ANIMAL HUMANE SOCIETY

Rating: 4.36 stars   22 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 845 Meadow Ln N Minneapolis MN 55422 USA

Mission: To engage the hearts, hands and minds of the community to help animals.
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

http://leechlakelegacy.blogspot.com/2011/07/ahs-mnpaw-and-leech-lake-beautiful.html

Jenny Fitzer

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I work with them on a weekly and sometimes daily basis regarding the dogs I bring down from the Reservation. Placement, fostering, rehoming, etc.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more resources so they are able to help more animals.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've attended classes, volunteered and adopted family pets from the Animal Humane Society since I was a kid (30+ years). It is a wonderful, compassionate organization that truly cares about animal welfare.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the past 30 years. They provide care for an unbelievably large number of animals each year.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more money so they could even better serve our community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

They recently completed a volunteer survey and have been making a number of changes to improve the volunteer experience. I have nothing on my "wish list."

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

We've fostered close to 100 animals and it has been incredibly fun and rewarding to know all of these animals have found permanent homes. In addition, I have been able to learn more about animal welfare legislation in Minnesota and the difficult process of trying to "change the system."

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping people adopt and adopting myself.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

enable them to go no-kill.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

More volunteers, and therefor more interaction with the animals.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Rewarded, fullfilled and bursting with love.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

They assist thousands of animals each year find a new home.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am involved in several volunteer opportunities at AHS as well at teaching in the training school. I have adopted two wonderful dogs from them and would not hesitate to do so in the future. They are also in the process of opening a spay/neuter clinic for lower income individuals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

wish that there were enough homes in the Twin Cities for every adoptable animal.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

every aspect of the organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

with more funding, fewer animals would have to euthanized.

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