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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 Humane Education department fosters humane values and animal responsibility. This includes programs for scouts, camps, birthday parties, PetSet Youth Club, and FurryTails.

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.

Dog training

Flexible, pet-oriented, family-friendly. Animal Humane Society’s Training School is designed to help you fit pet training into your life.

Small animal training

Rabbit agility classes are also an ideal way to interact and have fun with your rabbit, providing a perfect bonding experience.

Therapy animals

Through visits at seniors' homes, rehabilitation centers, schools, hospitals, and other facilities, therapy animals bring comfort, learning, and fun to the people they reach.

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

Furry Tails is a story time series ideal for children ages 2-4, 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.

Furry Tails occurs on the second Wednesday of the month.

All programs are from 10:00am - 10:45am.

There is no fee for this program.

Our May 13th Furry Tails is full - please RSVP to join us on June 10th!

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 accommodate up to 50 students, however, programs can be scheduled back-to-back to accommodate larger groups.

Program Fee: $50 per program

Early Bird Discount!

  • Book for the 2014-15 school year by October 1, 2014 and pay just $25 per program.

Same Day Savings!

  • Book a second or third program on the same day and pay just $30 for each additional program.

*Discounts apply for offsite (at your school) classroom programs only.

Classroom Discounts Available
Financial assistance is available for schools with high populations of students who qualify for free/reduced price lunch (FRPL).  To request this discount, please have your school's FRPL data ready when you call or email to schedule your program. 
       If your school's FRPL % is 65-85%, you pay $35 per program
       If your school's FRPL % is 85-100%, you pay $25 per program 

*Discounts apply for offsite (at your school) classroom programs only.

Parents: Purchase a program for your child's school and help bring humane education into your child's classroom! 

For more information, please call (763) 489-2220.

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.

Note: we are unable to accommodate job shadow requests or requests for subjects that fall outside our areas of expertise.

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.

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 volunteer 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. Our tours fill up quickly, so please request a tour at least 2 weeks in advance.  More information about tours.

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 Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops to our shelters! Select from the following to find more information on our unique and comprehensive programs.

*Please be advised that we are currently fully booked for weekend programming (Saturday & Sunday) through the month of May.

Service projects

Is your group looking for a fun community service project? Why not gather the animal-loving troops and conduct a project that benefits Animal Humane Society? We can help you get started with project ideas and tips. Unfortunately, there is high demand for meeting space at Animal Humane Society so we are unable to accommodate additional time for your scout meetings.

Please note that we do not have any opportunities for short-term volunteering at our shelters. Learn more about our volunteer program.

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