Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) Renfrew County Animal Centre held its second summer camp from Aug. 13 to Aug. 17 at the new location in Pembroke. Having fun with the kitties are, from left, Gracie Irvin, Olivia Borne, Alexis Ott, William Moreau, Jordyn Scantland-Proulx, Morgan Borne, Hali de Ruiter, Bella Colacci, Klara Krieger, Ontario SPCA Community Development Coordinator Heather Jobe, Quinn Downey, Zac Phannehour and Ty Phannenhour. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)


Fostering a love for animals at ‘Unleashed Summer Camp”

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday December 20, 2018


Kids had the opportunity to let their inner animal out at the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) Renfrew County Animal Centre’s Unleashed Summer Camp.

Held at the centre’s new location in Pembroke, the camp helped youngsters foster their love for animals. “It is a great way for them to learn about animal welfare,” said Ontario SPCA Community Development Coordinator Heather Jobe. “I would do camp every day if I could, so the goal is to expand the program so that we can offer more weeks next summer.”

Two sessions were held, one in July for six to eight-year-olds and one in mid-August for nine to 12-year-olds.

The camp was set up to allow kids to enjoy different animals up close, learn about animal welfare and have fun.

The activities were typically very hands-on with pet inspired crafts, as well as a focus on interaction with the centre’s animals, including learning to clean up after them. It is especially important now that they have reached “cat-pacity”

“Every single day, cats are brought to the centre,” said Jobe. “Whether that is a stray animal, a surrender or just an animal in need.”

The kids also saw the care sick animals receive at the Pembroke Animal Hospital, and visited horses at Canyon Creek Farm.

“For some of our campers, that was the first time they’ve ever ridden a horse or even touched a horse,” said Jobe.