Weekly Feature

2018-11-08 / Lifestyles

SPCA begins children’s read to animals, camp programs

This month, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Serving Erie County will begin two new programs for children.

“Tale For Two” encourages children age 6 to 15 to read aloud to adoptable animals at the SPCA. According to the SPCA, animals will benefit from the increased socialization and reduced stress levels, while children will work on literacy and reading skills, building their self-esteem and confidence.

For a $40 registration fee, parents and guardians may register children for six-week sessions that take place at the SPCA’s 300 Harlem Road shelter from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Children can bring their favorite books to the SPCA or select one at the shelter.

The first Tale for Two session begins Wednesday, Nov. 14. Future start dates are Wednesday, Dec. 26, and Wednesday, Feb. 6. To register by phone, contact Christine Davis, SPCA director of humane education, by calling 875-7360, ext. 262.

Due to the popularity of the Summer Camp program, the SPCA has added Vacation Day and School Break Camps to the calendar. All camps are available to children age 5 to 10 and are held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the SPCA’s West Seneca shelter. Before- and after-care will be available for all camps.

Vacation Day Camps are available for a $50 per day registration fee. Monday, Nov. 12, will be the first Vacation Day Camp, themed “All About Cats and Dogs.” Monday, Jan. 21, Vacation Day Camp will feature an “Animal Advocates” theme.

School Break Camps are available for a $210 per week registration fee, with single-day registration options available. Feb. 18 through 22 offers a “Critter Camp” theme, and “Animal Adventure Camp” will take place April 22 through 26.

Registration for all camp sessions is available online only. Visit yourspca.org/newsevents/ camp/ to register children for camp.

More information on Tale for Two, Vacation Day/School Break Camps, and other SPCA programs is available on the SPCA’s website, YourSPCA.org.

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