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Teens learn about animals and pet ownership at new camp

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 11:20 am

teen animal campThe Louisa Community Animal Response Team is holding an Animal Adventures Camp this week for teenagers at Christopher Run Campground.

CART co-founder Donnie Embrey hopes that the program will teach kids how to become responsible pet owners.

This is the camp’s first year, but Embrey wants it to become an annual event. Animal Adventures Camp was organized after discussions with other groups in the area.

“We’re trying to find a solution to why the animal shelter is always one cage away from being full,” Embrey said.

Through the camp, Embrey’s goal is to educate youth about dangerous animal habits.  Campers learned about hoarding awareness and dog fighting, as well as the importance of adopting a shelter pet rather than purchasing one from a pet store.

Embrey said they have stressed the importance of spaying and neutering pets, which helps to keep unwanted puppies and kittens out of the animal shelter.

Campers are also learning basic first aid skills to be able to care for their pets in an emergency.

“I want to know what to do if an animal starts choking,” camper Jayla Wyche said.