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

April 14 — Outreach Wellness Event, St. Paul School, 643 Virginia St., St. Paul MN 55103

Through our Community Outreach Program, Animal Humane Society’s 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. You can make a difference for pets and families in these communities by volunteering at this event.

If you are interested in volunteering, watch your email for the link to sign up.

Check out if you’re interested in learning more about the amazing work that happens at these events.

April 24, 6:30 p.m. — Precious Cargo, Golden Valley AHS, 845 Meadow Lane N., Golden Valley, MN 55422

Join us for our Precious Cargo event as we welcome animals from overcrowded and underfunded shelters to Animal Humane Society. You can help get these animals settled in for their first day in Minnesota, including giving the puppies a bath after their long journey.

Pack members will receive an email with instructions on how to RSVP.

April 28, 10 a.m. — Dogs & Donuts, Battle Creek Off-leash Dog Park, Upper Afton Road, Maplewood, MN 55119

Dogs & Donuts is back! Enjoy a complimentary donut with us right outside the park from 10-10:20 a.m. At 10:20 a.m., we’ll head to 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. No need to RSVP, just meet us at the park.

May 5, 10 a.m. — Walk for Animals, Golden Valley AHS, 845 Meadow Lane N., Golden Valley, MN 55422

Get your wag on and join The Pack’s Walk for Animals team! The Walk for Animals is Saturday, May 5. This is Animal Humane Society’s largest annual fundraiser, bringing together more than 8,000 people and 3,000 animals to wag, walk, and raise funds for animals in our community.

Stop by The Pack booth at the Walk to play trivia and win some awesome swag!

We know this cause is close to your heart and we’ve committed as a team to do what we can to help animals. Register and contribute — either through a donation or by joining our team (if you haven’t already) and helping raise money for animals in need.

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Questions? Email

Already signed up for the Walk and want to be a part of our team? Let us know and we’ll add you.


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
Molly Budke
Emily Claridge
Elizabeth Grey
Aaron Guggemos
Lindsay Hewitt
Christina Leavell
Stephanie Means
Mary Moilanen
Kelsey Polcher
Alison Schneider
Ryan Steinbauer
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