The Briggs Animal Adoption Center (BAAC), and its founding organization, The National Humane Education Society (NHES) offer free BAAC educational tours and programs for children and adult groups throughout the year.
Our goal is to impart a message of kindness and respect for all animals through hands-on activities, live animal interaction, and more.
NOTICE (1/10/2023): No masks are required at this time.
To ensure that everyone, including animals, stays safe and has a pleasant visit, we ask all children/youth to abide by a standard of conduct which includes: following all staff directions, demonstrating respectful and safe interactions with animals, and respecting NHES’ property. If children/youth disregard instructions from staff during the tour, they will be asked to wait in the BAAC lobby with their parent/guardian/group leader until the tour ends.
We encourage BAAC Tour requests to be submitted at least two weeks in advance. Due to kennel and cattery cleaning and feeding schedules, tours take place between 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Tours last around 60 minutes and include:
Education topics include BAAC’s operations and standards of care, basic care requirements of dogs and cats, how to safely interact with companion animals, kindness and responsibility towards animals. Tour topics are flexible and can be accommodated to cover other areas of interest. We are happy to help with special goals such as attainment of scout pet badges.
BAAC educational tours are available to children and adult groups. Tours are best suited for children in the 2nd grade and up.
We also offer tours for senior centers, community clubs, and other adult organizations who have an interest in animal welfare.
Due to space and animal welfare considerations, the maximum tour size is 20 participants, including adult chaperones. If you believe your group size will exceed 20, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule multiple visits. Thank you!
Tours start at our Humane Education Center in the upper parking lot near the life-size rhino statue.
No, educational tours are free. However, we appreciate donations to help us continue our life-saving work. Please click here for the BAAC’s Wish List. Thank you!
Thank you for your interest! Individuals must be 18 years of age or older to volunteer at the BAAC. Please click here for more information. For individuals 17 years of age and under, we can suggest fun activities that can be completed in the local community to help benefit our animals – just ask!