CAHS youth education programs enrich the community by focusing on humane education throughout a child’s life.

Elementary curriculum explores a series of hands-on activity stations that reinforce concepts in veterinary care, pet costs, pet grooming, pet point of view, animal cruelty and animal careers. Middle and high school programs focus on pet overpopulation, animal cruelty, animal abuse and human violence, and careers directly or indirectly involving animals. Email Lexy at [email protected] to learn more.

Tales to Tails

Tales to Tails is our newest way to share special time with our furry friends.

Reading helps shy and fearful dogs and cats to learn to relax and socialize with people? It helps to teach high-energy dogs that calm behavior is desirable. When children tell stories to the shelter pets, it also helps them develop their reading skills.

Children ages 5-14 are welcome to participate in this program. CAHS provides a variety of animal-themed books and seat cushions. However, children are welcome to bring their own books from home. A parent/guardian must accompany each reader and remain with the child at all times. Please note that space is limited.

There is no fee for Tales to Tails, but pre-registration is required. We do encourage children to bring a small donation, such as soft dog treats, a cat toy, or an adjustable dog or cat collar. Participants must wear closed-toed shoes while participating in the Tales to Tails Reading Program.

  • March 11 | 4:30-6 p.m. – SESSION IS FULL!
  • May 30 | 12-1:30 p.m.

To register for our Tales to Tails program, please contact our Programs Manager, Lexy Ritenburgh at [email protected].

2019-2020 CAMPS 

2020 Spring Break Camp
This week-long camp will allow campers to interact with shelter pets in a safe, supervised environment, as well as, enjoy a variety of activities and art projects.

April 6-10| Ages 8-13 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.| $225

If you have questions regarding our Spring Break Camp, please contact Programs Manager, Lexy Ritenburgh at [email protected]


2020 Summer Camps 

Animal Adventure Camp – Ages 8-10 and 11-13     Fee: $225  
This camp presents a new animal theme each day. Campers will explore pets and the animal kingdom through games, art, activities, and special visitors. Hands-on TLC time with our animals is always part of the day.

Session 1: June 22-26 | Ages: 8-10 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Session 2: August 17-21 | Ages: 11-13 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 
*After care from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. is available for an additional $50.

Jr. Explorers Pet Camp – Ages 4-7     Fee: $125  
This mini-version of our popular Animal Adventure Camp is perfect for the first time campers and animal handlers. Explorers will learn about pets and animal safety through stories, games, art, and TLC time with our pets.

July 6-10 | 12-4 p.m.
*After care from 4-5 p.m. is available for an additional $50.

K9 Training Workshop: Beginner- Intermediate – Ages 12-16     Fee: $250 – THIS CAMP IS FULL!
Teens will learn and practice positive reinforcement training techniques in this exciting, hands-on workshop. Participants will work with shelter pets on basic obedience, tricks, and agility.

July 13-17 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
*After care from 4-5 p.m. is available for additional $50.
**Space is limited to eight trainers per session.

Animal Careers/ Pre-Vet Camp – Ages 12-16        Fee: $250
Animal lovers are provided the opportunity to explore a variety of animal careers in this fun and educational camp experience. Guest speakers, projects, and a field trip provide insight into animal-related occupations. Campers will develop valuable handling skills during TLC time with our pets, as well as have the opportunity to see a live surgery.

July 27-31 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
*After care from 4-5 p.m. is available for an additional $50.

Bark in the Arts Camp – Ages 8-12     Fee: $250

Create your own unique and dazzling works of art using the CAHS pets as inspiration. Campers will learn beginner techniques in photography, sketching, painting, and other disciplines. Find your artistic side on a dog walk or during TLC time with our pets.

August 10-14 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
*After care from 4-5 p.m. is available for an additional $50.

*Please note that all registration fees are non-refundable, and will be considered a donation to CAHS if your child cannot attend. 

Classroom Visits

We love to visit classrooms in the Tri-County area and have a wide variety of programs designed to teach humane values. We are always interested in developing new ideas and our education team can assist teachers in developing specialized lessons. Each visit includes an optional visit from a shelter pet. There is a $25 fee associated with these visits. To schedule a visit, please contact Lexy at (517) 626-6060.

Shelter Tours

We offer group tours and presentations for school field trips and other community organizations. Each tour consists of a presentation in our education room, a tour of our shelter, and an opportunity to meet some of our shelter pets in a very safe, hands-on experience. Our presentations can be tailored to meet the needs of individual groups. There is a $25 fee associated with shelter tours, but many groups choose to donate items from our shelter wish list. To schedule a tour, please contact Lexy at (517) 626-6060.

Community Visits

We are moving beyond our shelter walls to provide important programs and services to people in a variety of neighborhoods of our Mid-Michigan community. Our goal is to increase accessibility for people in identified areas; making it easier to become connected to valuable programs and services. Now, in addition to hosting many programs at our shelter, we are taking our services on the road, directly to people who need our help.

Girl Scout and Boy Scout Badge Programs

CAHS offers lessons to assist troop leaders in attaining badges. Lessons may be planned around Daisy Scouts, Brownies, Juniors, Cub Scouts, Lions, and more. Please email Lexy at [email protected] to schedule a visit.