Programs for kids and families

Rescue Readers

Young animal lover at home? Animal Humane Society’s camps and programs are designed to help children explore their interests, interact with animals, and nurture their compassion for all living things.

One-day camps and programs

Day camps for kids

Shelter Vet Camp and other AHS School Year Camps provide a one-of-a-kind experience for 3-8 graders and are available in Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, and Woodbury.

Paint my Pet

Offered at our Golden Valley shelter and Animal Humane Society's Veterinary Center in St. Paul, Paint My Pet sessions are open for 2022-2023 registration.

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 caretaker.

Multi-day camps and programs

Exploring Animal Careers

Did you know there are more than 100 different jobs at Animal Humane Society? It's true! Exploring Animal Careers is a summer program that allows teens to learn more about careers working with animals. Registration for summer 2023 opens in February.

Project Purpose

Project Purpose is a unique, 8-week program for 7-10 graders to learn more about AHS while empowering them to help make the world a better place for animals. Spots are available for our Winter/Spring season!

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. 

Summer Camp

Summer Camp, hosted in Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, and Woodbury, is a weeklong camp designed for kids entering grades 3-8. Registration for summer 2023 opens in February. 

New this year: AHS now offers half-day themed camps at our University Avenue location for grades 3-10 throughout the summer focused on arts and crafts, animal science, or careers helping animals.

    fall break camp at Animal Humane Society

    Other educational opportunities

    School and service projects

    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