Dumb Friends League offers spring-break camps for young pet lovers

Looking for a fun and educational activity for your child over spring break? The Dumb Friends League is offering one-day spring camps for second through eighth graders. Spring Critter Camps are a great opportunity for your kids to learn about animals and interact with some adorable pets.

Nicole Schimming, humane education manager at the Dumb Friends League, says the organization is excited to offer one-day spring camps for the first time.

“Teaching kindness, compassion and respect is what it’s all about,” she said.

Schimming also said the Dumb Friends League places great value on educating young people about the care of animals at an early age.

“We believe it’s important for future generations to learn about safety around pets, animal body language, and potential careers with pets, because these young children will soon be our adopters, employees, volunteers and supporters,” Schimming said. “Besides, it’s just great fun to see the smile on a child’s face when they get to experience the human-animal bond.”

Crafts Camp, offered on March 22 and 29, is for second and third graders. Campers will make crafts they can take home, learn about caring for pets, and interact with dog and cat ambassadors.

Cat Camp, a camp for fourth and fifth graders, will be held on March 23 and 30. This camp is all about feline. Children will learn about cat care while socializing with shelter cats and learning how to clicker-train them.

Careers Camp is designed for sixth through eighth graders who dream of working with animals. It will be offered on March 24 and 31. This camp is an opportunity for young adults to gain first-hand knowledge about different animal-related careers. They will meet a pet adoption counselor and learn about their job as well as observe a veterinarian in surgery and have the opportunity to train cat, dogs and rats.

Each one-day Critter Camp lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $50, which benefits the Dumb Friends League. Camps take place at the Dumb Friends League Quebec Street shelter in Denver and the Buddy Center in Castle Rock. For more information, or to register your child, please visit or call (303) 751-5772, Ext. 7231.

By Moira Wiedenman, communications intern for the Dumb Friends League