Kids spend the day with cats and dogs at animal shelter summer camp

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Celia Campbell and her brother are spending their summer helping animals at the Charleston Animal Society shelter for the second straight year.

"I really love animals," says 11-year-old Celia. "And I like the camp in general so I decided to come back."

Celia is one of 20 kids that are taking part in the Charleston Animal Society's nine week camp this year. Every week the theme of the camp changes, and this week the theme is 'It's Raining Cats and Dogs'.

"They will be learning about how its full at the shelter and making enrichment items for our animals so their stay is a little better," explains De Daltorio, Director of Education for the shelter.

Daltorio says that while the kids gain more compassion and awareness, they are also shown the ins and outs of the shelter such as processing an animal, making tags for cages, and grooming them to get them ready for adoption.

The camp is extra special to Celia and her brother. Their family adopted a rescue dog named Samantha last year through the organization.

"I did not know I would find a dog to be my friend so it's really cool," said Celia.

And at this year's camp Celia would like to learn how to teach an old dog, new tricks.

"I wanted to see if I can learn to train a dog this year," says Celia. "I don't know how to so I want to this year."

The Charleston Animal Society is located at 2455 Remount Road.

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