathy and compassion in children. Reading to the animals helps to bring them comfort, and reduces the anxiety they may experience from being in a shelter environment. Children learn empathy and compassion towards animals while developing their reading skills. Learn more.