Day one began with a visit from three special people: Shannon and her ‘skinny pigs’, Laura and her ‘bug’ (a mixture of a bulldog and a pug), and our very own counselor with her newly adopted dog. Sheldon and Spencer, the two skinny pigs, taught us all about their special breed of hairless guinea pigs. Soon after, Bella, the ‘bug’, showed us her fancy tricks and how a pet can overcome a bad injury. Lastly, Rider the lab-possibly greyhound mix also showed off his tricks and taught us about some of the ways to care for a new dog.
Day two was Donkey Day: the campers set off to learn all about this cool animal at the Donkey Sanctuary!
On day three we had one visitor in the morning that brought many colourful surprises: Bernie with her budgies! Bernie taught us all about the over 400 different types of budgies, how to care for them and know their gender. The afternoon brought a party of pocket pets and the SPCA’s office dog, Pedro.
On Thursday, campers were treated by a presentation about greyhounds by Lucy and her two dogs, Missy and Mac. In the afternoon, Louise visited with her dog Big Man. Big Man taught us all about the pet visiting program and the process of adoption.
Campers’ were sad to leave on Friday, especially after the cool presentations! First Sally, our head of camp, came in and talked to us about her guinea pigs. Campers learned all about how to care for and own these special pocket pets, and came away with a lot of new knowledge.
Finally, the campers created many cool crafts this week! Our Arts and Craft Coordinator really outdid herself, providing us with templates for animal bookmarks, funky photo frames, and much more!