Are you up for the challenge?
Animal Welfare Warriors is an 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 week long adventure graduates will be able to advocate for animals in need and speak to the role that shelters play in our community.
This is not your average animal lover’s program! Students will be involved in hands-on learning and exploration.
Monday June 24th - Friday June 28th
8:30AM - 12:30PM
Limit 10 students per session.
How to Apply:
Please complete the initial Animal Welfare Warriors application below. This application does not guarantee placement in session.
In an effort to make our programs more equitable and accessible to our community’s youth, we will begin accepting initial applications for camp spots. Applicants will be randomly selected to register in a camp session based on the spots available, and anyone who is not placed in a session will be added to our waitlist.
Applications received between January 29 - February 2, 2024 will be entered into our initial placement process. You will be notified by email 1-2 weeks after the initial application period about either your child/children's placement in a session or on the waitlist.
If your child or children are placed in a session, you will receive a link to complete your registration. Applications received after February 2nd will be considered first come, first served for remaining openings or for the waitlist.
Basic Overview of Curriculum:
- Introduction to HSCC, the history of animal welfare and shelter medicine
- Intake/relinquishment of animals and adoptions
- Animal socializing, feral cat colonies/TNR Program, and animal cruelty investigations
- Dog training/behavior, dog genetics, and breed-specific labeling
As a working humane society, we provide care for animals with a wide variety of personalities, behavioral and medical needs. Although campers/students will see animals during their program, we cannot promise a certain amount of direct animal contact.
HSCC Program Refund Policy:
In the event of cancellation, refunds will only be issued if requested prior to 14 days before the 1st day of the program to allow time for program spots to be filled.
Tuesday - Friday: 1PM - 5PM
Saturday: 10AM - 4PM
Sunday & Monday: Closed