Winter Critter Camp for kids

The Kansas Humane Society will hold its Winter 2010 Critter Camp from Dec. 20-31, offering parents a safe, fun place for their children during the holiday break.

Critter Camp is for ages 7 to 12. Campers will help walk dogs, play with kittens, view a spay/neuter surgery, try out different shelter jobs, enjoy guest speakers and more.

Activities include games, skits, tours and crafts focused on basic animal care and safety, pet training, the bond between people and animals, the importance of veterinary care and ways to address the problem of pet homelessness and overpopulation in the community.

The enrollment fee is $25 per session, and includes snacks and a Critter Camp T-shirt. Morning sessions are 8:30 a.m. to noon; afternoon sessions are 1:30 to 5 p.m. Campers can enroll for one day or for all week.

Register online at or by contacting Bonnie Harrell at 316-524-9196, ext. 218, or

Santa photo sessions to benefit pets

Santa Paws is in town, posing for photos with pets and helping to raise money for animal welfare groups.

Today, see Santa at PetSmart east, 3615 N. Rock Road, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds will go to Lifeline Animal Placement and Protection.

Today and Sunday, he'll be at PetSmart west, 533 S. Tracy, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with proceeds benefiting K-9 Karma Animal Advocates.

Compiled by Diane McCartney