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Critter Camp coming in July

Posted on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 9:48 am

Last year’s Critter Camp participants getting a lesson in horse grooming.

Last year’s Critter Camp participants getting a lesson in horse grooming.

The Troy Health Department will be the site of the fourth annual Critter Camp on July 21-25. The Critter Camp educates children ages 9-13 and their parents about safe, responsible pet ownership, as well as how to be safe around animals they may encounter around the neighborhood. The goal is to protect both humans and animals by reducing injuries related to animal interactions, improving the care of the pets and other domestic animals, and minimizing the number of animals placed in shelters.

Each day of the weeklong event, there will be a two-hour, themed educational session and a two-hour craft/community project. The themes for each day will be as follows: Day one will be domestic dogs, cats, rabbits, small mammals and fish. Day two will cover farm animals and outside domestic animals. Day three is snakes, lizards, turtles, birds, frogs, spiders and llamas. Day four covers specialties like K-9, agility, search and rescue, and obedience. The camp will culminate with an adoption event on July 25, with animals from three county rescue shelters and the House Rabbit Society.

Scheduled guest speakers include an agent from the Department of Conservation, local veterinarians, rescue and shelter workers, Humane Society Disaster rescuers and someone from the World Bird Sanctuary. Daily events may change depending on the availability of the speakers.

Other activities and events include a birdhouse building clinic; pet care poster contest, to be judged by local veterinarians; tie-dying t-shirts and a pet baker. There will be a small fee for the week. Lunch will be provided on days one and four, snacks and drinks the other days along with a Critter Camp t-shirt.

The mobile vet will be available on July 28. Please contact Lisa Sitler at the Troy Health Department for more information.