Students do goat yoga, learn about therapy animals and affordable pet care

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WHAT:   Utah youth are learning about important animal welfare issues while having fun at the Humane Society of Utah’s annual H.E.R.O. (Humane Educators Reaching Out) Summer Camp for Kids presented by Mountain America Credit Union, Coldwell Banker Community Foundation, Sorenson Legacy Foundation, and Banfield Pet Hospital. The camp runs Monday, Aug. 12 through Friday, Aug. 16 for students in 5th and 6th grade. On Monday, Aug. 12, Therapy Animals of Utah will visit and teach the value and importance of therapy work with animals, Mountain America Credit Union will be presenting to discuss how to manage and save money for pet care, and campers get to participate in animal yoga with goats to practice self-care. 

WHEN:  Monday, Aug. 12

11 a.m. - Therapy Animals of Utah

11:30 a.m. - Mountain America Credit Union presentation

12:25 p.m. - GOGA Goat Yoga

WHO:    5th and 6th-grade students

WHERE:   Utah Humane Auditorium, 4242 S 300 W, Murray, UT 84107

WHY:   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 believe that it’s important to teach kids how to care for and respect animals to improve animal welfare,” said Caitlin Lisle, Utah Humane education and outreach director. “If kids learn why it’s important to spay or neuter their pets to prevent unwanted litters, get vaccinations to keep their pet healthy, provide proper care, and prevent abuse or neglect, these lessons will hopefully spread to their family and friends. We also believe that empathy is crucial for kids to develop at an early age and can affect how they treat other people.”

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