Just for Kids

Please visit our volunteer page for information regarding the junior volunteer program. Junior volunteers are age 6-15 and can participate in Cat Cuddling and Canine Story Time programs.

Children age 5-12 are invited to celebrate their birthday at Heart of the Valley.

Your celebration will include the use of the shelter’s spacious Community Room for a 3 hour block including 30 minutes set-up time as well as 30 minutes clean-up time. The party guests will experience a behind the scenes tour of the shelter and have opportunities to interact with shelter pets depending on availability. The remaining time will be spent completing animal crafts of their choice, as well as the details you choose to provide such as food and drink, or any other activities you would love to include in the celebration! Parties are available on Saturday and Sunday and can be hosted from 12-3pm and 1-4pm. The birthday boy or girl will also receive an official Heart of the Valley Birthday T-shirt as well as the honor of naming an incoming stray shelter pet.

This Heart of the Valley Birthday Party Package is offered for $130.00.

Please fill out the application below, party dates will not be held without an application. For questions, please contact the Volunteer and Outreach Manager, Kristin, at (406) 404-3068 or volunteer@heartofthevalleyshelter.org.

Application for Birthday Party

Our summer day camp is for children (6-12 years old) who love animals!  Campers learn the importance of compassionate animal care through time with animals, games, crafts, humane education lessons, and a wide variety of guest speakers. Each week children will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of animals. The camp is Monday-Friday with drop off between 8:30-9:00am and pick up between 3:00-3:30pm.

For more information and to answer any questions contact Kristin at (406) 404-3068 or volunteer@heartofthevalleyshelter.org.

Register on CampDoc here!

2020 Camp Dates:
Session 1: June 22-26
Session 2: June 29-July 3
Session 3: July 7-10
Session 4: July 13-17
Session 5: July 20-24
Session 6: July 27-31

Heart of the Valley is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people and companion animals in the Gallatin Valley. One way we do this is by offering free humane education programs for schools and youth groups designed to educate students about animal safety and foster an appreciation for all living things.

Our humane education programs, which engage students through hands-on learning, can be adapted for a wide range of grade levels, age groups and curriculum needs. By learning how to responsibly care for and interact with pets, students help create safer communities while developing important social skills such as kindness, empathy and compassion. All lessons have been designed to complement school curriculum and satisfy Common Core Standards.

Please complete the Humane Education Lesson Request form and HOV’s Volunteer and Outreach Manager will contact you.

*Please note: Due to our Pet Pals Summer Camp we are unable to provide humane education lessons in mid-June to early August.*

Humane Education Lesson Form

Contact Volunteer and Outreach Manager, Kristin, with any questions at volunteer@heartofthevalleyshelter.org.