Summer Camp - Spring Break Camp - Winter Camp
HHS offers a 9 week Summer Camp program each year to help educate children ages 6-13 years old on what we do, why we do it and how they can help. There is a substantial amount of hands-on time with animal experts and their animals they bring for demonstrations.
In a typical week, up to 30 children will learn about animals from certified and licensed animal behaviorists, service dog trainers, certified dog trainers, a bat expert, a therapy dog service, diabetes service handlers and their animals, etc.
Each week is the same camp yet we have many children come back for an additional week. The camp is operated and conducted by our Summer Camp Coordinator. Cost is $150.00.
HHS also offers a Spring Break Camp which is a 1-week camp held the week of Volusia County's Public School Spring Break. Similar to summer camp. Cost is $30.00 daily.
Lastly, we offer a Winter Camp which is a 1-5 day camp depending on the year and begins on the first day of winter/holiday break. Cost is $30.00 per day.
HHS tours are meant to educate the average consumer about our mission, our philosophies, our accomplishments and our goals for the future. After a brief orientation Powerpoint, the tour begins at the adoption lobby. The tour continues into the small dog-puppy room. A tour guide will talk about the number of small dogs available and will take questions.
The next stop is the cat room filled with domesticated cats and kittens just waiting for a kind person to take them home and make them their pet. From here, the tour continues to the large dog kennel. This kennel was totally renovated in 2015. New flooring, ceiling, ventilation systems and new kennels each with their own outdoor area and see-through glass door. A far cry from the cages of yesterday. Eventually all kennels will be renovated to this level.
At the end of the large dog kennel, a door leads to an outside exercise area. The HHS Mobile Transfer and Event Trailer is usually parked in this area as well. The tour will continue to the stray animal kennel buildings, the utility buildings and continue to the intake and foster area.
A typical tour will last approximately 45-minutes.
College and High School-
HHS offers students the opportunity to earn academic credit for school programs such as ROTC that may require public service hours. Additionally, HHS staff will work with college or college bound students who may visit our organization as part of a student exchange or internship program.
Interns and Foreign Students:
HHS hosts many intern programs for veterinary services as well as 2-3 week education programs for students from the Far East.
Community Outreach School Visits:
Our Community Outreach Director visits numerous elementary and middle schools each year. Accompanied by one of our Ambassador Dogs, the children are taught about how to care for a pet, what type of animals make good pets and which animals do not. They are also shown how to approach a strange dog so the dog is more accepting. A question and answer period concludes the visit and all of the children are allowed to pet the dog and offer them a treat.
HHS hosts and assists third-party therapy and service dog services 2-3 times annually. HHS does not train these animals, nor do we coordinate the training. We simply offer our facilities to these services to support their efforts.
New Horizons Service Dogs, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that partners trained dogs with the disabled, mostly in the area of wheelchair and mobility assistance. We are headquartered in Central Florida and provide service dogs to disabled clients primarily throughout the state of Florida.