'Unleashed' camp helps kids learn compassion and kindness towards animals


    More than 200 kids will come through the doors of the Animal Refuge League for the third year of “Unleashed” summer camp. (WGME)

    PORTLAND (WGME) – From kindergarten to high school, some animal loving-kids choose to spend some of their summer days in the classroom, all to learn about compassion and kindness towards animals.

    More than 200 kids will come through the doors of the Animal Refuge League for the third year of “Unleashed” summer camp.

    “Summer after summer,” Director of Community Engagement Jeana Roth said. “We have very long wait list. It sells out very quick, and that excites us because there are so many kids in this community who want to work with our animals and want to understand animal behavior and make an impact for these pets."

    This is Millicent Keiter's second year at camp. She says one day she hopes to leave a mark of her own.

    “When I'm older, I definitely want to volunteer here,” Keiter said. “It would be a great experience to hang out with all the animals more than I already do."

    While space is limited at Unleashed camp, the Animal Refuge League is working to educate youth outside of the shelter year around.

    Roth says their priority is always to teach kids how to be happy and healthy with animals

    “These kids will grow up to be adults in this community who have pets as companions, so we really want the animals to be in safe living home and the kids are learning that a very young age,” Roth said.

    Day in and day out, they are showing them just that.

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