Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The OHS “Off-Leash” summer camp season is off to a paw-sitively good start!

We are pleased to have a lot of returning campers who must have spread the word about all the fun they were having. The camps had been sold out by mid-May but due to the high demand, we've decided to add an extra two weeks of half-day camps to our summer roster. There are still a few spaces left! 

There is room from July 22-26 and from August 19-23, from 12:30-5:30 p.m., for week-long or daily registrations. Those two weeks are going to be packed with animal-related programming and each day is going to be a different theme, such as Vet Day or Animal Rescue Day. Please visit our website at www.ottawahumane.ca for more details and to register.

Campers enjoy playing games outdoors!
Summer camp season began at the OHS on June 24 when we launched our first ever “Off-Leash” camp in partnership with Funhaven. Campers spent the morning at the OHS and the afternoon at Funhaven. It was so much fun! In the morning, the kids got to learn about being a responsible pet owner, learned how to handle and approach dogs, watched a surgery, and got lots of animal interaction! In the afternoon, the campers got transported to Funhaven where they spent their time doing more animal-related programming, went to the park, went swimming at the pool, and spent some time playing at the Funhaven arcade!

Rolling into the second week of the summer, the kids got to learn about the importance of controlling the animal population by sterilizing their pets. They watched a temperament test and walked a few dogs. They also got to look at some X-rays and learned what our vets and clinic staffs do to help animals with broken bones. The kids even met one of the patients who came in with four paws, but due to her shattered hind leg, is now happily walking on three.

Campers visit Berkshire, a rabbit up for adoption!
One question we sometimes hear from parents is, “Why can’t my child spend more time with the animals?” The answer is that we have to strike a balance between accommodating our enthusiastic two-legged friends and caring for our four-legged ones. When our shelter animals are over-handled, they can get stressed out. We do our best to expose the campers to as many animals as we can, but we always have to make sure that our shelter animals are in the best mental and physical shape. If that means that the kids can’t visit the cats one day, we will be sure to fill their time with another fun, enriching activity instead.

We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to teach the next generation about the responsibilities of owning a pet. This will one day, hopefully, eliminate the need for so many animals to be cared for by our shelter.

Here’s to a fun-filled summer! Two paws up!

Lili Nguyen

Supervisor: Programs

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