“It’s an outreach program by the [Etowah Valley] Humane Society to educate the younger generation on responsible pet ownership as well as making them aware of pet overpopulation in Bartow County,” EVHS Director Bryan Canty said. “We’ve got a major problem in Bartow County, so ... [it is important to] take that added measure to possibly prevent this in the future by educating them now. In other words, my thing is teach them in the way you would have them to go rather than reprogram them as adults.
“[Spaying and neutering are] going to be the most effective way to curtail pet overpopulation. But it’s also equally important to make sure that shots stay current and there are maintenance costs associated with pets. It’s a great deal of responsibility. It’s more than just feeding them and giving them a roof over their heads.”
Opened in 2006, EVHS’ 4,928-square-foot shelter costs about $240,000 per year to manage. The facility consists of two staff offices, a quarantine room, two visitation rooms, 14 temperature-controlled kennel runs, a cat room with 24 cages, a puppy room with 22 cages, seven outdoor kennel runs and an on-site dog park.
The EVHS’ ability to save 2,407 animals in 2013 helped drop the euthanasia rate in Bartow County to below 50 percent, compared to previous years when it approached 90 percent.
According to promotional materials about the EVHS’ day camp, “There will be various activities throughout the day consisting of shelter tours, K-9 demonstrations, groomer, veterinarian talks, animal control talks, dog trainer and Martial Arts demonstrations.
“The camp will focus on:
• How to be humane towards animals
• Why animals are important
• Pet overpopulation (spay/neuter)
• Animal related careers
• Learning respect, compassion, and how to provide a lifetime of care for animals
• Cost of owning a pet
• Being safe around animals
• Learning the inter-workings of the shelter
• Interacting with shelter animals & shelter workers
• Making pets feel safe, happy, and comfortable
• Learning the difference in Etowah Valley Humane Society & Animal Control
• Learning the definition of ‘no kill.’”
While interactions with the EVHS’ animals will be held throughout the offering, the camp will consist of eight scheduled events: shelter tour, 10 to 10:30 a.m.; groomer, 10:30 to 11 a.m.; trainer, 11 to 11:30 a.m.;x martial arts demonstration, 11:30 a.m. to noon; a provided lunch, noon to 12:30 p.m.; animal control, 12:30 to 1 p.m.; veterinarian talks, 1 to 1:30 p.m.; and K-9, 1:30 to 2 p.m.
For more information about the EVHS and the Animal Explorer Summer Day Camp, visit the nonprofit’s Facebook page, call 770-383-3338 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.