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We’re beyond paw-roud to offer this article in partnership with Animal Humane Society. Not only do they have an outstanding adoption program, but we’ve been blown away as we’ve learned about the loads of additional services they offer in this community.
Did you know that the leading animal welfare organization in the whole Upper Midwest is right in our backyard? With four adoption centers and countless innovative ways to serve this community of animals and the people who love them, Animal Humane Society (AHS) is doing a heckuva job in their mission to create a more humane world.
Case in point: In the fiscal year 2017, more than 24,000 companion animals came into AHS facilities. A whopping 23,565 of those animals – more than 96.6% (a new AHS record!) – were adopted into homes, reunited with owners, or released to other organizations.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the average length of an adult animal’s stay at AHS is just 10 days — with kittens and puppies getting sprung even sooner. (While we all wish animals never had to spend a night away from home, a 10-day average is superb for a shelter of this type!)
Numbers like that are achieved through collaboration, and AHS is quick to heap praise upon their numerous (that’s an understatement — they’ve got more than 200!) local rescue partners like Honey Do Animal Rescue, Pet Haven, Rescued Pets Are Wonderful, and Ruff Start Rescue. AHS leans on its partners when an animal it’s caring for isn’t thriving in the shelter environment and would enjoy medical or behavioral benefits from being cared for in a foster home instead.
The paw-raise goes both ways — as Kate Mudge, Pet Haven’s Executive Director puts it, “We rely on a strong partnership with AHS to make our community a better, safer place for animals. AHS has provided Pet Haven with training assistance and low-cost vet care for our foster animals. As coalition partners in MnPaw, we collaborate to transfer animals between shelter and foster homes, providing the best match for an animal to find its adoptive home.”
Ruff Start’s Executive Director, Azure Davis, adds: “We value our partnership with AHS because we share the same idea that with collaboration we can better serve the community and its animals. AHS programs and services are vital to Minnesota. At the same time, AHS recognizes that a shelter environment is not ideal for many animals. We appreciate that AHS reaches out to foster-based rescues to help animals that are not flourishing in the shelter and offers them a second chance in a home environment.”
Amazingly, at AHS, adoption is just the tip of the iceberg. In 2017, their hard-working team also:
- Provided spay/neuter surgeries to over 25,000 animals.
- Dished up a FREE Pet Helpline (952-HELP- PET) that handled 72,149 incoming calls, providing caring, compassionate advice and resources to help with everything from solving behavior problems to finding pet-friendly housing.
- Provided peace-of-mind pet boarding at Animal House in Golden Valley, which served 3200 pets.
- Offered compassionate end-of- life services, including owner-requested euthanasia for and a weekly pet loss support group.
- Applied its behavior modification and rehabilitation programs to ready 1600 dogs and cats for adoption.
- Fostered humane values and compassion for animals via day camps, a youth club, and other activities for kids and families. These educational programs served 12,489 people in 2017.
- Conducted more than 70 family-friendly pet training classes each week, serving 1500 pets.
Can we get a “pup yeah”?
AHS is looking ahead to 2018 with continued commitment to helping every animal that comes through their doors on an individual basis. “And we extend that same commitment to people in our community, and are continually looking for ways we can support families and the dogs, cats, and critters they love and care for,” says President and CEO Janelle Dixon.
“We are always striving to be the most valuable animal resource in the Twin Cities and beyond, because we know that people and pets are better together.”
This article was brought to you by the dog lovers at Animal Humane Society. Through low-cost spay and neuter services, free wellness exams, training, expert advice, and more, AHS is committed to helping pets and their families thrive together.