Children Decorate SPCA Garden at Animal Art Camp

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Animal art camp is underway at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, giving low-income students the chance to leave their mark in the memorial garden.

Mosaic artist Virginia Gardner is helping the children design paw print tiles to decorate the bridge over the course of the week. The free camp offers the students a chance to learn about pets and connect with them. Tuesday, they learned about service dogs.

"I came here to help with the rainbow bridge project, but what I have seen that's totally blown me away has been the volunteers that are here all day long, seven days a week, and they're over, walking those dogs round and round,” Gardner said. “If these kids can be exposed to that sort of commitment, I don't think we can ask for more than that.”

This is the camp's inaugural summer. The plan is to continue in years to come, adding elements to the animal memorial garden each year.

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