Humane Agent Training
2016 Update: The MFHS now has 101 State Humane Agents working in the field, in all 87 Minnesota counties, investigating complaints of animal abuse, cruelty and neglect. The Board of the Federation has decided not to have a training in 2016 for potential state humane agents. It is possible we would have a training in the Fall of 2017. If you wish to be included on a list of those who might wish to attend, please send by U.S. Mail a note to our office with you name, address, telephone number and an email address. We will keep that on file for notification for the next training.
Humane Agent Training
Approximately every 12-18 months, the Minnesota Federated Humane Societies conducts a training session for those who wish to become new State Humane Agents in Minnesota. The most recent training was held November 23, 2013, in Bloomington, Mn. Over 120 people attended. These trainings are also very helpful for peace officers; all past MFHS trainings have been certified by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and training, for POST Board credit continuing education credit.
The next training will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015, at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota. Continental breakfast will be served from 8:30am to 9:00 and the training from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The cost is $30.00. The training has been certified for 6 hours of POST board continuing education credits for Minnesota peace officers. One does not have to apply to be a state humane agent to attend; all those interested in stopping animal abuse, cruelty and neglect are welcome. To register call Kate at the Federation office and have your credit or debit card information ready.
Generally, these trainings take place in a location near the Twin Cities. However, it is also possible to hold such a training session in greater Minnesota, which has been done in the past. If one has a group of 10 of more, please contact the Federation about arranging a training session in your area. If you wish to attend our next training session, please contact our office by mail or phone with your name, address, telephone number, and email address and you will be contacted about 4-6 weeks in advance of the next training day.
Becoming a state humane agent is a multi-step process. One must apply and meet certain criteria; attend the training day; take and pass the written examination; pass a criminal background check, agree to the terms of the state humane agent’s manual, and receive appointment by the MFHS board of directors.
State Humane Agents are volunteers to the MFHS. They are paid expenses such as mileage, long distance telephone, photo expenses, etc. Our agents are supplied with identification cards, jackets, and other identification items. Our agents are generally assigned investigations within 50 miles of their residence. Our agents work very closely with law enforcement officers and officials at all levels to protect personal safety and to enhance effectiveness.
We invite anyone with an affinity for animals, large or small, to apply to become a State Humane Agent. We especially need agents in greater Minnesota.