Thursday, July 17, 2014

Off-Leash Camp at the OHS

Off-Leash Camp at the OHS is well into the third week of the summer session and, as expected, campers are paws-itively loving every minute of it. Most kids come to camp because they love animals and some are budding veterinarians. Camp programming offers campers hands-on opportunities to explore OHS shelter life in a way they never have before.

Through weekly visits from internal guest speakers, campers are able to catch a glimpse of the compassion and dedication of OHS staff.
Off-Leash campers get to examine ear mites
and tapeworms with veterinary technicians.

  • Rescue and Investigation Services agents share vivid stories such as helping a skunk with its head stuck in a jar and they also share information on the dangers of leaving a dog in a car in the hot summer sun.
  • Adoptions counsellors share animal adoption stories and ask campers about what makes a good home for a variety of animals.
  • Animal care attendants describe what they do in a typical day – from feeding or walking dogs to taking a minute to show animals a bit of extra love.
  • Veterinary technicians often bring specimens such as ear mites or tape worms (contained of course) for the campers to examine. They explain what happens in a typical day and the variety of animals they see.
  • The canine co-ordinator demonstrates how dogs are temperament tested.
Camp programming is filled with multiple animal interactions as well as animal-related crafts and games.

As with all OHS children’s programming, campers are always encouraged to ask questions and express their opinions about any animal related topic we discuss. At the end each week, our goal is to ultimately have inspired this younger generation to understand what responsible pet ownership and animal welfare really means.

Lori Marcantonio
Director: Outreach

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