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

Camp Happy Tails: Summer Vacation Camps

Camp Scholarship Form

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
$240 per week 
(Extended day available from 3:00 to 5:00 pm for $10 per day. Please check the box and indicate number of days required for the camp week)

Grades 2 & 3    
July 20 - 24: House and Home (FULL)

Grades 4 - 6
July 6 - 10: Behind the Scenes (FULL)
August 3 - 7: Animals & the Environment
August 10 - 14: Click and Treat (FULL)

YMCA Camp:  9:00 am to 4:00 pm, half day at the Potter League and half day at the YMCA, Middletown - $225 per week
(Extended day available from 4:00 to 5:00 pm for $5 per day. Please check the box and indicate number of days required for the camp week)

Grades 2 & 3 
July 13 - 17: Happy, Healthy Pets
July 27 - 31: Games Pets Play

Grades 4 - 6 
July 13 - 17: Pets and Vets (FULL)
July 27 - 31: Dogs Sports & Cat-tivities (FULL)


Grades 2 & 3 

House and Home
From the habitats of wildlife to your own living room, learn about where animals live and what they need to get from their environments to survive and thrive.

Happy, Healthy Pets
Our pets depend on us to give them everything they need to be happy and healthy. Learn how to take care of pets and yourself by investigating the importance of food, exercise, training, and more.

Games Pets Play
Pets just want to have fun! Learn about the different games that cats, dogs, and other pets like to play with each other and their favorite humans. Make toys for pets and design some fun of your own.

Grades 4 - 6

Behind the Scenes (FULL)
Go beyond the Potter League’s adoption floor and learn how animal shelters help pets. Investigate the roles of veterinary technicians, adoption counselors, dog trainers, volunteers, and veterinarians.

Animals and the Environment
Humans have a huge and often destructive impact on the planet and therefore the other animals that live here. Learn how you can make the world a better place for animals through hands-on projects.

Click and Treat
Learn how to train many different kinds of animal, including dogs, cats, rabbits, and even people, using a clicker and lots of treats. Investigate how training can be both fun and helpful for pets and their families.

Pets and Vets
Explore the veterinary career path. Learn about what veterinarians do and discover what it takes to keep pets feeling their best.

Dog Sports & Cat-tivities
Explore the exciting world of dog sports, including agility, rally obedience, flyball, and more! Then, investigate how cats and other pets can (and do) get in on the fun.


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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