Shelter’s Animal Care Camp featured a baa baa here and a woof woof there, and a whole lot in between

Photos by shelter staff and Bob Wellinski (first 3 by Bob)

How do you milk a goat? How do you rescue a rat? An eager passel of 75 kids know the answers to these questions and more after having a blast at the LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter’s Animal Care Camp for Kids June 18-20 on the shelter grounds. The kids also watched a surgery in the shelter’s medical facility, held veterinary relay races, watched a dog agility course, learned pony care and hoof trimming, watched a trick horse do its stunts, learned pet CPR and first aid, saw police K9 demonstrations, learned kennel care, and visited with a variety of creatures great and small — including a ferret, a tortoise and a snake from the Michigan City zoo. 

Whew. Did we mention the camp was only 3 days?

This was all thanks to shelter Director Jane Bernard and her staff, who organize the camp each year, and a slew of volunteers who bring their four-legged friends and demonstrate the various activities.

“So many great people giving of their time to teach at our camp!” said Bernard.

Some of the fun and learning are captured in the photos below. The second-to-last photo shows a boy and his autism service dog who came to visit.

If you’re interested in having your child participate in the camp, don’t tarry. The spots fill up quickly. Call the shelter at 326-1637.


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