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

DENVER (March 14, 2011) 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.

Dumb Friends League Crafts Camp

March 22 and March 29; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

One-day camp for young pet lovers, ages 6 to 8 (2nd through 3rd grade). Fun and educational camp where children learn through crafts. Campers will create take-home crafts, learn about pet care and interact with cat and dog ambassadors. $50 for one-day camp.

Dumb Friends League Cat Camp
March 23 and March 30; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

One-day camp for young pet lovers, ages 9 to 11 (4th through 5th grade). Fun and educational camp where children learn all about cats. Campers will have the opportunity to socialize with cats and even learn to clicker-train a shelter cat. $50 for one-day camp.

About the Dumb Friends League

As the leading animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region, the Dumb Friends League has been helping pets and people in the Denver metro area and beyond for 100 years. The Dumb Friends League has two shelter locations: its main shelter at 2080 S. Quebec St. in Denver and the Buddy Center at 4556 Castleton Court in Castle Rock. For more information about the Dumb Friends League, visit or call (303) 751-5772.

* All information and photos provided by the Denver Dumb Friends League

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