Educator resources

Two AHS educators in a classroom.

Whether your students are gathering information on animal welfare for a school project, are interested in making a difference through a service project, or you're simply looking for engaging animal-related learning activities, our humane educators are here to help. Review our resources for educators, and check out our variety or programs for schools and community groups.

School projects

We frequently receive requests from students for information about our services and animal welfare issues for classroom projects. With advance notice, we may be able to offer students up to 30 minutes with an AHS staff member for gathering information needed for a project. This can be done via phone or email.

Want AHS to present to your classroom?

Request a virtual session with one of our humane educators or contact us about booking an Educator Visit to your school.


We cannot accommodate requests for:

  • Job shadowing of any kind
  • Short-term volunteer projects (anything requiring less than a one year commitment)
  • Community service hours
  • Projects requiring extensive photography or filming, including documentary projects
  • Requests from students outside our local service area of Minnesota
  • Last-minute needs 

Request information for a school project

If your request fits within the parameters of what we are able to accommodate, complete our request form.

Please allow a minimum of 48 hours for AHS staff to respond once the request has been submitted. A scheduled appointment is required and we'll do our best to schedule students within 1-2 weeks of the request.

Much of the information students typically need can be found on our website, and we encourage students to gather as much information as they can before submitting a request for assistance.

Service projects

There are many ways for groups and individuals to help Animal Humane Society serve animals in need. Some ideas include:

  • Host a fundraiser, like a bake sale or car wash, to benefit Animal Humane Society.
  • Organize a supply drive to collect the things we need most from our wish list, including items from your home that can be reused to help animals in our shelters.
  • Host a group craft-making project to make toys and even outdoor shelters.

Donated items can be brought to the customer service counter at any AHS location during regular business hours. No appointment is necessary. 

Groups are also welcome to schedule a tour of one of our facilities at the time they bring in their donations. Tours are led by a humane educator and last approximately 30-45 minutes.

Virtual humane education resources

For at-home or supplemental learning, our Humane Education team has developed a series of animal-related educational activities. These free, online resources – including games, story time, crafts, and more – provide children of all ages with fun, interactive ways to learn about animals, AHS, and how we can work together to protect dogs, cats, and critters in our community and beyond.

Review our lesson plans and activities

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

Contact the Pet Helpline