The Pack: Young Professionals Group

Pack members at the dogs and donuts event

The Pack is a group of young professionals who are passionate about animals and Animal Humane Society. We gather to learn about, take part in, and advocate for the work that Animal Humane Society does while creating an environment for animal lovers to share ideas and build relationships.

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Upcoming events

October 7 – Pints & Pups, Boom Island Brewing, 2014 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55411

Pints & Pups is back at Boom Island Brewing and the Pack Advisory Board will be there spreading the word about the great work Animal Humane Society does. Visit us at our table where we will have can coolers to give away, activities to participate in, and dogs to visit with (sorry but these dogs already have forever homes). Join us in the fun and support animal welfare in our community. We will be there from about 12- 6 pm.

October 21 – Outreach Wellness Event, Hillcrest Knoll Park, (1672 Hoyt Ave E, St Paul, MN 55106)

Animal Humane Society’s Community Outreach Program regularly hosts wellness clinics in underserved and low-income communities where residents can bring their animals for free wellness exams, vaccinations, and to sign up for free spay/neuter surgeries. On September 9th the Community Outreach department hosted its tenth Community Wellness Clinic and served more than 400 animals in 4 hours! Make a difference for pets and families in these communities by volunteering at this event!

To apply for a volunteer position, follow this link to an online application. Please note that you are a Pack member under “Special Needs or Request”. If you have any questions about the event or volunteering, please email Julie Thao. Include your name, phone number, and a note that you are a member of the Pack.

Curious to know what happens at our Wellness Events? Watch this video to learn about the amazing impact these events have.

October 28, 10 a.m. — Dogs & Donuts: Trick or Treat, Battle Creek Off-Leash Dog Park (Upper Afton Rd., Maplewood, MN 55119)*

Join the Pack for this Halloween themed Dogs & Donuts! Enjoy a complimentary donut with us right outside the park from 10-10:20 am and if your dog shows us a trick they’ll get a treat (we’ll probably give them a treat even if they don’t). Then it’s into the park to hike and for the dogs play in the off-leash area. Don’t forget to bring your own coffee! If you plan to bring your dog, please review the rules for the dog park ahead of time.

*There are two parking lots at Battle Creek Dog Park – look for us at the one off Upper Afton Rd.


What are the mission, vision and values of the Pack?
  • Mission: Advocate, volunteer, and have fun with other animal-loving young professionals who support Animal Humane Society

  • Vision: Raise awareness of Animal Humane Society’s mission by engaging emerging leaders

  • Values:

    • Be good to animals
    • Build community
    • Be an ambassador
How/when can I become a member of the Pack?

Click the “Join the Pack” button above to sign up.

Paid membership includes one year of Pack events and benefits. If funds are tight, you can fill out and submit the Pack membership fee waiver application. The Board will review these applications and contact chosen applications to let them know their membership fees will be waived.

What are the benefits of becoming a member?
  • Free admission to most Pack events
  • Access to exclusive volunteer experiences for the Pack, like “Precious Cargo” where you can help with the arrival of a transport of dogs by bathing puppies and getting dogs settled for their first night in Minnesota
  • The Pack T-shirt and dog tag
  • 10% off Animal House Boarding and Animal Humane Society’s Training School (one time use)
  • A subscription to our bi-annual magazine, Animal Tracks
  • And most importantly, you will get to connect with compassionate people like yourself who want to create a more humane world for animals
When was the Pack founded?

The Pack was created in 2015.

What is the advisory board?

The advisory board is a group of Animal Humane Society staff and non-staff members who lead the Pack. They plan the programs, communicate with members, support membership, and ensure activities follow the mission of The Pack and Animal Humane Society.

Who is on the advisory board?

Nicole Baruth
Emily Claridge
Elizabeth Grey
Aaron Guggemos
Lindsay Hewitt
Christina Leavell
Stephanie Means
Mary Moilanen
Kelsey Polcher
Alison Schneider
Whitney Stone
Jenna Yockim

Can I become a member of the advisory board?

Our advisory board is currently full, however we will periodically be looking to add new members and if you would like to be considered in the future please email


Contact the Pack at or 763-432-4809.

Note: the Pack is targeted towards Young Professionals age 21+

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

Contact the Pet Helpline