Animals took center stage at Camp Pawprint this past summer as campers learned about care and comfort while having close encounters with companion animals and some more exotic species.
More than 330 campers ages 7 to 12 were signed up for the week-long day camps from June through August at the main shelter. Summer camp offered three themes:
- Shelter Heroes focused on animals traditionally kept as pets and how to care for them;
- Wild Things, a deep-dive into the wild side of the animal kingdom, from exotic pets to wildlife in Wisconsin and around the world
- Pet-tacular Professions centered on occupations that involve working with and caring for animals
Campers enjoyed learning about and caring for our classroom critters. They experienced close encounters with a variety of animals – from companion animals at the shelter to horses to wild animals like an armadillo and a fennec fox. They played animal-related games outside and created art projects, like adoption posters for a variety of available animals waiting to be adopted inside. They also attended a variety of animal-related presentations from experts at DCHS and throughout our community.
We want to thank all of the individuals and various businesses and organizations that presented at Camp Pawprint. These folks made time out of their busy days to teach our campers about their careers, passions, and pets. Put your paws together for:
Amber Middleton for SoL Criations Farm Sanctuary
Andi Marks (Camp Pawprint Counselor) on Pet Rabbits
Animal Services Officer Shannon Meyer
DCHS’s Admitting Department
DCHS’s Animal Medical Services Department
DCHS Development team, Pet of the Week
Dog trainer Nikki Darga
Hilary Hemmes-Kavanaugh, Primatology Presentation
Holly Hill-Putnam, Wildlife Volunteer, on DCHS’s Wildlife Center
Jenna Fastner from Wisconsin DNR
Laura Gordon & Billie
Megan Senatori on Animal Law
Mindy, Kelsie, & Stan the cat
Paul Zuelke from Key Reptiles
Pet/Fire Safety with Officer Bernadette Galvez (City of Madison Fire Department)
Have a young animal enthusiast interested in attending Camp Pawprint in 2023? We’ll be offering a variety of day camps, plus Winter Break and Spring Break options throughout the school year. We plan to open registration for Summer Camp 2023 in February. Keep your hawk eyes on our website for updates!