Animal Humane Society

Rating: 4.39 stars   23 reviews

Address:

845 Meadow Ln N Minneapolis MN 55422 USA

Mission:

To engage the hearts, hands and minds of the community to help animals.

Programs:

Adoption and surrenderanimal humane society helps thousands of dogs, cats, and critters in need find loving homes each year - and no animal is ever turned away. Ahs takes in every animal surrendered regardless of its health, age, breed, or behavior. This commitment to open admission guarantees shelter and care to thousands of animals that would otherwise have no safe refuge. Although many animals can be placed in our adoption programs as soon as they are vaccinated and sterilized, others require specialized care to overcome health and behavior issues. Ahs provides extensive medical treatment, surgery, behavior modification, and foster care to those with special challenges, ensuring that even the most difficult-to-place animals have a chance at adoption. In the year ended june 30, 2015:23,072 companion animals came into ahs facilities; 20,847 of those animals - more than 91% - were placed in homes, reunited with owners, or released to other organizations. 12,078 animals received spay/neuter surgeries prior to adoption and an additional 13,340 animals were sterilized for other rescue groups by ahs and through ahs's partnership with kindest cut. Ahs behavior modification and rehabilitation programs readied 1,573 shy or fearful cats and dogs for placement.

community engagementanimal humane society works with individuals and organizations across minnesota to create a more humane world for animals. In the year ended june 30, 2015, those efforts included:outreach to under-engaged communities, including education programs and free or low-cost services that empower low-income pet owners and improve the lives of pets. These programs served more than 2,729 families in frogtown and east st. Paul. As a result, 1,481 animals received free spay/neuter surgeries and 1,015 pets were served at free wellness clinics. Education programs that foster humane values and compassion for animals, including day camps, a youth club, and other activities for kids and families. Ahs educational programs served 12,160 people, including 2,253 students through educational programs in schools and 1,110 in summer camps. A new community cats program focused on reducing euthanasia and providing alternative solutions for feral and free-roaming cats through return-to-field and trap-neuter-return programs. This program served 592 cats. A partnership with the wildlife rehabilitation center of minnesota that provided emergency care for 1,474 injured and orphaned wild animals. A robust volunteer program that enlists more than 2,400 active volunteers in providing animal enrichment, foster care, shelter support, and other assistance. Volunteers contributed 163,515 hours to ahs and provided foster care for 2,685 animals prior to adoption.

pet servicesahs offers programs to serve all stages of an animal's life, including:more than 80 family-friendly pet training classes each week, along with one-on-one training and socialization sessions, therapy animal courses, play groups, and rabbit agility classes. 1,261 pets attended classes through ahs's training school. A free pet helpline (952-help-pet) that handled 34,188 incoming calls, providing caring, compassionate advice and resources to help with everything from solving behavior problems to finding pet-friendly housing. Peace of mind pet boarding at animal house in golden valley, which served 2,971 pets. Compassionate end-of-life services and a weekly pet loss support group. Online resources for pet owners, including a lost pet bulletin board and behavior resource library at animalhumanesociety. Org.

rescueaiding animals in critical situations is core to ahs's work. Ahs's humane agents respond to reports of possible animal cruelty or neglect throughout minnesota. They receive reports about animals that are lacking proper food, water and shelter. They also participate in larger, more complex cases involving cruelty, with on-site investigations and seizures aiding law enforcement agencies that seek ahs assistance. During the year ended june 30, 2015, our humane investigations unit received 1,534 requests for assistance and opened 529 formal cases. Follow-up investigation of these cases took ahs agents into 64 counties across the state of minnesota. Those investigations impacted the lives of 4,666 animals. Ahs regularly worked with 114 animal welfare organizations throughout minnesota, north dakota, iowa, wisconsin and other states who need assistance when their facilities are overcrowded. Ahs also assists in cases of natural disasters.

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Reviews for Animal Humane Society

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 2 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

wiley1827 challenged data taken right from the 2008 990 form: o % of total revenue spent on labor costs = 68.9% This comes from these lines: o Total revenue = Part I, Line 12 o Total Labor Costs = Part I, Line 15 o Number of Employees = Part I, Line 5 (410, btw - not 400) o Number of volunteers = Part I, Line 6 (1,467) The defensiveness of "wiley1827" is indicative of the continual efforts of AHS to "spin" data in their favor and hide actual facts. This is AHS' actual reported data. It should be noted that employees and volunteers are required to sign nondisclosure (confidentiality) agreements. Why the secrecy? What possible trade secrets do they have to protect? The most important point: All those millions every year and AHS still has to kill 1 out of every 3 animals that enter its shelters.

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

by research, by contact with executives and as a former volunteer.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The fellow who claimed 70% expenses is misinformed or reading information wrong. AHS has complete disclosed info on their web site. It appears the comments left about AHS are a collusion or group effort by a single force to be critical. Charity Navigator and others gives them high marks. And local supporters and donors find them to be of very high caliber.

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

see above

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

reply to groundless and false charges on this website

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Efficient use of capital and cash

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fine

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Convert space or rent space to house animals

Ways to make it better...

Charges to leave stray animals not so high

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

shortage of funds to keep animals for duration needed to find adopting homes or to be places in foster homes/sanctuaries

One thing I'd also say is that...

Shelters are up against budget issues - the source of excess pet population is the average citizen. Those who mismanage matter of pet care and overpopulation have on their hands the death of old and sick animals who can not be adopted.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

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I am a national shelter reform advocate - use that as your guide in weighing what I write. This is a very high-kill organization comprised of 5 shelters under the umbrella of the Golden Valley main office of AHS. As of 2008, 40.2% of the animals coming in the front, never made it back out. Roughly 70% of the revenue goes to pay very high salaries and over 400 employees. You decide for yourself if that's the "bang for your buck" you want. My advice? Find some local rescue groups who do better work, don't kill and never draw a salary. Your donation would go directly to saving lives, not perpetuating this killing industry.

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

ongoing

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

Fire the CEO and other executives, update the anitquated housing facilities, rely more on high-caliber volunteers from business schools and local state rescuers who have great experience but are not allowed to work with AHS under the current leadership.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

leaving

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

staff - rude and arrogant volunteers - mostly very friendly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

kill more animals

Ways to make it better...

someone had cared

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

1) Board of directors 2) CEO 3) COO

One thing I'd also say is that...

send your donations or volunteer elsewhere

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

 
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