Family Learning

We welcome families to explore together all that Animal Friends has to offer. Visit our Humane Education & Engagement Center, attend a class or drop in for a BunRun, all while learning about the complex and fascinating lives of the animals around us.

Humane Education & Engagement Center

All are welcome to come in and explore Animal Friends’ Humane Education & Engagement Center, which is designed to spark our younger guests’ interest in the fascinating lives of dogs, cats and rabbits as well as the multi-species world of which they are a part!   

Children and accompanying caregivers are invited to explore this interactive space and engage in a variety of animal-themed learning activities together at their own pace. 

What can guests expect during a visit to the Humane Education & Engagement Center? 

As the themes and activities change, visitors may encounter new things to do each time. Starting with the Discovery Tree, visitors might learn about dog parasites by manipulating plush models of fleas and ticks or the stages of kitten growth with a guessing game.  Through dramatic play, little ones can take on the role of veterinarian, examining and caring for stuffed animals, while older youth can learn how to time animal heart and respiration rates. At other times, learners could reflect on what dogs, cats or rabbits need to thrive while designing and decorating a paper model home that meets these needs.  Or, visitors may create toys for shelter residents and connect with the idea of giving back.   

Guests are encouraged to respond to their experience by contributing drawings, comments and wishes on our participation wall. And, as Animal Friends is committed to growing the next generation of animal advocates, we hope visitors will extend their learning to their homes, classrooms and communities. 

Visitors to Animal Friends can access the Humane Education & Engagement Center, with its rotating themes and drop-in style activities, during Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center’s public hours.   

Visit the Humane Education & Engagement Center

Tuesday-Friday | 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Humane Education Programs

Littlest Animal Friends 

Gift certificates are available for the holiday season! Please see below for details.

Activities are designed for pre-school aged children (ages 3-5) with an adult caregiver 

Please Note:

  • Each child should be accompanied by their own adult caregiver who offers support and guidance during all activities, including animal encounters.
  • The scavenger-hunt activity may not appropriate for children with allergies to or strong fear of dogs, cats, or rabbits.
  • Caregivers are permitted to bring infants in carriers who are part of the same family.
  • Registration is required to attend (unless you have a gift certificate).

Dates: Thursdays,

October 12 (cat friends theme) – registration closed

November 9 (rabbit friends theme) – cancelled

December 14 (dog friends theme)   Register

January 11   Register

February 8   Register

March 14   Register

April 11   Register

May 9   Register

Registration deadline:  5:00 pm the day prior to class.

Time: 11:00-11:30 am

Tuition fee:  $10 per child/adult pair

Gift Certificates: includes all dates between January 11 and May 9, 2024 – attend one, attend all!  No registration necessary, just come on over! This gift certificate admits one child/adult pair to Littlest Animal Friends’ sessions during the above dates.

Click here to purchase your $25 gift certificate ($50 value) today!

Here Comes Santa Paws: Art Fur Animals 

For All Ages: Create toys that are both pet-safe and creative for dogs, cats, and even rabbits in this seasonal workshop! While doing so, learn about the importance of enrichment activities for our animal companions at home. The toys you create can be taken home for the pets in your life, or donated to the shelter residents of Animal Friends! Teaching Artist: Lindsay Woge

Date: Saturday, December 9   Register

Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Location: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Arts Education Center, 807 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Tuition: $25 per family (up to 6)

To learn more about arts-education opportunities at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, visit:

Other Education Opportunities

Come to our BunRuns!

These are held nearly every Saturday from 2:30-4 p.m. and are a great opportunity to meet the rabbits we have available for adoption. Because the bunnies are free to roam, their personalities really shine! And, our knowledgeable staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Baby-Ready Pets!

The excitement of preparing for the arrival of a baby should not be dampened by concerns about your pets’ reactions. With some planning, preparation and training, introducing your newest family member to your pet can be very successful and rewarding. This Baby-Ready Pets class will assist you in making the preparations for these introductions.