Children’s Programs at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

An attorney and human resources professional, Dara Chenevert earned degrees from the University of Michigan and the Howard University School of Law. She has more than 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors in areas such as employee relations, organizational development, and human resources. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Dara Chenevert supports the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay has been devoted to ending animal homelessness and providing care for animals in need for more than 100 years. In addition to adoption programs, veterinary services, community outreach efforts, and volunteer opportunities, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay has several unique programs that aim to instill children with a love for animals at an early age.

One popular children’s program is Critter Camp, eight week-long summer camp sessions for children between the ages of eight and 12. During Critter Camp, campers learn about animal care, hear presentations about animal-related careers, participate in a variety of fun and educational activities, and help care for animals. The cost of Critter Camp is $250, and the camp fills up quickly.

Children who love animals can also host their birthday parties at the Humane Society. Up to 16 children can come to the on-site conference center, where they can visit a variety of animals and tour the facility. The cost for a party package is $175. Parents can bring their own cake, food, and decorations.

The Paws for Literacy program allows young children to read to shelter animals, providing kids with a safe audience to practice their reading skills. Paws for Literacy takes place weekly and is intended for children between the ages of five and 12.

To learn more about the programs offered by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, visit