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Humane Heroes Program



If you have kids under 14 who want to be involved with AHS, we have the program for you! Our Humane Hero Program is designed to allow kids who are too young to volunteer at AHS on their own, to still be involved with the animals! By becoming a Humane Hero, kids get to have fun and make a big impact in the lives of homeless pets!


Summer Kids Series

Join AHS each summer for Summer Kids Series! This free family favorite allows kids to get hands on with animals and have tons of fun while learning all about what it takes to care for a pet of their own. Recommended for children 12 and younger. Please visit the program’s web page here for full details, and save the date for our next Summer Kids Series, which will begin in June 2021.

Virtual Birthday Parties

Where better to host your child’s birthday than virtually with the Austin Humane Society? You can celebrate at home with one of our 90 minute cat or dog-themed birthday parties where you’ll be treated to a live tour of the shelter and meet our adoptable pets. But that’s not all: the cost of your party includes sponsoring a shelter pet! Your child will get to meet their “Birthday Buddy” animal as well as receive a certificate of sponsorship and a personalized birthday greeting from their sponsored pet. Age-specific packages are available and include a craft or activity of your choice. Birthday parties require a minimum $250 donation. Click here for more information.

Pet Pals

Some animals at our shelter need a little more attention and time in order to find their forever homes. Pet Pals go above and beyond to help make that happen! Pals can sponsor an animal’s full care at our shelter for $250, or medical care only for $100. In return, they can stop by the shelter for a tour and a little play time with their pet pal who will tell them all about their story and teach their new friends all about caring for animals! Click here to get started.

Girl & Boy Scout Troops

Girl and Boy Scouts are welcome to join the Austin Humane Society for tours and service projects. Girl Scouts are also invited to work on their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards with us. Troops of all ages can experience a day in the life at AHS, discover what it takes to run a shelter and care for animals, and complete requirements for scout projects.

Foster Friends Program

Foster Friends are 6th – 12th graders who volunteer–with their guardian’s permission–to provide temporary housing and care for animals who aren’t ready to be adopted. We need loving homes like yours to continue helping animals in need of a little extra time and care. To sign up to be a Foster Friend, have your parent or guardian fill out the form below with your information and we’ll be in touch!

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Group Tours (currently virtual)

Do you have a group of young animal-lovers that want to learn more about animals? Groups are invited to join AHS for a peek into what it takes to run our shelter and care for thousands of animals each year. Throughout the shelter tour, groups will get a behind-the-scenes look at AHS as well as meet some furry friends along the way. Whether you are a Girl/Boy Scout Troop, afterschool club or camp, this is the perfect option for you!

Service Opportunities

Does your young animal-lover have a passion for making a difference? Children of all ages can help provide life-saving care to thousands of animals each year through personalized service projects. Children and groups can host donation drives or fundraisers, make enrichment toys for our animals, and help us spread the word about the Austin Humane Society. This is the perfect opportunity for children, teens, service clubs and scouts logging hours for volunteer projects and service!

Rescue Reading (currently on hold)

Did you know that reading to rescue cats can help kitties get adopted? Small groups or individuals in 1st-8th grades are invited to AHS to read to cats in our colony rooms. Rescue Readers build social skills that help our cats find forever homes, plus readers learn about cat behavior and pet care in the process! It’s a win-win!

Outreach (currently on hold)

Can’t bring your group to AHS? We can bring our Humane Hero Program to you! We offer Humane Hero educational talks, where a member of our staff will come to your location to talk to kids about shelter animals, pet ownership and more. The kids always have fun, and so do the pets that come along for the ride!

Hero Highlights

In addition to all of our Humane Hero activities, we encourage families to sign up for our Hero Highlights e-newsletter. Each edition of Hero Highlights will spotlight different facts about animals, share stories from the shelter and come with a surprise activity. Sign up for our new bi-monthly e-newsletter here or download our printable version here.

Ready to become a Humane Hero? Send scheduling requests and inquiries to us at

Do you have an idea for a humane education opportunity that isn’t listed? Send us an email!