I have volunteered with the Animal Humane Society of Golden Valley for several years, both on the adoption floors and in the surgery room. I can assure you that it is NOT a kill shelter. Animals stay with AHS until they are adopted. The staff at the Humane Society are very caring and will go to the ends of the earth to make sure that each and every animal finds a happy "forever home". They also have several programs that help shy pets grow more accustomed to humans: Project Pit Bull and Courageous Kitties. I can certainly debunk Pamela's assertion that the Golden Valley Humane Society is a kill shelter, because it is not. They take every single animal into their care that is brought to them and will NEVER kill an animal because they don't have enough room for it. That is simply absurd.
I am volunteer who rescues dogs from the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. I began partnering with the Animal Humane Society in May of this year and it has become a beautiful partnership.
Every person I have worked with has been professional, kind and most of all, every one of them has an undying passion for saving every animal they can and for those they cannot, making their last days on this earth as good as they can be.
I would not be able to do what I do without them.
I have attached a link to a blog I wrote about my partnership with AHS.
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I volunteer now, but have been a customer in the past. I got my cat there about 8 years ago, and my husband says there has never been, or will ever be, 2 beings that love each other more. Now I'm giving back my time and getting to know canines, so that I can soon make an informed decision on my first dog companion!
AHS is no perfect, because animal welfare is not either. Of course I wish there was no euthaniasia, but I know AHS does as well. It's a necessary evil, and their funding supports education and programs aimed at reducing population and 100% placement rates.
They're a wonderful organization filled with caring, selfless people and adoring animals! They even take in wildlife.
Review from CharityNavigator
I have been a volunteer for the Animal Humane Society for many years. I have seen all aspects of the organization and all the great things they do, as well as many of the difficult decisions they've had to make. They help so many animals that need homes, including many wildlife that have been displaced for some reason. They provide a great service to the entire state by taking in animals that people can no longer care for, are found wandering the streets - lost, no longer wanted, and a myriad other reasons animals need a home. AHS is such a necessary organization for our state, I can't imagine it not being here. I am very proud to volunteer for them, and am amazed at all that they do for the animal and human communities of Minnesota.