Camp Paw Paw
The mission of the Humane Society of Chittenden County (HSCC) is to foster compassionate treatment of animals and prevent animal suffering; to strengthen the human-animal bond; and to further the cause of responsible animal ownership through education and public awareness.
HSCC hosts summer sessions of Camp Paw Paw, our humane education camp for children ages 5 through 12. We see the young people of our community as our best hope for a future free of animal cruelty and neglect and aim to foster the natural bond between children and pets. Each camp session will reflect this mission, furthering the campers’ understanding about the animals in our community.
During this special week, children learn about proper pet care, animal safety, and animal-related careers, allowing them to develop the skills and self-confidence to become pet sitters and humane ambassadors. Click here to learn more about our exciting Camp Paw Paw program.
Animal Welfare Warrior Program
This elevated learning experience is for 13-15 year olds who are motivated to understand and be active in the world of animal welfare. Participants will see the Humane Society of Chittenden County from the inside and will learn directly from the staff. We will cover shelter medicine, the history of animal welfare, what it takes to run an animal shelter, our community’s needs, open adoptions and the process of taking in animals and caring for them. At the end of this three-day adventure graduates will be able to advocate for animals in need and speak to the role that shelters play in our community. Click here to learn more about this unique program!
helyn kerr humane education series
Through the Helyn Kerr Humane Education Series, we offer four free seminars a year on various humane education topics that are geared towards adults (though children are welcome!) Past seminars have focused on how dogs think and perceive the world, the latest in feline nutrition, our work in humane investigations and Vermont's animal cruelty laws, first aid for pets, and many other topics. Have a suggestion for a good topic you'd like to learn more about? Email our Director of Volunteer and Community Outreach. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for scheduled seminars.
If you're part of a community or school group that's interested in seeing our facility we offer shelter tours! We schedule these tours on Mondays, please click here for more information.
In addition to hosting tours of our shelter, members of our staff are also available to visit schools and organizations to discuss a variety of subjects and topics related to animal sheltering and welfare.
We’re eager to provide age-appropriate presentations in the interest of promoting proper animal care, adoption of shelter animals, and increased awareness of animal welfare issues.
For more information, or to schedule a visit, call our Director of Volunteer and Community Outreach at (802) 862-0135, ext. 14