Day 2 of summer service camp was all about animals… animal welfare that is! 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 picture frames for Miss Kitty. Next, we traveled to the actual facility. We read books to the many makes and models of the cats currently residing there, learned about the importance of spaying and neutering animals to help control the animal population, toured the spay and neuter clinic which some found interesting, some found gross, took pictures with Miss Kitty’s adoptable cats, and even had a few campers do an interview with WALB!
After a delicious Chick-fil-A lunch compliments of Southern Regional Technical College at Cherokee Lake, it was off to our next stop – The Humane Society. Here, we made delicious (at least to dogs) frozen cone treats, washed the transport vehicle and cages, and everyone’s most favorite part – socialized with the many cats and dogs inside the shelter. We also did half of 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 “fur”ever homes. Keep the momentum going. There are three more steps in the volunteer training program which kids and parents are invited to participate in together on July 13. 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!