Memphis, Tenn., April 23, 2013–The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County will host two sessions of half-day Pet Cadets Summer Camp this summer from Monday, June 10 to Friday, June 14 and Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19.
“At the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, we believe that you are never too young to make a difference,” said Kerry Sneed, community outreach/humane education manager of HSMSC. “Our Pet Cadets Summer Camp will be an excellent opportunity for children to learn how to help animals while having fun and making friends at the same time.”
The camp sessions, each lasting five days, are open to children aged 7 through 12 and will focus heavily on education about volunteerism, responsible pet ownership, dog bite prevention, and companion animal care. Kids will work on crafts throughout the week, including making enrichment toys and games for the dogs and cats made out of discarded household items. Camp counselors will also work with kids throughout the week to get fun hands-on time and activities with the dogs and cats.Pet CadetsSummer Camp will take place at the Humane Society’s facility located at 935 Farm Road in Shelby Farms. Pet Cadets dates are as follows:
· June 10 to 14, 8 a.m. to noon
· July 15 to 19, 8 a.m. to noon
The cost to participate in the camp is $200 per week long session and includes a t-shirt and daily snack and beverage. Parents who wish to register their children for Pet Cadets Summer Camp or who would like more information may visit www.memphishumane.org or call 901-937-3913. Applications and waivers, available online or at the HSMSC facility at 935 Farm Road, must be turned in by 10 days prior to the camp date.
HSMSC will offer one scholarship to the July 15-19 session. Children aged 7 through 12 may enter by answering this question: "What’s the best way for KIDS to help animals?" in drawing, poem or essay form and uploading it to the organization’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/HumaneSocietyOfMemphisShelbyCounty. It may be uploaded as a photo or simply copied and pasted into a post. The deadline for entries is Friday, May 24, and the winner will be announced via Facebook on Tuesday, May 28.
The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County has worked in the Memphis community since 1933 to give injured and abused dogs and cats a second chance at life. The organization provides a safe place to recover, nutritious food and outstanding veterinary care for an average of 300 animals at a time. HSMSC staff and volunteers provide training, affection and socialization to the animals in their care to help them be adopted successfully into new and loving homes. HSMSC's funding comes exclusively from private donations. For more information, visit www.memphishumane.org, call 901- 937-3900 or visit the facility at 935 Farm Road.