The Animal Humane Society's Animal Ambassadors are volunteers who, along with their pets, provide animal-assisted therapy and activities to people throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Through visits with elderly residents in nursing homes, hospitals, and other facilities, these unique volunteers bring comfort, learning, and fun to the people they reach.
In addition to regular therapy visiting, the Animal Ambassadors group meets quarterly for social time and learning opportunities.
Contact the Animal Ambassadors Coordinator at AHS for more information about this program by email or calling (763) 432-4847.
Animal-Assisted Therapy: Not Just For Dogs: When many people hear the phrase "animal-assisted therapy," they immediately think of therapy dogs. But therapy work isn't just for dogs - domestic animals of almost any kind can be therapy animals, including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, horses, and more!
To become an Animal Ambassador, you must complete the following steps:
If you'd like to know more about animal-assisted therapy, join us for an upcoming Intro to Therapy Animals Class
You'll learn what makes a good therapy animal, what kind of training is required to get started, and what you can do with your therapy skills once you've become a registered animal therapy team. This one-hour program is free, but registration is required. (Humans only, please; pets should stay at home.) Call 763-489-2217 or contact the Training school online for more information. Upcoming class dates can also be found on the Therapy Animal page.