GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX)- In four days, children ages 6-12 learn all about dogs and cats at Furry Friends Kids Camp, from how to greet them to how to care for them. Roice-Hurst Humane Society connects young kids with animals in the shelter through quality time.
The humane society’s staff and volunteers educate where campers leave with an understanding of pet safety, empathy, and compassion.
“I really love the people here. They’re really kind and they really like to take their time to explain certain things,” Brealyn expresses, “I also love all the animals here, even though they’ve been through hard situations, I feel like that they’re starting to get really better because the people here just really love taking care of the animals.”
“They’re learning really valuable lifelong skills like responsible pet ownership, and then also life skills like self-regulation, boundary setting, consent, asking for permission to pet an animal,” Roice-Hurst Humane Society Director Anna Stout elaborates, “There’s a lot that kids get out of this, it’s much more than just getting to come and hang out with animals.”
With 21 kids in camp this year, Roice-Hurst has enough pets for interaction with some help from Utah.
Campers will wrap up the last day with a mock adoption. The pets they interact with during camp sessions are available for actual adoption.