Kitten Class for Kids

For students ages 8-12.

Students will learn:

  • Why this time of year is called “kitten season” and what that is
  • How Animal Friends handles the influx of kittens at this time
  • The problem of cat overpopulation and how it can be prevented
  • How you can help stop cat overpopulation
  • How to make cat toys from recyclable materials

This class will include an opportunity to pet some kittens!

This class is appropriate for kids who:

  • Love cats and kittens
  • Want to learn more about cat overpopulation and “kitten season”
  • Enjoy using their hands to make toys for the cats

This class is not appropriate for kids who are:

  • Allergic or fearful of cats
  • Young elementary school-aged children or preschoolers
  • Teenagers

Date: Friday, Aug. 9 – Registration closed
Time: 6-6:45 p.m.
Registration Deadline: Thursday, Aug. 8, 5 p.m.
Tuition: bag of cat or dog food per student

This class is co-hosted by Hannah S., a high school Girl Scout who is working toward earning her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

*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.

“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.

Tuition: $8 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.
  • If you have questions about 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.

Day #1

Date:  Saturday, May 4, 2019 – Sold Out!
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Reservation deadline: Wednesday, April 24 by 5 p.m.
Deadline to request refunds: Tuesday, April 30 by 5 p.m.

Day #2

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 – Registration closed
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Reservation deadline: Wednesday, May 8 by 5:00 pm
Deadline to request refunds: Tuesday, May 14 by 5:00 pm

AF 130 “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.
  • Guided tour of the adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits.
  • 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.
  • Question and answer time with therapy dog handlers.

Date: Saturday, April 6 – Registration Closed

Time: 10:30 a.m. – noon

Tuition: $5 per Cadette

Refund deadline: Tuesday, April 2 by 5 p.m.

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 this 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 on screen 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 head count.
  • Refunds will be made for scouts who cannot attend if requests for refunds are made to Donna Klingelhofer by the refund deadline listed above.
  • If you have questions about this event, please contact 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 may not enter the building before we open at 10:00. Check-in will be held between 10:00 – 10:25.
  • We will not be providing the “Animal Helpers” badge itself. Cadettes who do not already have an Animal Friends “Furry Fun” patch can receive one at check in.
  • 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 coolness of the building.

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 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.

Date: No sessions are scheduled at this time. Please check back for a possible summer 2019 offering.

Tuition: $30 per student

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.
  • Families with specific behavior questions about their own family dogs should contact Animal Friends’ free Behavior Help Line: 412.847.7059.

Date: Check back for future dates!

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.

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: Please check back for future dates!

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

Tuition: $15 per student