Animal Humane Society will open at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23. We will resume regular business hours the following day.

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S.A.V.E. your summer

A summer volunteer program is a future builder.

It’s not summer in Minnesota yet (we just hope spring has come by the time this magazine arrives in your mailbox), but we’re already thinking about our big plans for Youth S.A.V.E. – our Summer Animal Volunteer Experience.

Youth S.A.V.E. is a unique program open to 16- to 18-year-olds who

want to volunteer with AHS over the course of an entire summer. Participants will help by assisting customers looking to adopt an animal and providing for the daily care needs of animals in the shelter.

“The volunteer commitment is easy and flexible,” said Lynne Bengtson, AHS volunteer services manager. “We just ask for a three-hour shift three times a week, over three months, from mid-June to late August.”

Volunteers will be invited to attend guest speaker presentations to hear about hot topics in the animal welfare community and to explore possible career options. Topics expected to be covered include wildlife, dog training, vet services careers, issues in animal welfare, and using volunteer experience on a resume or college application.

The application for our 2015 program has now closed. Applications for next year's program will begin in March 2016. The cost to participate in the program is $50 and payment will be collected upon final acceptance to the program.