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Birthday Parties at The Briggs Animal Adoption Center!

BDay Set Up

Does your child love animals? If so, The Briggs Animal Adoption Center (BAAC) in Charles Town, WV, could be the perfect place for their next birthday party!

BAAC is the ideal location to host a birthday celebration for your child and up to 19 of their friends. Party rental includes:

  • Two-hour rental of our climate-controlled building, pavilion and green space, all with access to private restrooms
  • Gift bag for the birthday girl or boy
  • Set up of tables and chairs
  • Tablecloths, cups, utensils, and flatware
  • A 30-minute tour of our animal facility (including the very popular cattery!)
  • A meet and greet with a friendly shelter dog and a humane educator
  • Break down and clean up

The NHES and BAAC birthday party is the best mix of animal education and birthday party fun —kids love it! After the tour, your party is free to play games and serve food in our climate controlled Humane Education Center. Upon request, we can provide you with a list of local restaurants our clients have worked with in the past. Bring your own birthday cake and other treats! Email or call us today to schedule your next party!
Click here to download Birthday Party Rental Agreement and Waiver

Click here to view the Birthday Party Flyer


Cool to Care Camp at The Briggs Animal Adoption Center

Every year, NHES hosts a Cool to Care Camp for children in grades 1 through 9.

Each session runs Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm. Our humane educators make learning fun with outdoor games, arts and crafts, service projects, and interaction with shelter pets! Campers will also enjoy guest speaker presentations from amazing animal professionals – including K9 teams, wildlife rehabilitators, and specially trained therapy dogs. Check out the  curriculum for each age group in the table below.

Each camp session is $165.00 per week. 

June 19-23, 2017
(Rising 1st–3rd Graders)
Pet Pals learn kind and safe interaction with pets. They also learn all about pet care and the importance of animal adoption! Pet Pals also learn about wildlife of the mid-Atlantic region!

July 10-14, 2017
(Rising 4th–6th Graders)

Humane Heroes learn all about animal adoption, pet care, spay and neuter, and humane training techniques! Humane Heroes learn about wildlife conservation.
July 24-28, 2017
(Rising 7th–9th Graders)
Animal Ambassadors learn about animal adoption, responsible pet ownership, the importance of spay and neuter, humane training methods, wildlife conservation and basics of animal advocacy.

Camp FAQ & Camp Policies
Registration Starts April 1, 2017.
A link to our registration form will be available on this webpage on that date.

Educational Tours for Groups

Viola visiting kittens in catteryCome to BAAC with your classroom, scout troop, association, or senior group Wednesday-Saturday after 11:30am for an inside look at one of the nation’s finest animal shelters!  To ensure the safety and comfort of BAAC shelter animals, tours are limited to a maximum number of 30 total adults and children.  Tours are completely free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Our humane educators will work with your group to tailor a tour and program for your group. Reservations required. For more information or to schedule a tour, email

Tours generally last about 1 hour.

  • Spend time in the our popular cattery!
  • After the tour, make Kong treats for BAAC shelter dogs!
  • Learn the safe way to meet and interact with pets.
  • Get to know an adoptable shelter dog from BAAC!



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