Camp Whiskers & Wags

Camp Whiskers & Wags – Where kids and critters become friends!

Our summer day camps for children ages 7-15 years old help foster compassion and respect for animals. Camps include age-appropriate and engaging activities, educational and interactive lessons, and daily hands-on visits with animals of all shapes and sizes. Camp Whiskers & Wags is licensed through Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care.

Before registering, please read the following information:

  • Due to the increase in popularity of Camp Whiskers & Wags, you may only sign your child or children up for one week of camp. This enables us to give more children an opportunity to participate in our program since we are limited to only 208 total participants each summer.
  • We are happy to announce our new scholarship program! This new program enables families the opportunity to participate in our program who might not have been able to in the past. We award scholarship based off of need as well as home zip code and although we can't cover the full cost of camp, we can significantly reduce the cost. If you get approved for a scholarship, you will get a discount code that you can apply when registering to reduce the cost of the program. For more information and to apply, please click here for  more information and allow 2 business days for a response.
  • We have changed our registration software, so a few things to keep in mind:

We are now asking for more info in the digital registration form that we used to collect in our paper registration packets. By having this information in digital form, it allows us to access it quicker in emergency situations and will help us streamline the process on our end. So you will need:

      - Your child's or children's medical info including allergies, medications, and/or other medical history info.
      - Your child's or children's doctor's contact info
      - Your child's or children's dentist's contact info
      - Hospital of choice
      - Emergency contact info
      - Contact info for people you approve to pick up your child

*You will be able to edit this info later if needed*

  • We highly encourage you to create an account on our new platform. All it requires is your email and for you to create a password. By doing this, it will save all of the info you have entered and autofill the fields for your other children that you register and/or if you register for camp in the future.
  • This camp is not recommended for children with severe allergies to animals or hay. Please note, the shelter uses peanut butter in enrichment activities for dogs.

 

Thank you and we're looking forward to another great camp season!
Please contact Tom Schermerhorn at [email protected] or 719-302-8739 if you have any questions.


Register Here

 

Due to licensing regulations, children cannot be younger than 7 or older than 15 during camp. We're sorry, but we are unable to provide refunds for cancellations. Please see the parent packet for additional information. All forms must be completed and returned prior to the start of camp. Please note, the return of these forms does not constitute registration. Your child is not registered until you receive email confirmation of payment.


Print a Parent Packet

 

2020 Summer Schedule

Pet Pals-Session 1

Age Group: entering 2nd and 3rd grades in fall (7-9 years old)   
Cost: $180 
Date: June 1-5 (week long)
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Campers will learn all about programs at HSPPR that help homeless animals. Daily activities and games focus on ways to be respectful, responsible, safe, healthy, and positive around pets.  During our turtle talk, campers will learn all about turtles and tortoises while meeting a variety of these reptile species.

Pet Pals-Session 2

Age Group: entering 2nd and 3rd grades in fall  (7-9 years old) 
Cost: $180 
Date: July 6-10 (week long)
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Campers will learn all about programs at HSPPR that help homeless animals. Daily activities and games focus on ways to be respectful, responsible, safe, healthy, and positive around pets.  During our turtle talk, campers will learn all about turtles and tortoises while meeting a variety of these reptile species.

Furry Friends - Session 1

Age Group: entering 4th and 5th grades in fall (9- 11 years old)
Cost: $180
Date: June 8-12 (week long)
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Working with a professional dog trainer, campers will learn about positive reinforcement and practice clicker training dogs.  Activities include cat socialization, lessons in dog and cat behaviors, investigations into invertebrates, and a mock veterinary surgery.

Furry Friends - Session 2

Age Group: entering 4th and 5th grades in fall (9- 11 years old) 
Cost: $180
Date: July 13-17 (week long)
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Working with a professional dog trainer, campers will learn about positive reinforcement and practice clicker training dogs.  Activities include cat socialization, lessons in dog and cat behaviors, investigations into invertebrates, and a mock veterinary surgery.

 

Humane Helpers - Session 1

Age Group: entering 6th and 7th grades in fall (11-13 years old)
Cost: $180
Date: June 15-19 (week long)
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

These older campers will continue with clicker training, practicing with both dogs and cats, and trying their hand at dog agility.  Activities involve lessons in dog and cat development, breed identification, common diseases, and pet first aid & CPR.

 

Humane Helpers - Session 2

Age Group: entering 6th and 7th grades in fall (11-13 years old)
Cost: $180
Date: July 20-24 (week long)
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

These older campers will continue with clicker training, practicing with both dogs and cats, and trying their hand at dog agility.  Activities involve lessons in dog and cat development, breed identification, common diseases, and pet first aid & CPR.

Shelter Super - Heroes

Age Group: kids entering 4th through 7th grade in Fall (9-13 years old)
Cost: $180
Date: June 22-26 (week long)
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Campers will meet special pets who help people and the amazing people who care for animals. There are tales of daring rescues, animals with super powers, and pets who keep us safe.  Learn about the animals who are the biggest or the strongest and the critters that have the strangest characteristics.

 

Critter Careers

Age Group: kids entering 6th through 9th grade in Fall (11-15 years old)
Cost: $180
Date: July 27-31 (week long)
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a veterinarian at HSPPR? What about an animal behaviorist? An Animal Law Enforcement Officer? Or what it takes to run our social media? Each day we'll look at a different careers at HSPPR and take on a challenge that relates to each career.