Animal Academy

Paint My Pet


If you have questions about Animal Academy, please contact our Humane Education team at 763-489-2220 or send us an email.

Animals are such a big part of our world, our community, and our families. Animal Academy is a place to learn more about animals and the incredible influence they have on our lives. Through these unique and varying academies kids will have the opportunity to learn more about how we can make the lives of animals better, and how they make our lives better in return! Animal Academy is a place of learning; but also a place to have fun, meet new people, and grow in your love for animals.

Upcoming Animal Academy programs are listed below. All programs take place at our Golden Valley location.

Paint My Pet, November 12 - FULL

Date and time: November 12, 2– 4 p.m.  FULL
Cost: $60

For ages: 10-14

Paint a portrait of your pet! In this Animal Academy children will have the opportunity to paint a portrait of their dog, cat, rabbit or any animal. Children will be guided through the entire portrait by an experienced artist. No previous painting experience is needed.

After you’ve registered for the program, please email us a high quality photo of your pet (just one pet per canvas). We will transfer the outline of your pet onto a 16” x 20” canvas before the program. Your child will be lead through the entire process. At the end of the program, attendees will bring their painting home with them.

All photos must be submitted by November 6. Please send your high resolution photo to

AHS will provide all painting supplies.

Pet Photography 101, December 9

Date and time: December 9,  2-4 p.m.
Cost: $40

For ages: 10-14

Capturing a great animal photo isn’t easy. Join us for a fun and educational workshop focusing on how to capture the perfect pet photo!

Learn with our special guest, Zach Nugent, Animal Humane Society’s content and media producer. You may have seen Zach on our social media pages, quoted in the newspaper, or even on TV! Zach will coach kids attending this workshop on how to work with animals to get a great shot.

Participants will have the opportunity to take pictures of real shelter animals, experiment with lighting techniques, and decorate their own picture frame. We will learn how to read animal body language to ensure animals are comfortable before we take their photo.

Please bring a camera with you to the program (smart phones work, too). If you don’t have a camera, we can provide one for you. Please email to reserve one in advance, as supplies are limited.

While we will be working in a shelter environment, participants should not expect significant animal contact as part of this workshop.

Dog Massage for Kids, January 6

Date and time: January 6, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cost: $40

For ages: 10-14

Did you know dogs can benefit from massage in many of the same way humans do? It’s true! Some of the many benefits include; improve circulation, ease discomfort associated with arthritis, reduce stress and promote relaxation.

This Animal Academy will teach kids the value of compassionate touch using the children’s own stuffed dogs and the educator’s stuffed dog for practice. Working with stuffed dogs, rather than live pets, makes for a very safe and fun environment.

Codi Falley, PetMassage for Kids™ Educator and owner of Paws Fur Massage, will teach participants the basic hands-on skills of canine massage and principles of dog handling safety. They will learn basic handling, touching, holding, stroking, and other PetMassage™ techniques with their stuffed dogs.

Participants are encouraged to bring a stuffed dog from home, or we can provide one for you.

While we will be working in a shelter environment, participants should not expect any animal contact as part of this workshop.

For caring, compassionate advice and resources to address all your animal concerns.

Contact the Pet Helpline