Youth Programs

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Introducing: Kids Camp Kindness!

Brand new to GCACE, this program is designed for youth groups of all ages to participate. We will explore the needs of shelter pets, their behaviors, and how you can help be an animal advocate. 

Join us for our next session on June 17th from 11:00am-12:00pm directly following our reading program!

Spots are limited! - Sign up here

Tales for Tails

Tales for Tails is a children's literacy program. All school aged children are welcome to participate. Children are encouraged to bring books from home or borrow one from our GCACE library. Hosted one Saturday each month from 10:00am-11:00am located at Gaston County Animal Care & Enforcement. This program helps young readers build confidence while enriching the lives of animals. Legal guardians must be present for the entire hour. No sign up is required for this, drop by and see us for our Summer sessions!

May 13th - 10:00-11:00am

June 17th - 10:00-11:00am

July 15th - 10:00-11:00am

Furry Friday's

Furry Fridays will take place one Friday evening during our fall and winter months from 6:00pm-7:00pm. This program is offered to all school aged children. Sessions will typically include a craft, game, movie, or other activity. This program is designed to help children in the community learn about the basic needs of animals and how they can help shelter pets. Spots are limited and sign up is required. Legal guardians must be present for the entire hour. 

Pen Pals with Tails

This is a great program for our local schools. Looking to help young writers practice, build confidence, and have fun at the same time? What better way than to have a furry pen pal!

Take a look at some of our Adoptable Pets you can write to! Pen Pal letters can be sent to:

Attn: Rescue Coordinator 

Gaston County Animal Care & Enforcement

1491 Business Park Ct.

Gastonia, North Carolina 28052


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