When I was wee lad many decades ago (don’t ask) I used to go to a lot of different summer camps. Back then it was the usual stuff: arts and crafts, sports, sailing, camping and any number of activities along with the requisite mosquitos.
These days things are different — especially here in the pet-centric city of San Francisco where our own San Francisco SPCA has a Summer Animal Camp program that’s teaches kids about shelters and animal welfare, how to train and care for pets and just be all-around responsible pet guardians.
I had a chance to spend a few hours at the SPCA on the last day of camp in 2014 getting get some shots of the kids learning how to greet dogs, playing educational games and meeting an extremely friendly guinea pig.
It was great for me to see the program in action and I hope it’s something that becomes more widespread. Involving kids at this age in animal welfare and how to best interact with pets goes a long way toward inspiring future volunteerism — even careers — in the field and also spreads the word early that adopting shelter pets is the clear choice.
Registration for the 2015 camps has just opened so if you’re interested in sending your child or learning more please check out the different sessions and age groups at the bottom of this general camp information page or read the FAQs
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