Classes for Young Pet Lovers


We hope you'll join us on Saturday, Oct. 28 to make a difference in the lives of animals!

Please join us between 3-5 p.m.:

We look forward to seeing you on Oct. 28 and thank you for your support of 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. 




AF 105 - Thinking About a Veterinary Career?

For students who completed grades 6-9 in the spring of 2017.

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 Lyme disease. 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.

Monday, Check back for a future date!

11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Dr. Tegan Fuller and Marsha Koschik

$30 per student

Registration Deadline:



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.

Saturday in August | TBD

2-2:45 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.


Registration deadline:


"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.

Time: 3-5 p.m.

Tuition: $5 per Brownie and at least one troop-made blanked (see Step 2 above) per troop. 

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

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., Oct. 14 | 3-5 p.m.
Reservation deadline: Wed., Oct. 4
Deadline to request refunds: Tue., Oct. 10

Session Two:
Sat., Nov. 4 | 3-5 p.m.
Reservation deadline: Wed., Oct. 25
Deadline to request refunds: Tue., Oct. 31

$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 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:
    • 2:30-3 p.m. - registration closed
    • 3-3:30 p.m. - registration closed
    • 3:30-4 p.m. - registration closed 
    • 4-4:30 p.m. - registration closed 
    • Please note: the children will be touring the adoptable animals' living areas, but the animals will remain in their kennels for the tour.
  • 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. 

Kitten Class for Kids (evening)

For students who completed grades K-5 in the spring of 2017. 

Kids who love cats and kittens are invited to join us for an evening program to learn about the young kittens in Animal Friends' care.

Students will learn:

  • Why this time of year is called "Kitten Season."
  • How we care for kittens who don't have a mother cat.
  • The supplies that we use to care for kittens before they're adopted.
  • How to make kitten toys from recyclable materials.

This class will include small group petting opportunities and is appropriate for kids who:

  • Love cats and kittens.
  • Pet young animals gently.
  • Follow verbal directions.
  • Would love to come to camp but aren't able to attend during the day.

We'll also be taking photos during this class. Please be aware that class participants' entrance to Animal Friends at this event serves as a voluntary agreement to appear on screen or in print as part of this or any other related media or promotions, in perpetuity.

This class is not appropriate for kids who are:

  • Allergic to cats.
  • Fearful of cats.
  • Preschoolers or middle schoolers.

Our 2017 campers are welcome to attend, but please know that the class includes similar activities to "cat day" at camp.

Fri., Aug. 4 - registration closed

6-6:45 p.m.

$10 per student

Registration Deadline:
Thur., Aug. 3 | 5 p.m.

Diane Friske and Dana Schultz



PALS presents ...

Cat Tales at Animal Friends 

Attention students in grades 1-3! Do you like to read? Are you a cat lover? Then you will want to join us for a special PALS story time and read aloud session onsite at Animal Friends. Participating students will enjoy a cat-themed story time session in our Library with a therapy cat. Students will also make a bookmark to use for future reading fun and an enrichment toy to share with a shelter cat (or take home to your own feline friend). You will also have the chance to share a story with our shelter kitties when you read outside of their play crates. Participants will even receive a special keepsake book to start their own library at home. Registration is limited to the first 10 students.

Thur., Aug. 10 - registration closed

Noon-1 p.m.

$12 per student

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 9th – 12 pm

Instructor: Leah Carlson 

AF 131 "Pets and Vets"

for students in grades 2-5

Kids in grades 2-5 who are thinking that they might want to be a veterinarian when they grow up are invited to attend. This class is not appropriate for students who are fearful of or allergic to dogs, cats or rabbits. The lesson will include basic anatomy and an overview of the pet exam. It will also include how to safely greet a dog, giving students the opportunity to practice with a Therapets dog and their handler.

Enrollment is limited to eight students.

Date: Mon., Oct. 9

Time: 11:30 a.m.-12: 30 p.m.

Tuition: $15 per student

Animal Friends

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

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