Birthday Party FAQ

Birthday Party FAQ

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:

Unleashed camps

Unleashed day camps offer fun, educational experiences for kids who love animals.

PetSet Youth Club

A fun, comprehensive program for youth in grades 5-7 who want to learn about animal welfare issues while developing community service skills.

Birthday parties

Celebrate your birthday (ages 7+) with a different kind of party animal!

Scout programs

Animal Humane Society offers badge programs for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors.

School and community service projects

Help with school assignments and ideas for community service projects.

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.*

*FurryTails is canceled for Wednesday, August 27th due to an all staff event. We'll see you again on September, 10th!

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

Call 763-489-2221 for more information and to reserve your spot today!

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 for information about our services and animal welfare issues for classroom projects. If you are a student requesting to interview a staff member about an animal welfare topic that pertains to the work we do, or if you wish to request access to AHS facilities in order to complete a photo or video school-related project, please  submit a request online.

Due to the large number of requests we receive, please allow a minimum of 48 hours for AHS staff to respond once the request has been submitted. AHS staff can answer student questions via phone, email, or in person. A scheduled appointment is required in advance and we will do our best to schedule appointments within 1-2 weeks of the request. Please plan ahead as we are unable to accommodate last minute requests. We are unable to accommodate job shadow requests or requests for subjects that fall outside our areas of expertise.

Interviews are available Monday – Friday at our Golden Valley location and do not include a tour. Tour requests are handled separately, but students are welcome to visit the animals on their own prior to or after their scheduled time with AHS staff.

Community service projects

Although we don't offer  short-term volunteering projects in our shelters, you can help us serve animals in other ways. Some project ideas include:

Shelter tours

Groups are also welcome to schedule a tour of one of our facilities at the time they bring in their donations. Tours last approximately one hour and there is a $1 per person fee for tours, with a $15 minimum. Click here for more information about tours.  Our tour schedules fill up quickly, so please schedule at least 2 weeks in advance. 

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:

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