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 of Minnesota. Through visits with schools, community organizations, 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 for social time and learning opportunities.
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, miniature horses, and more!
To become an Animal Ambassador, you must complete the following steps (Minnesota residents only):
To learn 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.)
Our mission, vision, and values
Mission: To engage the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals.
Vision: To compassionately and responsibly create a more humane world for animals.
Values: Be good to animals. Partner with people. Lead responsibly with compassion.