Animal Academy

Paint My Pet

The safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and the community we serve continues to be our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution, and to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, Animal Humane Society has canceled or postponed most in-person Education programming through March 2021. 

Animals are such a big part of our world, our community, and our families. Animal Academy is a place to learn about animals and the incredible influence they have on our lives. Through these unique and varying academies participants of all ages have the opportunity to learn how we can make the lives of animals better, and how they make our lives better in return! 

Paint My Pet

Ages 10-14

  • All available sessions have filled. 

Ages 15+

  • Saturday, May 23, 2020, 1 p.m. - St. Paul (New University Ave. location)
  • Sunday June 21, 2020, 12 p.m. - Golden Valley 

Paint a portrait of your pet! In this Animal Academy participants will have the opportunity to paint a portrait of their dog, cat, rabbit — or any animal. Everyone 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. You will be led through the entire process. At the end of the program, attendees will bring their painting home with them.

Each painting session is 2 hours and 30 minutes in length. AHS will provide all painting supplies.

Cost: $65

Junior Dog Trainer
  • All available sessions have filled. 

Has your 8-13-year-old ever wondered what it would be like to be an animal trainer? Now is the time to find out! During this Junior Dog Trainer program, participants will experience what it’s like to be a dog trainer at Animal Humane Society. Participants will learn:

  • Positive reinforcement training and why it's so important.
  • The steps needed to teach a dog or cat a new skill.
  • Learn about how AHS works with shelter animals to improve their behavior.
  • What you can do now to prepare yourself to be an animal trainer one day!

Cost: $45
Ages: 8-13

Pet Photography 101
  • All available sessions have filled. 

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!

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. Send us a message to reserve one in advance, as supplies are limited.

Cost: $45
Ages: 8-13

Animal Investigators
  • All available sessions have filled. 

Join us for a look inside the world of animal investigators, learn about the work AHS does beyond the shelter walls. This program will be led by AHS Humane Investigations staff.

Animal Humane Society’s Humane Investigations team is committed to seeking justice for animals by investigating reports of animal mistreatment and neglect. Aiding animals in crisis is a core part of Animal Humane Society’s mission. 

Participants can expect to learn about: 

  • AHS Humane Investigation department and our Critical Response Team (CRT)
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the obstacles Humane Agents and shelters in animal welfare face everyday 
  • How you can apply this knowledge to problem-solve real world scenarios

This program will include a tour of the shelter and a Q&A session with an AHS Humane Investigations Agent.

Cost: $45
Ages: 10+

Dog Massage
  • All available sessions have filled. 

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.

Cost: $45
Ages: 10+


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

View our cancellation policy and FAQs.

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

Contact the Pet Helpline