Children's Workshops

Workshops are drop-off format, last one hour in duration, and are open to kids age 6-12.  Children may bring an optional shelter donation.  Dogs do NOT attend children's workshops.


Cookin' Fur Canines

Dog Treat Workshop

If your child has an interest in cooking and a soft spot for animals, they’ll love the Cookin’ Fur Canines dog treat workshop!  They'll discover the basic components of canine nutrition, compare the quality of dog food ingredients, and determine correct portions for dogs of different weights.  Kids help companion animals in need by making frozen pupsicle goodies for adoptable shelter dogs at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.


Dancing Doggies

Creative Movement Workshop

The Dancing Doggies workshop teaches kids physical skills such as balance, coordination, and spatial awareness, and fosters determination, self-assurance, and collaboration.  Knowledge of canine body language is crucial to prevent unsafe situations between children and dogs.  As children explore canine signals through hands-on creative movement activities, they simultaneously develop empathy and emotional intelligence.


Meet an Animal Doctor

Veterinary Clinic Workshop

Children are fascinated by the connections between their own lives and the lives of their animal friends.  The Meet an Animal Doctor workshop is the perfect chance for kids to explore the similarities between the pediatrician’s office and the vet clinic.  Kids take a tour of the participating clinic and engage in dramatic play with hands-on veterinary supplies to learn about the topics of spay and neuter, preventive medication, and grooming.