Critter Club & Tuesday Troops
Due to over-whelming popularity of this program we are not accepting applications for the Fall 2017 session of Critter Club which begins at the end of January. However, we are starting a new program for this age group called Tuesday Troops. You may learn more about it by reading the description below the Critter Club description.
A club for animal loving kids in middle school through freshman year in high school! HAWS has an exciting program for middle school aged kids! For many years, we’ve been asked about volunteer opportunities for children. Currently, our volunteer opportunities require that children ages 13-15 partner with a parent, both in volunteer training and while volunteering here at HAWS.
Critter Club is a unique volunteer and educational experience, which provides opportunities for kids in the 6th through 9th grades to volunteer at HAWS on Saturday or Sunday mornings from 9am to 11am without a parent, and attend educational programs on Thursdays at HAWS between 6pm and 7:30pm. A Critter Club session will run for an entire school semester, and costs $150.00 per session to cover our staffing costs, as well as other expenses.
Critter Club applicants must apply for membership to the club, submit recommendations from two non-related adults (teachers, ministers, scout leaders, etc.) and write an essay about why pets are important. Once these submissions are reviewed, we will invite the best candidates to join the program within two weeks of the first-scheduled meeting.
Critter Club is too popular! When Critter Club first started we had trouble envisioning a time when we’d have more kids wanting to join than spaces. But that time has come and Critter Club has a waiting list.
As a result we’ve decided to start a similar club for those kids who want to be a part of HAWS but aren’t able to get into Critter Club. Tuesday Troops will meet on three Tuesday nights a month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. The first 30 to 45 minutes will be spent on volunteer work that will help HAWS in our mission to care for the animals and support pet owners of Waukesha County. Volunteer work will include doing laundry, sorting newspapers for lining of caging, washing nose and hand prints off windows, and other activities. The last part of the night will be spent socializing dogs, cats and other adoptable animals at HAWS.
The application process for Tuesday Troops is the same as Critter Club: Applicants must apply for membership to the club, submit recommendations from two non-related adults (teachers, ministers, scout leaders, etc.) and write an essay about why pets are important. Once these submissions are reviewed, we will invite the best candidates to join the program within two weeks of the first-scheduled meeting.
Members of Tuesday Troops will have first option for any Critter Club spots that open up in the future.
The cost for Tuesday Troops is $75.00 — half the amount of Critter Club since Tuesday Troop members will not be volunteering on the weekends.
The first Tuesday Troops session for the first semester session of the 2017-18 school year will be announced at a later date.