Teaching girls leadership skills, educating and raising future rescuers is what it’s all about at Pulaski County Humane Society’s first Critter Camp, according to organizer Candice West.
Teaching girls leadership skills, educating and raising future rescuers is what it’s all about at Pulaski County Humane Society’s first Critter Camp, according to organizer Candice West. West is a veteran teacher of more than 20 years and said she believes education is the key to combating the problem of animal abuse, neglect and homelessness. The girls attending Critter Camp are between the ages of 8 and 14 with counselors between 15 and 18. In order to be accepted into camp, the girls had to fill out an application, have a letter of recommendation and write an essay explaining why they wanted to attend Critter Camp. The essays were full of statements about the importance of helping animals like Kylah Lowe, 10, of Crocker’s essay in which she stated, “In our community people could help by volunteering their time at the humane society.” West said PCHS would definitely be holding the camp again next year and considers this year’s camp a big success. The girls are learning about pet care, responsible ownership, veterinary care all while helping the homeless animals at Loving Paws Adoption Center. The proceeds from the girls’ camp registration are going to directly help fund the shelter, provide medical care for the animals and provide food.