It was so nice to have kids here for our Kidz n’ Critter’s Summer Camp this summer! Although we only offered two sessions this year, they were a big success and lots of fun. Campers had an opportunity to get up close with many different kinds of animals, hear guest speakers on a variety of animal care topics, do crafts and activities around pets and had time each day to socialize with the adoptable animals at the shelter. It was all about learning to be responsible pet owners and it’s nice to know some of the kids actually absorbed the message! Here some of our campers tell you what they learned while attending our camps.
“At critter camp, I learned many things like how to clip a goats nails, and how to approach dogs.” – Camper 1
“What I learned at camp is that goats also get microchips. Rabbits are very sensitive and could have a heart attack if one is too loud around them. Also, dogs and cats can get cancer and cats can have multiple babies if they aren’t spayed and neutered.” – Camper 2
“When I was at camp, I learned how to approach an animal appropriately so that I don’t spook or scare them. Another thing I learned is that microchips can sometimes move around in the animals’ body, so when they are scanned, they should be scanned throughout their body just in case the microchip has moved. I also got to see a goat get their nails trimmed. One of the things I learned and found really helpful was how to read the body language of a dog. Also, it’s really traumatizing to bunnies when they hear very loud noises.” – Camper 3
“I learned that there are birds that can possibly out live a human and can live up to 100 years of age. Cats can also live up to 20 years, so it is important to really research before adopting a pet. The shelter also spays and neuters all their pets before they adopt them out to their new homes.” – Camper 4
“At camp, I learned about how to keep a cat very happy. You should always clean out the litter box twice a day and also give it food, water and toys to keep it occupied. Also, make sure that it gets lots of sleep. If you want your cat to be outside, an outdoor enclosure is always nice to have.” – Camper 5
“This week at camp, I learned how important it is to spay and neuter your pets so they don’t have multiple litters of kittens and puppies that could end up in the shelter. I also learned to respect your pets by making sure to educate yourself before getting one.” – Camper 6
Next summer we are hoping to once again offer a full summer of sessions of this fun camp. Please check with us around March for information and application. It not only teaches kids about taking proper care of their pets, but it helps our animals by being exposed to children and getting the word out there about the awesome animals we have available for adoption!
Mickey Zeldes is the supervisor at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. She can be contacted at email@example.com.