MERRIAM, Kan. — The Great Plains SPCA is hosting a unique summer camp for kids. This summer four, 1-week long camps will allow children to play with dogs and cats at the shelter, as well teaching them kindness, respect and responsibilities with the animals.
Zoey Jensen has two dogs and a cat at home and says her pets would love this type of treatment.
“We’ve walked dogs and this morning we played with a dog named scooter, he was a very cute puppy,” said Jensen.
Playtime is a big part of the camp, children also complete projects, like making toys for the animals, as well as other crafts. Wednesday, the campers made posters on all different kinds of service dogs.
“We are making posters about seeing eye dogs, drug dogs,” said 13-year-old Chandler Randolph. “We drew a poster of the dog, and then wrote what it does, what it likes and how it does these things.”
Great Plains SPCA offers four week-long summer camps the weeks of June 10-14 and 17-21, July 15-19 and August 5-9. The first and third week will be for children ages 11 to 15; the second and fourth week will be for children ages 6 to 10.
Rachel Hodgson, spokesperson with Great Plains SPCA says the camp is a big hit in Johnson County.
“We’ve got 18 kids scheduled for each week, I’m sure there might be an extra one or two here or there because of the demand,” said Hodgson.
Plans are already in the works to expand it next summer, using both the Merriam and Independence locations.