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.

2021 CAMPS 

2021 Summer Camps

PLEASE NOTE: Thank you for your interest in enrolling your child in one of our exciting summer camps. We will be following CDC guidelines and taking extra  measures to ensure everyone’s health and safety. To view our COVID protocols, click here. Although we are happy to start taking registrations for summer camps, we also want to ensure the safety of our campers, staff, and volunteers. If COVID-19 numbers increase, there is a chance we may have to cancel summer camps. If this does happen, we will contact you as soon as possible, and we will refund the camp fee. If you need to cancel for any reason, unrelated to COVID, the camp fee will be non-refundable and will be considered a donation to CAHS.

Jr. Explorers Pet Camp – Ages 4-7     Fee: $100  – CAMP IS FULL!
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 6-9 | 12-4 p.m. | Limit 8 campers
*After care from 4-4:30 p.m. is available for an additional $20.
**Please note this is a 4-day camp, due to our extended 4th of July holiday.

Bark in the Arts Camp  – Ages 8-11     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.

July 12-16 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Limit 10 campers – CAMP IS FULL!
August 9-13 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Limit 10 campers – CAMP IS FULL!
*After care from 4-4:30 p.m. is available for an additional $25

K9 Training Workshop: Beginner- Intermediate – Ages 12-16     Fee: $250  – 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 19-23 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Limit 6 campers
*After care from 4-4:30 p.m. is available for additional $25.

Animal Adventure Camp – Ages 8-11     Fee: $225  – CAMP IS FULL!
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.

August 2-6 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Limit 10 campers
*After care from 4 p.m.-4:30 p.m. is available for an additional $25.


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.

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

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.