This article was featured in WYDaily on 3/3/23.
School may not be out yet, but The Heritage Humane Society already has its sights set on summer. Its annual Animal Camp registration is now open for young pet lovers and animal enthusiasts. New for this year, rising first- through sixth-graders can show off their art skills to design the 2023 Animal Camp t-shirt and a chance to win 50% off on Animal Camp registration.

The Heritage Humane Society enjoys helping children learn about responsible pet care and animal welfare. Animal Camp is an enriching, week-long animal experience, designed to inspire the next generation of animal lovers. This unique opportunity offers a diverse curriculum that cultivates responsibility, compassion, and awareness, delivered over the course of a fun-filled week. In addition, each camper will get a chance to interact with a variety of pets at The Heritage Humane Society.

Register now

Animal Camp registration is now open for rising first- through sixth-graders who are ready to experience the different facets of Greater Williamsburg’s largest homeless pet shelter.
Rising first- through third-graders can select either Animal Camp for either the Mon. through Fri. of June 26 – 30 or July 17 – 21. Camp is 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tuition is $275 per camp, per week. Each camper will enjoy receiving the 2023 Animal Camp t-shirt, daily snacks, crafts, games, pizza and water party day, pets and pajamas movie day, and of course, up close animal encounters and talks with animal experts.

Rising fourth- through sixth graders can select Animal Camp for either the Mon. through Fri. of July 10 – 14 or July 31 – Aug. 4. Camp is 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Tuition is $375 per camper, per week. Each camper will enjoy receiving the 2023 Animal Camp t-shirt, daily snacks, crafts, games, pizza and water party day, pets and pajamas movie day, and of course, up close animal encounters. Animal Camp for this group also includes behind-the-scenes experiences at The Heritage Humane Society and experiences with animal welfare ambassadors.

T-shirt design contest

New this year, The Heritage Humane Society is inviting rising first- through sixth-graders to submit designs for the summer’s Animal Camp t-shirt. One design will be selected for this year’s shirt and the winner will receive 50% off one week of animal camp for this summer.
Guidelines for eligible submissions include:
  • Contestants must be rising first- through sixth-graders
  • Designs must include the text “Animal Camp 2023”
  • Designs should be for one side of the t-shirt only
  • Designs must use three colors maximum on a white background
  • If including an illustration of a dog, a cat must be included
  • If including an illustration of a cat, a dog must be included

To enter an eligible submission, the design can be submitted as a high-resolution image in a file format of either a .jpg, .png or .pdf to the shelter’s design entry page, or mailed to The Heritage Humane Society, Attn: Jennifer Lafountain, 430 Waller Mill Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185.
The deadline to submit a design is March 31, 2023. If mailing the design, we must receive it in the mail by March 31, 2023.

Adoptable shelter pets of the week

The Heritage Humane Society has more than 100 adoptable catsdogs, and small pets hoping to find their forever families. Meet two of the shelter pets who are ready to be adopted:
Summer. Speaking of summer Animal Camps – there is a senior stunner at The Heritage Humane Society named, wait for it…Summer! She is an eleven-year-old kitty and her front paws are declawed. Sadly, her previous owner was diagnosed with a terminal illness and is unable to care for her any longer so Summer is looking for the security of another family. She enjoys normal senior pastimes such as gazing out of the window for bird watching, doing crossword puzzles, and socializing with her people. Summer does not enjoy the company of other cats and needs to be the only cat in the home. Spring, fall, winter – don’t wait it’s Summer time now!

Evie. Evie has been in a loving foster home for the past few weeks. Here is what her foster mom has to say about this lovely lady, “Evie is an exceptional lady that would love to find her forever home! She is incredibly sweet, loving, and well-behaved! When she realizes we’re about to go on an adventure and starts happy prancing, so cute! This beautiful lady has the most amazing ears and a side eye to beat all other side eyes (in the kindest and funny way!) She is a mature lady and knows what she needs from moment to moment. I work from home and most of the time she is curled up on her bed next to my desk, patiently waiting for me to finish up so we can go for a nice walk. If I end up working late, she very cutely reminds me to have some work-life balance and get outside for some fresh air. Sometimes she takes some time to herself and will nap in the other room while I’m working, always by the sliding glass door so she can watch what’s going on outside. She is completely housebroken, not at all food or toy aggressive, and just a wonderful girl.”

Summer, Evie and the other adoptable pets are available during The Heritage Humane Society’s visiting and adopting hours from 12 to 4:30 p.m., Tues. through Sun.
To learn more, visit, call 757-221-0150, or visit The Heritage Humane Society located at 430 Waller Mill Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

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