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Education and pet training

Education and training

Animal Humane Society offers education and training programs for both people and pets.

Youth and family programs

Our educational and outreach programs foster humane values and animal responsibility.

Pet behavior resources

We’re here to answer your behavior questions about your pet, and we might just be able to help you resolve an issue that will keep your pet at home, with you.

Youth and Family Programs

Youth and family programs

At AHS, humane education is about promoting compassion, respect, empathy, and the value of the human-animal bond. Animals become happier and safer and the young people who love them gain new insight into what it means to be human.

Our humane education programs include:

Furry Tails Story Time

Furry Tails story time

FurryTails is a story time series for children, age 2 and up, along with their parents hosted at our Golden Valley location. Each month features a picture storybook read aloud by one of our humane educators followed by a craft and a special time with an animal.

FurryTails occurs on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

All programs are from 10:00am - 10:45am and cost $5 per family.

Adults and Family Education at AHS

Adult and family education

This new monthly series of Humane Education classes is suitable for the entire family! Classes will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Monday nights at Golden Valley.

Class topics for the fall are:

Classroom Program Details

About AHS classroom programs

Length of program: Programs are 45-60 minutes except the Anti-dog fighting workshop and Pet University which are 1.5 hours.

 Group size: Programs can accomodate up to 50 students, however, programs can be scheduled back-to-back to accommodate larger groups.

Program Fee: $50 per program

Early Bird Discount!

School and service projects

School and community service projects

Student requests for school projects

Animal Humane Society frequently receives requests from students of all ages for animal photography opportunities and for information on our services and animal welfare issues. We appreciate students selecting these topics for school projects as they are helpful in spreading the word of Animal Humane Society’s mission in our community.

Meet the AHS Education Staff

Meet our Humane Education staff

Humane Educator Holly Wetzel

AHS Humane Education Supervisor Holly Wetzel leads education programs in local schools, the PetSet Youth Club, tours, birthday parties, and other educational programs in our shelters.

Meet the PetSet Youth Club Achievement Award Winners!

Meet the PetSet Youth Club Achievement Award Winners!

Members of the PetSet Youth Club are encouraged to work toward earning the PetSet Achievement Awards.  Members accumulate points by performing a variety of service activities.  Members can work through four different award levels to earn a variety of rewards for their hard work.

Congratulations to our Copper Award winner, Kelly!

Pet Parenting Workshops

Pet Parenting Workshops

When you bring a new pet into your home, everyone in the family should be ready to share the joys, challenges, and responsibilities involved in caring for that pet. The Pet Parenting Workshop is designed to help families explore and prepare for pet ownership.  Workshop topics will include:

Scout programs

Scout programs

We welcome Boy and Girl Scout troops to visit our shelters for tours and classroom programs. Find out more about these programs by visiting the Shelter Tour and Classroom Program pages on our website.

Animal Humane Society locations


4375 Hwy. 55 S.E.
Buffalo, MN 55313
(763) 390-3647

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Coon Rapids

1411 Main St. N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
(763) 862-4030

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Golden Valley

845 Meadow Ln. N.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
(763) 522-4325

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St. Paul

1115 Beulah Ln.
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 645-7387

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9785 Hudson Rd.
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 730-6008

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  • Administration
    (763) 522-4325
  • Animal Admissions
    (763) 412-4969
  • Pet Behavior Helpline
    (763) 489-2202
  • Boarding
    (763) 489-2222
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