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About Animal Humane Society

As the leading animal welfare organization in the Upper Midwest, Animal Humane Society is committed to engaging and serving local communities of people and animals.

Through comprehensive programs and services at its locations in Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul, and Woodbury, Animal Humane Society provides resources that compassionately serve all the stages of an animal’s life.

Adoption and surrender

At our facilities we have cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, mice, rats, hamsters, gerbils, chinchillas and ferrets available for adoption. All animals in our care receive examinations, vaccinations and medical treatments, behavior assessments, microchipping and spaying or neutering for all cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets prior to adoption.

Animal Humane Society has an open admission philosophy, which means we accept every animal regardless of health, age, breed or temperament that is surrendered to us. Open admission is essential to providing shelter and care to the thousands of animals that would otherwise have no safe refuge. We strive to be a resource for people when they need to surrender an animal—and to place no judgment on their need to surrender.

There are no time limits that regulate how long adoptable animals are available at our adoption centers. As long as the animal remains in good health and temperament, it is available until it is adopted.


Our educational and outreach programs foster humane values and animal responsibility. Each year, we present programs at Twin Cities schools, offer summer camps for youth, community service projects and a youth pet club.

AHS’s mobile services veterinary unit assists breed rescue groups with spay/neuter surgeries at off-site locations.


Our humane investigators respond to thousands of reports of animal cruelty or neglect each year.

In addition, we regularly work with partner organizations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin who ask for our assistance when their shelters are full.

We receive, provide care for and rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife at our Golden Valley location.

Pet Services

An important part of our work is pet training and socialization.  Each week we provide nearly 40 dog training classes at our locations in Coon Rapids, Golden Valley and Woodbury and at the Now Boarding facility near the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. In addition, we provide a behavior helpline, one-on-one training and socialization, therapy animal training, dog play groups, rabbit agility classes and pet loss support groups.

We offer competitively priced pet boarding at our Golden Valley location or at Now Boarding, an affiliate of AHS.

As a private non-profit organization, we receive no federal, state or government funding and rely totally on private donations, merchandise sales and adoption fees.