Summer Camps Return to WHS

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The days are growing longer, and the temperatures are rising. Summer is coming to Salem, and this year, campers will once again spend part of their break learning at Willamette Humane Society. Our Pet Adventure Camps are kicking off soon! 

We’re using a hybrid format this year. While students will have plenty of opportunities to meet, touch, and play with shelter animals and visiting pets, they’ll also have focused, at-home time to learn about animal welfare, veterinary medicine, and more. 

This year’s curriculum is packed tight with amazing speakers, including:

  • Animal trainers. WHS staff will meet with every age group and discuss the foundations of rewards-based training for pets. Students in grades 5/6 will meet with a trainer from Guide Dogs for the Blind. 
  • Veterinarians. Students in grades 3/4 and 5/6 will meet with our shelter veterinarian and find out how she helps animals through her work. 
  • Behaviorists. Students in one grade 5/6 session will learn more about cat behavior with Dr. Kristin Vitale. 
  • Animal care professionals. Students in the other grade 5/6 session will meet with staff from Marion County Dog Services.  

We’ve also prepared age-appropriate lessons for campers covering diverse topics such as:

  • Clicker training
  • Animal shelter design
  • Community cats
  • Pet body language
  • Classroom pets 

Campers will also have the opportunity to make toys for shelter dogs and cats. And, of course, we’ll have plenty of opportunities for campers to meet animals in the shelter and pets from our staff and speakers. 
The 2021 Pet Adventure Camp sessions are almost full. If your child wants to join in the fun, act fast. Find out more and sign up here.