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.
Thur., April 13 - Sold Out!
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dr. Tegan Fuller and Marsha Koschik
$30 per student
Mon., April 10 | 5 p.m.
To be placed on the waiting list for this class, please email Donna at DKlingelhofer@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.
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.
Sat., April 8 - registration closed
3:00 - 3:45 p.m. You may want to visit the BunRun from 2:30-3 p.m. to get some hands-on time with our bunnies!
One can or bag of dog food per person.
Dana Schultz, Chris McKenna and Inca, a friendly Therapets therapy dog.
Fri., April 7 | 5 p.m.
"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.
- 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.
Sat., April 1 | 3-5 p.m.
Reservation deadline: Thur., March 23 - registration closed
Deadline to request refunds: Mon., March 27.
Sat., May 6 | 3-5 p.m.
Reservation deadline: Thur., April 27.
Deadline to request refunds: Mon., May 1.
To register, click here!
$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.
By advance reservation.
A donation of dog food per session.
Be Kind to Animals Week celebration at Animal Friends
We hope you'll join us as we celebrate national Be Kind to Animals Week on Sat., May 13, 2017.
Please join us between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.:
- We are collecting gifts for the animals in our lobby! Please bring an item from our supply drive list. We especially hope you will bring cat food, which is our greatest need at this time.
- We'll have a therapy dog in the lobby to greet you with a wagging tail and to pose for a photo with you and your donations.
- We are offering free guided tours by advance registration for families and groups of up to 30. Click below to register for a tour on Sat., May 13:
- And, our adoptable bunnies will be available for petting at our BunRun from 2:30-4 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you on May 13 and thank you for your kindness toward the animals!
Please be aware that your entrance to Animal Friends at this event serves as your voluntary agreement to appear on screen or in print as a part of this or any other related media or promotions in perpetuity.