Welcome BFF Pet Campers!

We are so excited that you have joined us for this learning adventure. You and your furry camp companion are going to have so much fun discovering the world of pet safety, animal care and enrichment together over the next four weeks. And, what is even more amazing is that by the end of this camp, YOU will have helped one of more than 40,000 homeless Houston animals in its journey to finding a permanent and loving home. How cool is it that you get to say you helped to save a life this summer?

The activities, videos and challenges are organized into four weeks. They are all self-paced and each week focuses on a particular topic. The four topics include: pet safety, basic care, enrichment, and promotion. We encourage you to have fun with your camp companion and complete the activities together--maybe even snap a selfie photo or video to share too (with your parent’s or guardian’s permission of course!). Once you have completed the four weeks of activities, email the completed camp checklist to ja@bestfriends.org, so that we can send you your official Lifesaving Achievement certificate and rewards!

Ready to get started? Once you have picked up your camp companion and supplies proceed to the first week’s activities.

CAMPERS WITH FOSTER CAMP KITTENS OR CATS

Week 1: Foster Camp-Cat Safety

It is normal for your kitty to be a little nervous or timid at first. After all, she’s adjusting to a new environment — your home! It may take a day or so for her to warm up to you and her new surroundings. In the meantime, you can work on creating a space where she will be as safe and secure as possible and one that will help her feel more confident. This week’s activity will help you create a safe environment for you and your camp companion, as well as build trust and good communication.

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Week 2: Foster Camp-Cat Care

To help your foster cat feel safe, healthy and loved, she will need food, a clean litter box, playtime (if she wants it) and lots of TLC. Providing your foster cat with basic care will encourage her to trust you and, in return, she may show you gratitude and affection.

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Week 3: Foster Camp-Cat Enrichment

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Week 4: Foster Camp-Cat Adoption

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CAMPERS WITH FOSTER CAMP PUPPIES OR DOGS

Week 1: Foster Camp – Dog Safety

Like us, dogs can display and communicate all sorts of emotions. While for some it may be exciting to experience a new place and they may just want to explore, for others it can make them feel nervous at first. It is normal for your camp pup to take a day or two to adjust to you and her new surroundings. In the meantime, you can work on creating a space where she will be as safe and secure as possible and one that will help her feel calmer and more confident. This week’s activity will help you create a safe environment for you and your camp companion, as well build trust and good communication.

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Week 2: Foster Camp – Dog Care

To help your foster pup feel safe, healthy and loved, she will need food, a regular potty break schedule, playtime (if she wants it), and lots of TLC. Providing your foster dog with basic care and a good routine will encourage her to trust you and it’ll help her to adjust to your home. In return, you’ll probably get lots of tail wags, licks and doggie cuddles!

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Week 3: Foster Camp – Dog Enrichment and Training

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Week 4: Foster Camp – Dog Adoption

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