Critter Camp - Careers with Animals

Jan. 2-4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please be sure to check your child's winter break schedule before registering.

During the 2012 winter break, the Richmond SPCA is offering camp sessions for children in 5th grade through 9th grade that will explore the careers and professions related to caring for animals. Campers will spend time with each department and have hands-on experiences throughout the Robins-Starr Humane Center during either session of this three-day camp.

Explore a career in veterinary medicine. Our vet will speak with campers about what it takes to become a veterinarian. We will discuss how our vets perform physical exams of animals and the importance of spay and neuter surgery. We will discuss zoonotic diseases and each camper will create a pet first aid kit.

Animal Care
Campers will see what it takes to care for the more than 300 pets in the care of the Richmond SPCA on an average day. They will have the opportunity to see how our facility is cleaned each day and we will discuss the importance of feeding, walking, and interacting with the animals in our care.  

Dog Training
Campers will learn about what a dog trainer does in a shelter environment. The campers will learn some of the basics of training and then take what they know and put it into practice to clicker train with dogs in our adoption kennels. Each camper will be given a clicker, and they will make treat pouches.

Promotions and Adoptions
Campers will learn how to photograph homeless pets and how photography can be a valuable tool in promoting animals who are available for adoption. They will work in groups to take photos of their favorite pets awaiting homes. Campers will also learn how our adoption team works and promote adoption by making signs for their favorite shelter animal. These signs will then be displayed as a way to capture the attention of potential adopters.

Additional Information 
Campers are responsible for their lunches. We will provide a morning and afternoon snack. Please be mindful of food allergies and avoid sending peanuts and peanut products in their lunches.