Classes for Young Pet Lovers


 

 

 

AF 105 - Thinking About a Veterinary Career?

For students in grades 6-9.

Animal Friends’ veterinarian and veterinary technician will present an overview of veterinary careers and their work at Animal Friends. We’ll explore schooling options, the how and why of our residents’ initial physical exams and the importance of microchipping. Students will participate in analyzing x-rays and testing blood for heartworms. We’ll also provide a snack and a behind-the-scenes tour of the surgery suite*.

Enrollment is limited to 10 students in grades 6-9 only. This class is offered infrequently, and early registration is encouraged.

*Surgery will not be taking place during the tour.

Prior to the class, students should watch the following four video clips:

After watching these video clips, students should prepare any questions about veterinary careers that they'd like to ask the instructors.

Date:
Thur., April 13

Time:
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Instructors:
Dr. Tegan Fuller and Marsha Koschik

Tuition:
$30 per student

Registration Deadline:
Mon., April 10 | 5 p.m.

Waiting List:
To be placed on the waiting list for this class, please email Donna at DKlingelhofer@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.

To register, click here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read Across America Day Celebration 

We're celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday, and we hope you'll join us for the party! We'll be reading some of our favorite books with therapy animals and shelter pets. A photo board, petting opportunities and refreshments are also included. And Max the Malamute will be here with his cart, giving rides to kids and adults alike!

Date:
Sat., March 4

Time:
2:30-4:30 p.m.

Tuition:
$5 per child/adult 

Click here to register!

 

 

 

AF 125 - Dogs 101 

For kids age 5+ and their grown-ups.

Children and dogs can be best buddies, with a relationship based on mutual respect and communication. Families with dogs or who are considering adopting a dog are encouraged to attend this class. Interact with a kid-friendly dog and learn how to tell when a dog is annoyed, happy, nervous, ready to play or ready to chase. Learn what to do when your dog jumps on you, what games are okay to play with dogs and when your dog needs privacy.

  • This is a people-only class; please leave your four-footed family member at home.
  • All children must be accompanied by a parent, adult relative or guardian. Seating is limited, and reservations are required.
  • This class is for families only (no scout groups, please).
  • Families with children who are afraid of dogs should see AF 122 Canine Courage.
  • Concerns about individual dogs will not be addressed during this class. Families with specific behavior questions about their own family dogs should contact Animal Friends’ free Behavior Help Line: 412.847.7059.

Date:
Sat., Feb.11 - registration closed

Time:
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. And then stay to enjoy the BunRun afterward!

Tuition:
One can or bag of dog food per person.

Instructor:
Dana Schultz and a friendly Therapets therapy dog.






 

"Pets" Badge Day

For Brownie Troops.

Troops of animal-loving Brownies are invited to Animal Friends to complete steps towards earning the “Pets” Badge. (The troop leaders will provide the actual “Pets” Badge. We will provide an Animal Friends’ fun patch.)

Step 1: Pet Bingo*
*We will not be playing the pet bingo game during the event as we do not house six of the pictured animals. Troops should play the bingo game at their meetings. But for more information about how much it costs to care for a dog, cat, and rabbit, please click here.

Step 2: Make a cozy sleeping space for a pet. During the guided tour you will see the cozy places where our dogs, cats, and rabbits sleep. We also request that each troop work together in advance to create at least one fleece blanket for our animals using the directions found here and bring it with them to the event.

Step 3: Find out how to keep different pets looking good. Learn about how often dogs, cats, and rabbits have to be washed or brushed and other special care tips.

Step 4: Make a pet feel loved. What are ways to pet dogs, cats, and rabbits to make them feel loved? Why don’t dogs like hugs? What does it mean when a cat swishes her tail? Why was “Thumper” a good name for the rabbit from Bambi? We’ll learn about how these pets communicate their feelings. Then we’ll play animal charades.

Step 5: Make a pet budget for two pets. We’ll figure out how much it costs to feed a dog and cat for a month.
Note: While page seven of the “Pets” Badge guidelines mentions making tasty pet treats, please note that we are no longer accepting homemade treats for the animals at Animal Friends.

Reservation Guidelines: 

  • This event is not appropriate for Brownies who are allergic to or afraid of dogs, cats, or rabbits.
  • Our staff photographer may be taking photos at the event. Troop leaders should make troop parents aware of Animal Friends' policy* regarding event photos.
    *Please be aware that your entrance to Animal Friends at this event serves as your voluntary agreement to appear onscreen or in print as part of this or any other related media or promotions, in perpetuity.
  • Complete payment must be received to secure a troop reservation. Once a payment has been made, additional scouts may not be added to a troop’s headcount.
  • Refunds will be made for scouts who cannot attend if requests for refunds are made to Donna Klingelhofer by the refund deadline listed above.
  • To inquire about registration/availability for this event, please email Donna at DKlingelhofer@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.

At the Event:

  • Space is limited. No Daisies, Junior Girl Scouts or siblings may attend.
  • Each group should have at least two chaperones but no more than four.
  • Parking is limited. Please carpool.
  • Troops should not enter the building before 2:40 p.m. as dog training classes will be concluding and we would like the dogs to exit before the children enter. Check-in will be held between 2:40 and 2:55. Troops arriving before 2:40 are asked to please wait in their vehicles.

Session One:
Sat., April 1 | 3-5 p.m.
Reservation deadline: Thur., March 23.
Deadline to request refunds: Mon., March 27.

To register, click here!

Session Two:
Sat., May 6 | 3-5 p.m.
Reservation deadline: Thur., April 27.
Deadline to request refunds: Mon., May 1.

To register, click here!

Tuition:
$8 per Brownie and at least one troop-made blanket (see step 2 above) per troop.

 

 

 

 

AF 122 - Canine Courage

For families whose child is afraid of dogs.

To assist families with children who are afraid of dogs, Animal Friends will provide a meeting space and a child-friendly therapy dog accompanied by the dog’s handler. The family will provide a therapist who will co-teach the sessions with Animal Friends’ Education Coordinator. Parents should contact their child’s pediatrician who may be able to recommend a therapist to work with the family. It will be the family’s financial responsibility to pay the therapist for his/her time. Please have the therapist contact Dana Schultz, Education Coordinator, at DSchultz@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org to schedule a reservation for one or more Canine Courage sessions.

Date:
By advance reservation.

Tuition:
A donation of dog food per session.

 

 

 

 

"Animal Helpers" Badge Workshop

For Cadette Troops.

Troops of animal-loving Cadettes are invited to Animal Friends to complete step 3 of the Animal Helpers badge, "know how animals help people emotionally."

Activities:

  • Find out about the studies that were used to create Animal Friends' Therapets pet therapy program.
  • Learn how Therapets animals are trained.
  • Participate in a guided tour of the adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits at Animal Friends.
  • Hear from the volunteers – what they have to know to do therapy work and how their therapy dogs have helped people emotionally.
  • Petting opportunity with a therapy dog.
  • Time for questions and answers with therapy dog handlers.


Reservation Guidelines:

  • This event is not appropriate for Cadettes who are allergic to or afraid of dogs, cats or rabbits.
  • Our staff photographer may be taking photos at the event. Troop leaders should make troop parents aware that the following applies to event guests: Please be aware that your entrance to Animal Friends at this event serves as your voluntary agreement to appear onscreen or in print as part of this or any other related media or promotions, in perpetuity.
  • Complete payment must be received to secure a troop reservation. Once a payment has been made, additional scouts may not be added to a troop’s headcount.
  • Refunds will be made for scouts who cannot attend if requests for refunds are made to Donna Klingelhofer by the refund deadline listed above.
  • To inquire about registration/availability for this event, please email Donna at DKlingelhofer@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.

At the Event:

  • Space is limited. No Daisies, Brownies, Junior Girl Scouts or siblings may attend.
  • Each group should have at least two chaperones but no more than four.
  • Parking is limited. Please carpool.
  • Troops should not enter the building before 2:40 p.m. as dog training classes will be concluding and we would like the dogs to exit before the children enter. Check-in will be held between 2:40 and 2:55. Troops arriving before 2:40 are asked to please wait in their vehicles.
  • Suggested attire: closed-toe shoes and school-appropriate clothing. Cadettes and chaperones may want to wear long pants and/or bring a light jacket due to the cooler temperature of the building.
  • We will not be providing the "Animal Helpers" badge itself. Cadettes who do not already have an Animal Friends "Furry Fun" fun patch can receive one at check-in.
  • Troops are encouraged, but not required, to bring gifts for the animals from our supply drive list.

Date:
Sat., March 11 - Sold Out!

If you would like us to add your troop to our wait list in the event of a cancellation, please email dklingelhofer@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.  Please provide a troop leader name, phone number contact and the number of troop members able to attend the program.

Time:
3-4:30 p.m.

Tuition:
$5 per Cadette

Reservation deadline:
Thur., March 2

Deadline to request refunds:
Mon., March 6



Classes for Young Pet Lovers

Animal Friends

Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center
562 Camp Horne Road | Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: 412.847.7000 | Fax: 412.847.7001
speak@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org
M-F 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | S/S 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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