Animals, animals everywhere. Day 2 of summer service camp was most everyone’s favorite theme, Animal Welfare. Our morning discussion focused on how and why we help animals, and how they help us. We are lucky to have two organizations who recognize the importance of animals in our daily lives: Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary (and their sister organization South Georgia Spay & Neuter Clinic), and the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society.
Our first task was to make cat toys and rice sock heating pads for Miss Kitty. Catnip balls and rattle toys were made to help keep their more than 250 cats (40+ are kittens!) busy and happy. A bored kitty is an unhappy kitty. The heating pads will be used at their spay and neuter clinic to warm and comfort the animals after surgery. This was more than just arts and crafts time though, these handmade items are much needed at the facility, but staff is so focused on the bigger picture of caring for the many animals, they often do not have time to tend to these small, but important details, making these activities perfect for volunteers of all ages.
Next, we traveled to the actual facility. At Miss Kitty, we learned about the importance of spaying and neutering animals to help control the animal population, had the opportunity to actually view the spay and neuter process (some found it fascinating, others kind of gross!), and of course, spent time in the cat rooms socializing with the many makes and models of cats currently residing there.
After a delicious bbq lunch compliments of Granddaddy’s BBQ at Cherokee Lake, it was off to our next stop – The Humane Society. Here, We made delicious (at least to dogs) frozen cone treats, created snack mats, washed their transport vehicles, and made dog pull toys. We also took the first volunteer training course Open Paws Level 1 which taught us how to properly approach and give treats to the hundreds of dogs awaiting their forever homes. By doing so, these kids are on their way to becoming fully accredited Humane Society Volunteers. There are three more steps in the volunteer training program which kids and parents are invited to participate in together. It’s a great way to spend quality time with the family, learn new skills, create new experiences, and lend a hand to a worthy cause and even worthier recipients…the dogs! You can find out about upcoming training sessions by liking their Facebook page.
We are pretty sure each camper picked out their favorite cat or dog in the hopes of bringing one home (fingers crossed for more pet adoptions!). We are also pretty sure that no cat or dog was smuggled on the bus and taken home, but you might want to check their backpack.
Thank you to everyone who donated pet treats, food, litter, blankets, and toys. They were most appreciated by both organizations!