Foster kids awarded scholarships for Critter Camp

DELAWARE – Six foster kids in Delaware are getting the chance to spend this week with furry friends, thanks to a partnership between the Brandywine Valley SPCA and the Delaware Office of the Child Advocate.

The two organizations teamed up to award scholarships to six abused or neglected children in the state so they could attend the shelter’s Critter Camp, where they get to spend the week learning about pets, veterinary services, even police K9s. The six scholarships are part of a larger program that awarded a total of 31 spots to kids across the state who live in low-income communities.

Linda Torelli with the Brandywine Valley SPCA says seeing the bond between animals and the children is priceless.

“We often talk about our mission being not just about pets, and it’s really about people, and when we talk about kids, it’s such a rewarding experience to be able to give kids who love animals and are in a really challenging time in their life a chance to connect and get away and really enjoy that bond that they have with animals,” she said.

Torelli says the six foster children were chosen through their foster homes and through Court Appointed Special Advocates. While this year’s camp is wrapping up this week, Torelli says they’re excited to expand the camp and the scholarships for years to come.

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