Animal Care

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Meramec | Off-Site

We have pet training and cutting-edge animal care information that will promote the healthy and enjoyable lifelong relationship both pet and owner will enjoy for years. Explore care for puppies, dog training, understanding cats and the Animal Welfare Assistant program.

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Call 314-984-7777 to register for spring classes by phone, or click the button above to register and pay online.

Get the Squawk on Living with Parrots

This course will help you learn about and outline many different types of birds and the house holds that they are best suited for. We will learn about quiet apartment dwelling birds and those that are suited for active and fast paced family life. Housing, medical care, diet, and environmental enrichment are all integral parts of your commitment to this pet, who may out-live you. Therefore, discussion will include how to find and properly choose a bird; its cage; its vet and boarding or housing facilities; food and toys appropriate to its species; getting a bird from a rescue or a breeder and how to find a reputable breeder; and what to do with your bird should something happen to you. Discussion of tricks and training, talking, parrots and kids, and parrots and other pets will all be thrown in for good measure, and much, much more - come get into the fun of learning to Walk the Talk and Squack the Squawk! There will be two bird Teaching Assistants present, but please leave your own two-legged ambassadors at home.
• NOTE: Course description has been updated.
ANIM:715 | 1 session | $14 Age 60+ | $19 Regular
P01 | W 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Dorene Olson | March 13 | MC-SO, 205
• NOTE: Classroom has changed.

Cats: Understanding Them Better

Does your cat have you curious and wondering? Join us for an informative evening designed just for cat owners. Our feline behavior consultant will discuss the development, health and behavior of domestic cats with emphasis on why cats behave as they do, how you might train a cat, and the health care of your pet. If you have specific cat-troubles, whether it involves furniture scratching, conflicts in multi-pet households, feeding concerns or litter box problems, bring your questions. You'll understand your pet much better after this helpful session.
ANIM:710 | 1 session | $20 Age 60+ | $29 Regular
P01 | W 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Dorene Olson | March 27 | Kirkwood Sr. HS, W 109

Strut Your Mutt: Activities and Sports for Any Dog

Whether you have a blue blooded purebred or the best Heinz 57, this class is for you! This class covers topics from competition courses for titles to fun games and activities that you can do with your dog, young or old. We will discuss field activities such as lure coursing and barn hunts, champion opportunities from tricks to conformation show dogs, athletic opportunities like agility tracking/nose work and flyball, and even something for the couch potatoes and lap dogs. This course will also cover service dogs such as seeing eye dogs and assistance dogs, and how you can bring aid and comfort to others by training your pet to become a therapy dog or learner helper for those with various disabilities. We will also discuss search and rescue dogs, the Canine Good Citizen certificate, and temperament yest program. You will learn how to find activities near you, what qualifications your dogs may need and how to manage multiple venues with the same dog. Do not bring your dog to class.
ANIM:765 | 1 session | $14 Age 60+ | $19 Regular
P01 | Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Dorene Olson | April 11 | MC-SO, 108

Pet First Aid

If you own a pet, it's important to know how to approach an injured animal and how to give basic first aid. Protect yourself and your pet from further harm, injury or suffering during emergencies by learning prompt, effective actions that will safeguard the life of your injured pet until you can get him/her to professional veterinary care. Do not bring your pet to class.
ANIM:702 | 1 session | $24 Age 60+ | $29 Regular
P01 | Sa 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Dorene Olson | April 27 | MC-SO, 206

Animal Welfare Assistant Program

The following courses are designed for initial training and preparation for work in a range of public and private animal welfare agencies and organizations. Classes may be taken individually or as part of the Animal Welfare Assistant Program. To learn more, call 314-984-7777.

Career and Volunteer Opportunities in Animal Welfare Agencies

Animals are wonderful. If you agree, you may have thought about working with them (or for their welfare). If you've considered the possibility of a career or volunteer position in the wide world of animal welfare but aren't sure where you fit into the picture, this class can help you sort through the possibilities. You'll learn about the personal rewards and benefits of working directly with animals as well as things you can do indirectly (and locally) for their benefit. Course meets requirements of Animal Welfare Assistant Program.
ANIM:741 | 1 session | $26 Age 60+ | $29 Regular
P01 | Tu 6-8:30 p.m. | April 16 | MC-LH, 104
• NOTE: Due to inclement weather, class rescheduled for April 16.

The People Ingredient: Working in an Animal Welfare Organization

If you're thinking about working or volunteering in an animal welfare agency, you'll need a variety of important "people" skills. There are so many possibilities: you may be matching pets with new families, working with people surrendering their pets, educating adults and kids in the community or interacting with other agency staff. In this class, you'll gain an overview of many of the skills you'll need to perform a variety of tasks within animal welfare organizations. There are many joys and rewards to working in animal welfare, but some sadness, too, so we'll share with you our ways of coping with the inevitable heart-breaking side of the business. Course meets requirements of Animal Welfare Assistant Program.
ANIM:741 | 1 session | $26 Age 60+ | $29 Regular
P02 | Tu 6-8:30 p.m. | March 12 | MC-LH, 104

Animal Care Basics for Animal Welfare Workers

In this class, it's all about the animals! We'll cover basic health considerations, including prevention measures and spay/neuter issues. Acquiring some knowledge of animal behavior is a vital key to safe handling for yourself and the animals you work with. You'll learn about caring for and feeding a variety of animals, behavioral screening techniques and enrichment ideas to enhance quality of life for confined animals. You'll hear from several shelters who'll explain their basic animal care-taking operations. If you're interested in working directly with animals, this class is a must! Course meets requirements of Animal Welfare Assistant Program.
ANIM:741 | 1 session | $26 Age 60+ | $29 Regular
P03 | Tu 6-8:30 p.m. | April 23 | MC-LH, 104

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