Thank you so much for your interest in having your group tour the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter! We have welcomed many scout troops, after school clubs, retirement community groups, and more and we look forward to your visit as well.

We offer a limited number of tours each month, and are usually scheduled out about 1-3 months in advance. The tour will consist of a staff member leading the group though our adoption areas and explaining how we get our animals and more about the programs that we have both in and out of the shelter. There will also be a question and answer portion if time allows.

We do provide these tours as a free service to the community, but many groups ask what they can contribute to the animals. In addition to cash donations, which are always appreciated, here are some things that we are in need of and use here at the shelter:

  • Ping pong balls to be used as kitten toys
  • Cat toys that do not contain catnip and have a non-porous surface that can be sanitized
  • Lean Treats brand treats for dogs or cats
  • Zuke's Mini Naturals brand dog treats, Roasted Chicken Flavor, please
  • Towels for bedding (used, but in serviceable condition are perfectly fine)
  • Items from our Amazon wish list

We offer tours to groups of no more than approximately 12 people at a time. Our shelter space is not large enough to accommodate more people and larger groups can be distressing to the animals. With everything that we do for the animals here in our small shelter, and with our limited staff, we may not be able to accommodate groups of all sizes or special requests. Thank you for your understanding.

Each person on the tour must sign (or have signed by a parent if under 18) a waiver. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by at least one adult chaperone for every four children.

To schedule a tour, please contact us to let us know your preferred day of the week and timeframe, as well as the month that you'd like to tour. If we can't accommodate your first choice, we will offer alternatives.


In addition to in-shelter tours, we offer a variety of additional education opportunities to our community such as:

Animal Tales Newsletter

Resources section of our website

Brochures and other materials

Informational booths at local events

Speaking engagements