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Youth Clubs

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About Our Youth Clubs

Calgary Humane Society Youth Clubs provide kids from age 7 – 16 a place to get involved in animal welfare after school. There are different clubs offering age-appropriate activities for each group. Each club runs for 10 weeks and is offered in September and again in January. Our Youth Involvement Opportunities are a fun way to interact with the animals and learn leadership, compassion, and respect.

Animal Ambassadors
(Ages 7 – 12)

Animal Ambassadors Club provides youth with the opportunity to engage with our shelter in a brand-new way! Junior Ambassadors (age 7-9) will work on a showcase project that demonstrates advocacy and compassion for people, animals, and the environment within and outside our shelter. Senior Ambassadors (age 10-12) will dive into the world of philanthropy and design an engaging fundraiser to help support the animals they interact with when they step through our doors. Junior and Senior Ambassadors will then work together on large group activities, such as shelter support tasks, team building games, reading buddies, or enrichment toy building to encourage relationship building, social-emotional skill practice, and mentorship opportunities.

 

Our Animal Ambassadors will:

  1. Come to a new understanding of their sense of social responsibility to animals, people, and the environment
  2. Practice proper animal care, body language, and enrichment
  3. Actively participate in support tasks around Calgary Humane Society to make a difference in the lives of the animals in our care
  4. Become Calgary Humane Society Champions by practicing philanthropy and acknowledging the importance of fundraising in non-profit work
  5. Build upon their social-emotional literacy skills through engaging activities and lessons
  6. Engage in connected learning opportunities with a Ambassador Buddy to act as a mentor

Junior Animal Ambassadors (Age 7 – 9) 5:00pm Mondays Starting January 23  – Register Here! 

Senior Animal Ambassadors (Age 10 – 12) 5:00pm Mondays Starting January 23 – Register Here! 

Animal Apprentices
(Ages 7 – 9)

The goal of the Animal Apprentices Club is to learn as much as possible about all animals. The more we know about animals and their needs, the better we are able to be their friends.

Our Animal Apprentices will:

  • Learn about the humane treatment of all animals
  • Learn about the needs of all domestic animals in the shelter
  • Learn about wild animals and their habitats
  • Be able to identify body language signs for dogs, cats, bunnies, and more
  • Understand how to respond to different body languages of animals
  • Learn ways to be a pet’s best friend and how to properly play with pets
  • Learn about animal habitats and pet care
  • Create fun and engaging animal crafts
  • Experience special animal visits to help develop skills and knowledge about the animals at Calgary Humane Society

Animal Apprentices (Age 7 – 9) 5:00pm Thursdays Starting January 26 – Register Here!

Animal Allies
(Ages 10 – 12)

Animal Allies Club provides youth with the opportunity to begin building leadership skills and continue learning about all of the animals that share their world with us.

Our Animal Allies will:

  • Build upon their sense of social responsibility to animals, people, and the environment
  • Begin a deeper understanding of their proper animal care, body language and enrichment
  • Understand what laws exist to protect animals and how these laws are enforced
  • Recognize the importance of native flora and fauna in the environment and how these species are important to a stable ecosystem
  • Actively participate in support tasks around Calgary Humane Society to make a difference in the lives of the animals in our care
  • Become Calgary Humane Society Champions by developing their understanding of philanthropy and the importance of fundraising in non-profit work

Animal Allies (Age 10 – 12) 5:00pm Wednesdays Starting January 25 – Register Here!

Animal Advocates (Ages 13 – 16) 

Animal Advocates Club provides youth with the positive experience of active involvement in our shelter through interaction with animals, structured volunteer shadowing opportunities, and inspiring guest speakers.

Our Animal Advocates will:

  • Build upon their sense of social responsibility to animals, people, and the environment
  • Refresh their knowledge of proper animal care, body language, and enrichment
  • Understand available volunteer opportunities in animal welfare
  • Actively participate in support tasks around Calgary Humane Society to make a difference in the lives of the animals in our care
  • Be exposed to different career opportunities that involve working with or around animals
  • Become Calgary Humane Society Champions by developing their understanding of philanthropy and the importance of fundraising in non-profit work

Animal Advocates (Age 13 – 16) 5:00pm Tuesdays Starting January 24 – Register Here!

Over 14 years old?

That means you’re old enough to be a volunteer! Check out our volunteer page to see current openings. Some volunteer positions, like Bunny Hugger, are open to anyone age 14 and above. If you don’t see anything that’s a good fit for you, check back soon—volunteer openings are updated frequently.

For more information, please contact us by phone at (403) 205-4455 ext. 6544 or by email at education@calgaryhumane.ca.