BAAC Educational Facility Tours - Briggs Animal Adoption Center

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 (3/10/2021): Currently, in-person tours are suspended, but virtual tours are available Tuesdays-Fridays between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Click here to request a virtual educational tour!

If you are interested in visiting the BAAC as a potential adopter please call 304-724-6558.


How far in advance should I make a request?

We encourage BAAC Tour requests to be submitted at least two weeks in advance. Tours typically must be scheduled during the BAAC’s open hours of operations.

How long is the tour and what does it include?

Tours last about 45-60 minutes and include:

  • a brief history of BAAC
  • a short visit with the cats in the state-of-the-art cattery
  • a walk through of the dog kennel
  • a Kong-stuffing activity
  • a visit from one of BAAC’s friendly shelter dogs, when available.

What education topics are covered during the tour?

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.

What age-levels are the tours offered to?

BAAC educational tours are available to children and adult groups. Youth tours are best suited for children in the 3rd grade and up. However, when requested, we can usually accommodate visits with younger children.

We also offer tours for senior centers, community clubs, and other adult organizations who have an interest in animal welfare.

What size audience can the tour accommodate?

Due to space and animal welfare considerations, the maximum tour size is 30 children and adults that will be split into two groups. If you believe your group size will exceed 30 total individuals, you will need to schedule multiple visits.

We would like to donate animal items – what does the BAAC need?

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!

We would like to volunteer while visiting the center – what opportunities are available?

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!