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The Houston SPCA Summer Critter Camp Is Back!

The Houston SPCA’s Summer Critter Camp 2014 is in full swing and our campers are having an AMAZING time learning all about animals, giving to the community, what to do to help animals in bad situations, and all about the Houston SPCA. Did I mention that our campers get to play with our adorable adoptable shelter animals every day?!

During the first week of Critter Camp, we partnered with Easter Seals and had a whole bunch of brand new campers join us for a week of learning all about the animals! If you have never heard of Easter Seals before, they are an outstanding organization that helps people of all ages with disabilities in the Greater Houston area.

Our Easter Seals campers worked very hard to design their very own LEGO animal shelter.

Easter Seals LEGOS

We also had a visit from a local animal therapy group – everyone got to play with these beautiful animals who work hard to help people be happier and healthier!

Easter Seals Camper Pet Dog

We all visited the barn and were able to spend time with some of our adoptable farm animals and horses like the miniature horse below.

Easter Seals Petting Horse

The week went by so quickly and we had so much fun!

 

This year at Critter Camp we have brand new camp sessions that teach our campers about different, important animal-related topics.

Our ‘Voice for the Voiceless’ camps have been all about helping our community and making sure all animals are taken care of properly. Here are just a few highlights of this camp session:

To help our animal friends in the wild, our campers made bird feeders out of pine cones — up-cycling at its best!

Easter Seals Camp Birdfeeder

Each year, the campers love being able to express their creativity and this year we had each camper ‘re-design’ the Houston SPCA logo. I love them all so much!

Camper Artwork 3 Camper Artwork 2

Our campers wanted to make something for the animals at the Houston SPCA that would help them have fun outside this Summer. We worked very hard and were able to make brand new agility-equipment for our small dogs to play with!

Camper building agility equipment

And, of course, everyone’s favorite part of the day is playing with the animals! Each day, our campers spend time with our cats, small dogs and large dogs.

Camp Petting CatCamp Petting Dog Camper getting kisses

There is still time to sign-up for the Houston SPCA’s Summer Critter Camp, and stay tuned for updates on our other two new sessions available this year – Operation Rescue and VetCAMP!

For more information or to register for Summer Critter Camp 2014, click here: http://www.houstonspca.org/site/PageNavigator/humane_education_critter_camp

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