Animal Protection & Welfare,
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.