H.E.R.O. Summer Camp teaches children about humane animal issues

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MURRAY, UT (July 14, 2016) -- Campers are learning through play at the Humane Society of Utah

Utah youth are learning about important animal welfare issues while having fun at the Humane Society of Utah’s first H.E.R.O. (Humane Educators Reaching Out)​ Summer ​Camp for Kids presented by the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation. Camp runs July 11-15 for first, second and third graders and July 18-22 for fourth, fifth and sixth graders from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at the Humane Society of Utah facility located at 4242 S. 300 W. Murray, Utah. Children participate in age-appropriate games, workshops and presentations focused on proper pet care, spaying and neutering to control pet overpopulation, animal welfare issues, how to meet a new dog, clicker training and more. The goal of the H.E.R.O. Camp is to foster empathy, compassion and respect for all animals through fun and engaging educational activities.

“We feel that to make a change in the animal welfare, pet overpopulation and pet homelessness issues we face in Utah and as a country, we need to begin by educating our children,” said Caitlin Lisle, HSU Humane Education and Outreach Director.

H.E.R.O. campers enjoy special guest presentations from Banfield Pet Hospital ®, Scales and Tales Utah​, ​Ching Farm Rescue and Sanctuary​ and Therapy Animals of Utah​. Along with daily interaction with HSU’s dogs, cats and various small pets, campers get the chance to see and learn about a variety of animals including an alligator, emu, llama chickens, snakes, a donkey, pig and other surprise visitors.

Lisle has a B.S. degree in Education and has worked for the Humane Society of Utah for nine years. She has been visiting schools and teaching children about animal welfare for the past three years. “It’s been a dream of mine to expand our humane education program, and our goal is to educate 10,000 children this year, so I’ve been busy, but it’s rewarding to see a kid’s face light up when they see the animals.”

Campers keep a journal about what they have learned and experienced each day. At the end of the week, a graduation ceremony is held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and campers receive a certificate of completion from the camp counselors.

Special thanks to HSU staff and volunteers for their work. The H.E.R.O. Summer Children’s Camp is made possible by a grant from the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, and supporting sponsors, Mountain America Credit Union, Banfield Pet Hospital ® and Albertsons.