Homeless pets and horses enchant campers

Summer Camp

Summer camp season at the Dumb Friends League has come to an end, leaving campers with great memories, fresh knowledge and new furry friends.
Young attendees at this summer’s four-day Critter Camp, held at the Dumb Friends League Buddy Center, learned how to be safe around animals and worked hands-on with ambassador dogs to learn training techniques. Experienced and enthusiastic staff, guest speakers and some critters offered campers a week of learning through activities, games and crafts.

Eager campers wrote and delivered brief speeches about their experiences. Some excerpts:

“My favorite thing in camp is that we got to play with animals, and that I made friendes. I will never forget my time at criter camp.”

“These past few days at Critter Camp have been great. I have learned so much. I enjoyed meeting the animals. The kittens are so sweet! And I would love to adopt from the Dumb Friends league.”

“I think critter camp was the best my favorite part was playing with the kittens this week I learned about click training it was so fun I’m tolltaly going to critter camp next year.”

Meanwhile, nearby at the Harmony Equine Center in Franktown, Colo., fifteen young horse lovers attended this summer’s two-day Equine Exploration Camp. Kids from third through sixth grade learned about horse anatomy and body language, grooming, saddling, how to safely meet a horse and how to help homeless equines in Colorado. Trainers at the center demonstrated different gaits, and kids enjoyed horse-themed activities and games, as well.