Last week was one of our most favorite times of the year: Critter Camp! We love camp week so much because we get to bring young animal lovers into our mission. Critter Camp 2017 was only the second humane education day camp that Yavapai Humane Society has put on, but it was a fantastic week thanks to the volunteers and community partners who helped out.

This year, 12 campers joined us this year between Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14 for a doggone good time. During their time, campers…

– Learned about animal sheltering and how they can help

– Met public servants including Animal Control, Search and Rescue, and Police K9

– Interacted with dogs, cats, horses, and even non-domestic animals, and learned about their health, safety, training, behavior, and body language

– Learned how people need pets, and how they enrich our lives

See highlights below, and to view photos from the full week, please visit our online album.


A very special THANK YOU to 2018 Critter Camp Supporters

Yavapai Humane Society is so grateful for our Education Committee and has many wonderful volunteers, as well as special guests to thank for giving your children a great experience at camp this year!

Camp Planning Committee

Janice Ashby, Aubrey Castleberry, Candy McLeod, Dianne Olson, Bailey Frances, and Jessica Brown

Camp Teachers and Assistants

Janice Ashby, Margi Jacobsen, Candy McLeod, Judy Reza, Elizabeth Todd, Shelley Ventana, and Allie Raugust, YHS Volunteer Coordinator

Special Guests

Officer James Risinger and Officer Evelyn Whittaker of Prescott Valley Animal Control
Shawn Marcum of Marcum Mountain Dog School 
Tony Turrek and his Search & Rescue dog, Hogan
Phil Weliky and his guide dog Simba
Nurse Practitioner Kaylee
Matt Buchholtz, YHS New Hope and Foster Program Coordinator
Cathy Palm-Gessner of Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary
Lucy Berg, YHS Equine Director
Ariel Redd, YHS Animal Behavior Specialist
Eric Media of Sons of Liberty K9
Officer Sean Brey and K9 Blue of Prescott Police Department
Officer Scott Potts of Yavapai County Animal Control


Yavapai Humane Society is especially grateful to Kiwanis Club of Prescott for financial sponsorship supporting this year’s Critter Camp! YHS would also like to thank ASA Party Rentals for the donation of a bounce house on Family Day.

Critter Camp 2018

Do you already know that you would like your child to be involved in next year’s Critter Camp? Get on our waiting list for 2018 here (information will be sent next spring to complete enrollment).

1625 Sundog Ranch Road
Prescott, AZ 86301

PHONE: (928) 445-2666


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