Nebraska 4-H

Companion Animal Program

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Companion animals are diverse groups of animals that include dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, companion birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and many more! There are currently more than 1.1 billion companion animals worldwide. In fact, there are more companion animals than people in the United States.

The Nebraska 4-H companion animal programs offer opportunities for youth to develop life skills and obtain knowledge of companion animals. The focus of the Nebraska 4-H companion animal programs is the total development of the young person. The companion animals contests, shows, and related activities are utilized as a vehicle for human growth and development.

For more information about companion animal programs offered in your community, please contact your local Extension office.

4-H COMPANION ANIMAL OPPORTUNITIES

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Cat Club

Cat Club is a self-paced learning opportunity offering educational information about caring for and showing cats. Cat Club is open to all youth regardless of age or enrollment status, as well as parents and volunteers looking to gain knowledge about cats and the 4-H cat project. New lessons are addede ach month and cover various topics, such as vaccination, diseases, grooming, diet, reproduction, breeds, genetics, cat selection, and showmanship.

Cat Club

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Companion Animal Challenge

The Companion Animal Challenge, held annually on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus, provides 4-H members an opportunity to showcase and demonstrate their companion animal knowledge through a variety of 4-H contests that do not require live animals, including demonstrations, skillathon, essay, art, and photography contests.

Companion Animal Challenge

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Video Companion Animal Showmanship Contest

The Video Companion Animal Showmanship Contest provides 4-H members an opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills of working with their companion animals, such as cat, ferret, guinea pig, or rodent.

Video Companion Animal Showmanship Contest

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2019 State 4-H Dog Event

Due to facility changes at Fonner Park during the Nebraska State Fair, the 2019 State 4-H Dog Show and Dog Skillathon Contest will be held on Saturday, September 7th at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus in the Animal Science Building.

2019 State 4-H Dog Event

CALENDAR OF 4-H COMPANION ANIMAL EVENTS

For questions about this program or the information on this page, please contact:

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COORDINATOR: Lisa Karr
EMAIL: lisa.karr@unl.edu
PHONE: 402-472-6458