Camp Happy Tails

Camp Happy Tails introduces kids to the wonders and wows of the animal kingdom while learning compassion and respect for the world around them. Our hands-on educational programs allow kids to explore behind the scenes at the Potter League and unleash a love for making a difference in animals’ lives.

Camp Happy Tails: Winter Vacation Camps

Fill out Camp Happy Tails Volunteer Counselor Application (minimum age: 14 years old)

Vacation Camp Sessions:  9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Potter League
February 21 - 23 & April 18 - 20
$25 per session
Join the Adoption Task Force! Learn about and meet the animals in our shelter. Create projects to keep them happy and healthy, and brainstorm ways to match them up with their purr-fect new home. The Adoption Task Force is for kids in Grades 3, 4 & 5 and runs from 9AM to noon. Sign up for as many days as you like—activities will be different each day!

Camp Happy Tails: Summer Vacation Camps


Fill out Camp Happy Tails Volunteer Counselor Application (minimum age: 14 years old)

POTTER LEAGUE Full Day Sessions:  9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Potter League
$250 per week  (Extended day available from 3:00 to 5:00 pm for $10 per day.)

Grades 2 & 3    
August 1 - 5: Happy, Healthy Pets

Grades 4 - 6
July 18 - 22: Training Bootcamp
August 8 - 12: Behind the Scenes
August 15 - 19: At Your Service

YMCA Camp:  9:00 am to 4:00 pm, half day at the Potter League and half day at the YMCA, Middletown - $235 per week (Extended day available from 4:00 to 5:00 pm for $10 per day.)

Grades 2 & 3 
July 11 - 15: Games Pets Play
July 25 - 29: Feathers and Fur

Grades 4 - 6 
July 11 - 15: Games for Pets and You
July 25 - 29: Furever Friends


Grades 2 & 3 

Games Pets Play
Kids and pets are a lot alike- they both just want to have fun! Learn about the games pets play with their favorite humans then design and make your own versions of fun toys and games to enjoy with your pets.

Feathers and Fur
Learn about the things that make our companion pets unique. Discover our pets’ wild roots and how those characteristics affect their behavior.

Keeping Pets Happy and Healthy
Do you know what you and your pet needs to stay healthy and happy? Explore the importance of food, exercise and training to accomplish a balanced lifestyle for you and your favorite friends.


Grades 4 - 6

Games for Pet and You
Animals want to have fun just like you! Do you have ideas for games or toys you would like to explore? Share your ideas and learn about other games to play with your animal friends.

Training Bootcamp
Would you like to learn how to train your family pet, or even a family member? Investigate how training can be fun and valuable for pets and their families.

Furever Friends
Celebrate the relationships humans have forged with the animals in their lives! Learn how to nurture the relationships with our furry and feathered friends by understanding how their unique characteristics affect behavior and care.

Behind the Scenes
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an animal at Potter League? Investigate an animal’s path through Potter League from intake through adoption by examining the roles of the humans they have contact with.

At Your Service
There are animals among us making significant contributions to the community as service workers. Meet these specially trained animals and the humans they are helping.


Submit a registration form with complete payment  to reserve your child’s space in camp. Registration forms can be obtained by clicking on the link below or at the shelter (87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown). Completed forms and payment can be mailed to P.O. Box 412, Newport, RI 02840, faxed to 401-367-0122, or emailed to

Once the form and payment have been received and processed, you will receive a confirmation email. Attached to the email will be the additional camp forms (pick-up list, medical forms, releases, etc.), which are due at least 7 days prior to the start of your child’s camp week.


Phone: 401-846-8276
Fax: 401-846-0681
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87 Oliphant Lane
Middletown, RI

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Middletown: 401-846-1144
Portsmouth: 401-683-0300
Newport: 401-847-1306
Jamestown: 401-423-1212
Tiverton: 401-625-6277
Little Compton: 401-635-2311

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