Pawsitively Pets encourages all children to explore their love of pets and animals. Working with animals is not only a great learning experience for children, it allows them to build confidence, self-esteem and a sense of compassion and enhances their imagination and interest in learning about science and nature. Our wonderful team of rescue animals will take your child on an educational learning adventure, bring camp fun, and learning to life!
Pawsitively Pets offers camp programs for campers 4-14 years old. Under the Ministry of Education guidelines all campers MUST be 4 years old as of the first day of camp to attend our programs.
Little Lambs: Campers 4-5 years old – Program available for TORONTO/GTA locations ONLY
Pawsitively Pets allows children to explore their love of animals through a hands-on program that incorporates animals, creativity, games and arts in a fun, engaging age-appropriate programs. The Little Lambs camp program focuses on allowing children to explore a variety of animals through hands-on interaction and learning. The Little Lambs Program is designed for children 4 to 5 years old to attend independently for a full-day or half-day. Children should be comfortable attending a program without their parent or caregiver to register for this program and fully toilet trained. The program focuses on sensory awareness, tactile stimulation, refining motor skills and enhancing each child’s imagination. All participants receive a t-shirt with their registration. Staff/Leader to camper ratio for Little Lambs is 1 staff to 6 campers. Please see the link below for locations, dates and pricing, and discount opportunities.
Young Pups: Campers 6-7 years old
Cool Catz: Campers 8-9 years old
The Young Pups and Cool Catz program follow the same weekly schedule, but divide campers into age appropriate groups and work to ensure program content matches the groups age range.
Both programs provide age appropriate daily activities interacting hands-on with a wide variety of animals, working with them hands on and understanding more about them, their care and how to safely interact with them. Campers will have the chance to spend the majority of their day working animals. Animals range from pocket pets, reptiles, and a variety of birds. Our field trips which will take place once or twice a week depending on the program or location allow our campers to meet and learn about animals that can’t visit us at camp. We have two unique programs, program 1 or 2. Each weekly program offers a unique experience with a different group of animals and field trips. All of our programming centres around animals, and also includes animal crafts, animal enrichment and some outdoor physical activity each day. All participants receive a t-shirt with their registration Staff/Leader to camper ratio for Young Pups/Cool Catz is 1 staff to 8 campers. Please see the link below for locations, dates and pricing, and discount opportunities.
Learn to Ride: Campers 7-12 years old – Program available for TORONTO/GTA locations ONLY
Have a child that loves animals and is keen to learn to ride? Pawsitively Pets has a great program for our animal loving friends who also have a love for horses and want to be introduced to horseback riding!
Our Learn to Ride program allows children to take part in all the great hands-on Pawsitively Pets programs, meeting all our animals hands-on as well as taking part in daily riding and horsemanship lessons. This program is in partnership with RCRA (located approximately 45 minutes north of Toronto.) The program will take a maximum of 28-32 campers per week depending on the session. This program has busing available.
The Learn to Ride program will take place at our riding partners location – RCRA in Newmarket. Campers will be bused to RCRA each day. (Please ensure you register for busing when registering, unless you plan to drop your child off at camp and pick them up each day.) Our Learn to Ride program will provide daily activities interacting hands-on with a wide variety of animals, working with them hands on and understanding more about them, their care and how to safely interact with them as well as daily riding lessons and horsemanship. Campers will have the chance to spend the majority of their day working hands-on with all of the different types of animals. Animals range from pocket pets, reptiles, birds and other animal friends. Riding will be instructed by certified teachers from RCRA and teach campers the basics of English riding, focusing on balance, position and comfort working with horses. The riding aspect of this program is meant for beginner riders and has been developed to help them master the basic skills of riding and horsemanship. IF YOUR CHILD ATTENDED THE PROGRAM PREVIOUSLY, and have not ridden since, they are welcome to sign up again and we will group them with riders who have done the program before to help them progress their skill set. As with all the Pawsitively Pets programs the core program is based on working safely with animals in a well supervised and controlled setting. Learning to ride focuses on balance, confidence and safety. Campers will have the opportunity to ride for 1 hour each day and have 1 hour of horsemanship, focusing on learning the key aspects of grooming, tacking up feeding, and general horse care. Campers will spend the majority of their day interacting with animals each day in a hands-on format. Helmet rentals are included in the program fee. Staff/Leader to camper ratio for Learn to Ride is 1 staff to 8 campers. During riding sessions, all campers will have a leader available to them. Campers must be 7 years old as of December 31 of the camp year to participate in this program. Please see the link below for locations, dates and pricing, and discount opportunities.
Animal Adventurers: Campers 10-12 years old Program available for TORONTO/GTA locations ONLY
Each day is spent taking part in a new ANIMAL ADVENTURE!
Campers enrolled in the Pawsitively Pets Animal Adventurer camp can enjoy a week-long journey into the world of animals ranging from what could be a cool pet into the more exotic. Campers will work hands-on with pocket pets, reptiles, bugs, birds, and exotic animals on our field trips. Campers will have the chance to work hands-on with a variety of animals spending the majority of their day interacting hands-on, meeting more than 20 animals a day and take part in two great animal field trips over the course of their one week camp session.
Complimenting this wonderful animal experience campers will also get to create enrichment activities and other amazing science and nature activities. The Animal Adventurer program is packed with fun experiences and lots of education facts and learning and is perfect for kids 10 to 12 who have a love of all things animals. Campers must be 10 years old as of December 31st of the camp year to take part in this program. All participants receive a t-shirt with their registration. Staff/Leader to camper ratio for Animal Adventurers is 1 staff to 8 campers. Campers must be 10 years old as of December 31 of the camp year to participate in this program. Please see the link below for locations, dates and pricing, and discount opportunities.
Animal Care: Campers 10-12 years old
Each day is spent hands on caring for the on-site camp animals, providing them with care, socialization, learning to prepare their food and feed them and conduct daily health exams.
The Pawsitively Pets Animal Care Camp is a highly-specialized program that accepts approximately 15-20 campers per week. Children taking part in this program will learn all the key fundamentals of animal care and what it would be like to work in the animal care field one day. This program has all the hands-on components of caring for animals, feeding, grooming, cage cleaning and food prep as well as two great animal related field trips over the one week session.
This program is available at our Leaside location only as this is our main office and the home of our animals. The Animal Care program will allow children to be in charge of caring for the on-site animals as well as work hands on with a variety of other animals focusing on their care needs and ensuring that they are happy and healthy. Campers will have the opportunity to visit take part in some unique trips that all focus around caring for animals and allows us to work with some exotic animals that cannot come to our camp location. All participants receive a t-shirt with their registration. Staff/Leader to camper ratio for Animal Care is 1 staff to 8 campers. Campers must be 10 years old as of December 31 of the camp year to participate in this program. Please see the link below for locations, dates and pricing, and discount opportunities.
Mini Vet Camp: Campers 12-15 years old
The perfect camp for the aspiring veterinarian! For those who want to be a vet one day, or have a keen interest in working in the veterinary field. The Pawsitively Pets Mini Vet Camp has a three-level hands-on program to walk kids through the key aspects of veterinary medicine, and the daily life working in an animal hospital.
Campers will be introduced to veterinary medicine, learn all about what it takes to be a vet, and what you need to take in school. In addition to getting certified in Pet First Aid, participants will have the chance to work in the vet clinic, learn how to give injections, watch a surgery, complete a full pet wellness exam, and learn all the techniques to do their own surgery on a banana over the three-level program! Our hands-on banana surgery will include operating on the banana, and complete suturing. Campers will learn the basics of radiology, parisitology, large animal veterinary medicine, and have the opportunity to work on their own “medical case.” All Mini Vet 1 participants receive a pet first aid kit, Mini Vet 2 a scrub shirt and Mini Vet 3 a stethoscope with their registration Staff/Leader to camper ratio for Mini Vet is 1 staff to 9 campers. Please see the link below for locations, dates and pricing, and discount opportunities.
Junior Dog Trainer Camp: Campers 10-14 years old – Now available in OTTAWA as well as TORONTO/GTA locations
Junior Dog Trainer Camp is a specialty camp for children 10 to 14 years old to work with shelter dogs hands-on each day!
Junior Dog Trainer will also be available for 2 sessions in York Region at our Markham location, please note this location works with dogs that attend the dog daycare we are partnered with.
Program accepts 14 to 16 campers per session.
Camp will be held at Toronto Animal Services North Shelter – 1300 Sheppard Ave West or at the Markham location at – 60 Bullock Drive. In Ottawa the program will be held at the Osgoode location – 5721 Osgoode Main St
Work hands on with a professional dog trainer and spend the week training dogs in basic obedience and help them have a successful training journey!
Children registered in this program will learn all the key fundamentals of dog training and work hands on each day with the dogs and a professional dog trainer to train dogs in basic obedience and tricks. All dogs have been pre-assessed to ensure that they are safe for the campers to work with. Campers will work in groups of 3 to 4 to train the dogs over the week long program. They will learn all the ins and outs of positive reinforcement training, how to use a clicker and timing of rewards while training. They will spend three sessions a day working with their assigned dogs to exercise the, work on training techniques, commands and tricks. An hour each day will be spent working in the shelter assisting with animal support programs as well as a session on animal enrichment activities. The Junior Dog Trainer program will provide campers with all the fundamentals of basic obedience and working confidently with dogs. The program will provide the dogs the chance of a lifetime skills to help them with manners and good behavior.
Please note that dogs may vary during the week depending on their suitability to the program and health. Some dogs in the program at the shelter require medical care which may mean they cannot participate in the program for the whole week and will be replaced with a different dog.
All participants receive a clicker and treat bag with their registration.
Campers must be 10 years old as of December 31 of the camp year to participate in this program. Please see the link below for locations, dates and pricing, and discount opportunities.
Animal Attendant – LEARN TO VOLUNTEER WITH THE ANIMALS: Campers 11-14 years old – TORONTO/GTA locations ONLY
Program is designed for kids who would like to volunteer with the animals!
Each year we receive so many calls from kids who want to volunteer at Pawsitively Pets. To help accommodate all these requests we started our weekend Animal Attendant Program on the weekends. With this program being so popular we will now have it available for a 3-week summer camp program. The Pawsitively Pets Animal Attendant training program for children 11 to 14 years old who would like to learn all the key elements to volunteer with the animals.
This program will include the following: Animal Care – includes cage cleaning/maintenance, animal housing/habitats/husbandry, feeding the animals, making homemade pet food, animal enrichment, animal handling instruction and training, animal socialization, animal health/wellness checks – body conditioning/weights/ears/nails/teeth, animal baths/grooming, basic anatomy, species/breeds/lifespan, veterinary care, building confidence and presenting the animals and basic scripts
Participants will work with over 50 animals over the course of the 2-week program. This program is the foundation for participants to pursue a career with animals, or to volunteer with our animals. Participants will assist each day in the care and feeding of the animals and a key learning segment. All participants will receive a Pawsitively Pets t-shirt. By the end of the 2-weeks all campers in this program should be ready to volunteer with the animals, be totally comfortable handling, feeding and cleaning all the animals cages and know the basic presentation material for all the animals we have worked with. An informal handling and presentation exam will take place at the end of the program, this is a positive activity meant to inspire campers to retain the information we work on over the camp session. The handling/presentation is not mandatory. Staff/Leader to camper ratio for Animal Attendant is 1 staff to 10 campers. When working with the animals we will break into teams of 3 or 4 with additional staff present. Campers must be 11 years old as of December 31 of the camp year to participate in this program. Please see the link below for locations, dates and pricing, and discount opportunities.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Program– WORKING IN A WILDLIFE REHAB PROGRAM EACH CAMP DAY: Campers 12-15 years old – TORONTO/GTA locations ONLY
This program is NEW for the 2018 summer, and will be a 2-week program offered once during the summer, busing campers to a Wildlife Rehab facility each day to learn all the key fundamentals in wildlife rehabilitation. When registering for this program please ensure you select busing as campers are bused to the facility in Durham Region each day. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Program will provide campers the opportunity to learn about all the key aspects of caring for and re-introducing injured wildlife. This program involves training on cage cleaning, medication administration, feeding, safe handling, husbandry and enrichment. The animals campers work with each day is solely based on which animals are being rehabilitated in the program at the time. Campers must be 12 years old as of December 31 of the camp year to participate in this program.