Here at Animal Care & Control we have developed new programs that allow kids to do their part in helping care for the pets in our care. We believe that compassion and respect for animals starts at a young age and we help foster that human-animal bond through our Humane Education Department.  Many of our programs are free of charge and let the kids make the difference in the life of an animal.

Read to the Animals

This program is designed for kids six to 12 years old. This program connects two of our favorite things – reading and animals! The animals welcome all readers – no matter their reading level. This also helps our adoptable pets feel more comfortable around people. On the surface this might just seem like a fun opportunity (and it is), but it’s also helping strengthen that human-animal bond and these readers are helping socialize our adoptable pets – a crucial part in helping them find a home! This program is free.

Day Camps

For the first time ever, kids will be able to spend a week at the shelter helping the animals! This hands-on camp focuses on promoting responsible pet ownership, fostering empathy and compassion for all living things and lets campers explore a variety of animals and animal-related careers. At the end of the week-long camps, kids will understand what vital role animal shelters play in the community and how they can have an impact on the lives of shelter pets.

Teen Service Learning Nights

During this program teens spend three hours at the shelter creating enrichment treats and toys for the animals and socializing the adoptable pets. Teens also help create personalized adoption profiles for an animal of their choice. This is a great program for busy teens looking to help for a few hours! This program is free.

Animal Care Teens

Animal Care Teens our longest running program for kids at the shelter. Teens meet twice a month throughout the school year at the shelter to learn about animal-related careers from professionals in our area. ACTs also spend time socializing with the adoption animals. They wrap up the year with a canned food drive and open house!

More information about opportunities for kids at the shelter can be found at