Programs for kids and families

Rescue Readers

Fall/winter education programs

We're so excited to return to in-person programming at AHS. We can't wait to see young animal lovers back in our shelters!

Day camps for kids

  • Shelter Vet Camp is designed to immerse students in the world of shelter medicine and is available in-person and virtually.
  • Day Camps provide a one-of-a-kind experience for kids who love animals and are available in Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, and Woodbury.

Paint my Pet

Offered at our Animal Humane Society Veterinary and Training Center, Paint My Pet sessions are open for fall/winter registration.

Project Purpose

Project Purpose is a unique, four-month program for 7-10 graders to learn more about AHS while empowering them to help make the world a better place for animals.

Rescue Readers

Rescue Readers provide soothing company to dogs, cats, and critters awaiting adoption in our shelters. Opportunities are available in Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, and Woodbury. 

Scout Programs

Our Scout Programs help scouts earn badges through a variety of games and activities, while learning about the human-animal bond and how to be a responsible pet owner.

School and service projects

The Pack

The Pack engages students grades 7-9 in learning about animal welfare, the St. Paul community, and how students can get more involved in animal welfare.

Connect with an Educator

Meet virtually with an AHS educator and learn more about how AHS provides care and services to animals and people across Minnesota. This virtual option is open to all ages and great for classrooms and community groups.

Free virtual activities

These free, online-only games and activities provide children of all ages with unique ways to learn about animals from the comfort of home.


If you have questions about youth programs at AHS complete our contact form.

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

Contact the Pet Helpline