Thursday, July 25, 2024

Furry Friends Feature: Wondering What to Do with the Kids this Summer?

As the school year ends, the real fun is about to begin at The Heritage Humane Society. Summer Camps, Kids Club and Kids’ Night Out are available and promise hands-on excitement for children. Make reservations before they fill up so kids can count on a summer of adventure.

Animal Camp Summer 2024

Calling all camp enthusiasts, this day camp experience puts animal-lovers right in the heart of Greater Williamsburg’s largest animal shelter. Each week-long Animal Camp offers a diverse curriculum that cultivates responsibility, compassion and awareness in the world shared with furry–and, not-so-furry–friends. Campers will enjoy guest speakers, interactive presentations, games, and crafts focused on animal welfare, biology, and conservation. They will get a chance to interact with a variety of pets at The Heritage Humane Society. Registration includes a camp t-shirt, daily snacks, crafts and games, a pizza party, and behind-the-scenes experiences at our facility. Space is limited, register online today!

For Rising 1st – 3rd Graders | 8:30 am – 12:30 pm | $275 per week, per camper

  • June 17 – 21
  • July 15 – 19
  • July 29 – Aug 2
  • Aug 5 – 9

For Rising 4th – 6th Graders | 8:30 am – 3:30 pm | $375 per week, per camper

  • June 17 – 21
  • June 24 – 28
  • July 8 – 12
  • July 22 – 26

Animal Aces Kids’ Club

For the child who wants to keep the pet-loving fun going all year long, Animal Aces Kids’ Club is accepting new members. Animal Aces gives young people a unique opportunity to advocate for animals right here in their own community.

This may be their first volunteering experience that fosters a lifetime of giving back and helping others. Projects may include making enrichment items for the adoptable shelter animals, assisting in the Kibble Kitchen, giving treats to the animals, and learning about pet behavior and how to care for a variety of pets. One of the biggest hits has been when kids’ create artwork of various adoptable pets to help them get adopted. Members develop a sense of accomplishment in a hands-on, paws-on difference.

Members receive an exclusive Animal Aces T-shirt, welcome pack, monthly newsletter, opportunity to attend monthly activities at The Heritage Humane Society, naming opportunities for incoming adoptable pets. and discounts on camps, movie nights, birthday parties and the shelter’s ReTAIL store. Register for Animal Aces Kids’ Club for four seasons of fun, friends and fur!

Led by the Manager of Fun

Both Animal Camp and Animal Aces Kids’ Club are led by Kendell Thomas, The Heritage Humane Society’s dynamic Humane Education and Activities Manager, a.k.a. Manager of Fun. With a degree in Zoology, more than 20 years in the animal field including being a Busch Gardens Williamsburg animal ambassador presenter, Thomas enjoys working with budding animal enthusiasts. Often they return to The Heritage Humane Society for one of the other memorable experiences Thomas leads – children’s birthday parties.

Adoptable pets who also want some summer fun

Kids aren’t the only ones looking for fun this summer. The shelter is filled with homeless pets who are eager to have new homes. Adding to the memories, adopt a just in time for this year’s Hello Summer Pet Photo Contest.

Nearly 190 dogs, cats and small pets are currently in their care. Adoptable pets are available to meet during The Heritage Humane Society’s visiting and adopting hours from 12 to 4:30 p.m., Tues. through Sun.

To learn more, visit, call 757-221-0150, or visit The Heritage Humane Society located at 430 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

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