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

February 25, 10-11:30 a.m. — Indoor Dog Play, Canine Coach, St. Louis Park

Is your dog going stir crazy from being inside? Too cold to go to the dog park? Join us at Canine Coach in St. Louis Park for an indoor doggie play date. Stop by any time between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. No need to RSVP, just show up and join in on the fun.

Please make sure your dog has all of the required vaccinations to be around other dogs. Also consider if this play date will be a comfortable situation for your pup. We want everyone, including the dogs, to have a good time. Contact us at if you have questions.

March 3, 8:30 a.m. — Cat Yoga, Golden Valley AHS, 845 Meadow Lane N., Golden Valley, MN 55422

Join the Pack for cat yoga at our Golden Valley location! Bring a yoga mat and a bottle of water for an hour-long yoga class with fellow Pack members and adoptable cats. The class will be taught by Erin Jorich, who has been teaching yoga in the Twin Cities area since 2009 and guides a practice that is focused on alignment, form, and sustainable movement.

This class is free for all Pack members and $5 for friends of Pack members (each Pack member can bring one guest).

Space is limited! Email Molly Budke if you’d like to attend. If you’re bringing a friend who is not in the Pack, please note it in your email. If there’s still space by Feburary 26, we’ll open the class to all AHS supporters, so register soon to reserve your spot!


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