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2014 Annual Report

July 2013-June 2014

FY14 Annual ReportOur mission is to engage the hearts, hands and minds of the community to help animals.

Thank you for your generous support in helping us achieve the results outlined in this Report to the Community (download PDF).

In the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014, we continued to focus on reducing the number of animals coming into our shelters, increasing the number of animals placed in the community, and reducing the rate of humane euthanasia. This has been our ongoing goal and we remain encouraged by our progress – with the understanding that much work remains.

The advances we’ve made to date have allowed us to focus on helping even more animals become adoptable, often through extensive behavior programs or advanced medical treatment. Thanks to this effort, our humane euthanasia rate decreased by 10 percent, and our overall placement rate rose to 82 percent.

We continue to aspire to finding loving homes for 90 percent or more of the animals that come through our doors. We are grateful for your commitment to our shared vision as we work together to create a more humane world for animals.

UPDATE: We've achieved a placement rate of 91% for the first eleven months of the 2015 fiscal year. Learn more.

Geographic area served

Animal Humane Society serves animals and people in the seven-county metro area and beyond from its facilities in Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington and Wright counties. The Humane Investigations unit provides services throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Animal outcomes

Placement 17,627 82%
Euthanasia 3,498 16%
Remained in our care 328 2%
Total outcomes 21,453  

PLEASE NOTE: Total intake (23,858) includes both animals admitted for placement consideration (21,453) and animals euthanized at the owner’s request (2,405). Animals surrendered for owner requested euthanasia are excluded from the animal outcomes calculation.

Animal intake

AHS receives both companion animals and wildlife that need care and assistance. These figures include companion animals only.

Owner surrender 9,658 41%
Transfer from partner animal welfare agency 6,774 28%
Stray 4,499 19%
Owner requested euthanasia 2,405 10%
Cruelty case 522 2%
Intake total 23,858  

Feline 11,724 49%
Canine 10,118 42%
Domestic critter/bird 2,016 9%
Intake total 23,858  

PLEASE NOTE: Total intake (23,858) includes both animals admitted for placement consideration (21,453) and animals euthanized at the owner’s request (2,405). Animals surrendered for owner requested euthanasia are excluded from the animal outcomes calculation.

Animal placement

AHS provides homes and second chances for dogs, cats and domestic critters.

Adoption 15,878 90%
Release to partner animal welfare agency 596 3%
Reunited with owner 1,153 7%
Placement total 17,627  

Feline 7,490 43%
Canine 8,014 46%
Domestic critter/bird 1,673 11%
Placement total 17,627  

Humane euthanasia

AHS is an open admission organization with a strong belief in providing services for all animals in need. Sadly, some animals come to us that we cannot safely and responsibly place in homes, and as a result, AHS staff make the very difficult decision to euthanize some companion animals. There is no time limit that animals can remain in our shelters. Animals surrendered by their owners for end-of-life services are not included in these figures.

Treatable manageable 2,032 58%
Treatable rehabilitatable 164 5%
Unhealthy/untreatable 1,302 37%
Healthy/adoptable 0 0%
Euthanasia total 3,498  

Feline 2,452 70%
Canine 883 25%
Domestic critter/bird 163 5%
Euthanasia total 3,498  

Reasons for euthanasia are reported using definitions established by the Asilomar Accords.

Program accomplishments

Adoption and Surrender

Our surrender by appointment process started in January 2011. Last year, our animal admissions staff handled a total of 27,816 calls for general information and surrender appointments.

Our Adoption Preparation program helped 720 dogs overcome shyness and fear to be more comfortable in new surroundings.

There were 166 cats adopted after participating in our Fresh Start program for cats that have a history of not using their litter box. In addition, 144 dogs were adopted after participating in our Chow Hounds or Resource Guarding programs, which help dogs that show aggressive behaviors over resources like food.


Partner rescue groups assist us with special needs animals. A total of 596 animals were released to 68 rescue organizations, giving these animals a chance to become beloved pets. And when other animal welfare facilities in Minnesota and elsewhere are too crowded or are unable to place animals, they call AHS for help. In 2014, AHS took in 6,774 animals from 95 organizations.

In all, AHS collaborates with more than 140 animal welfare organizations in Minnesota and other states, including the University of Minnesota Veterinary School, animal rescues in Oklahoma, Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, Indiana and California, private veterinarians, and municipal animal control authorities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.


AHS' Community Outreach program works toward engaging more communities in the organization's work through community-based service delivery and by providing resources for pet owners not historically engaged with AHS or other animal welfare programs. In 2014, the Outreach Team engaged with 2,603 people and visited 1,301 houses in Frogtown. In addition, 402 free spay/neuter surgeries were provided for the pets of people in that community.


AHS believes that education is a critical component of creating a more humane world for animals. In 2014, our education programs served 12,289 people. AHS educators provided 96 school and off-site programs to 3,307 students, and 49 children took part in PetSet Youth Club. In addition, 140 children held their birthday parties at AHS, with 1,940 people joining the celebrations. Fifty-one Unleashed camps provided 810 young people the chance to experience life at AHS.

Humane Investigations

AHS's two humane agents, the only full-time humane investigators in the state, received 2,184 reports of neglected or harmed animals. Working in 62 counties with local law enforcement officials, our efforts in humane investigations helped 4,381 animals, including 1,138 horses, 1,047 dogs and 587 cats.

Pet Services

Animal House, our pet boarding facility in Golden Valley, was home last year to 3,600 pet guests, including dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets and other small animals.

Providing spay/neuter surgery continues to be a core program of our organization. All previously unsterilized animals put up for adoption, nearly 10,240 in 2014, received this surgery at our five locations.

Kindest Cut, operating in partnership with AHS, performed 10,600 spay/neuter surgeries and treated 709 patients in their wellness clinic, all at reduced costs for people in need.

Our obedience and training classes attracted 1,245 participants. We held 452 private training sessions, and our behavior helpline received 1,998 calls.


Volunteers are critical to AHS' success. A total of 2,128 volunteers contributed 134,809 hours at all five of our sites to help AHS achieve its mission. Volunteers who worked in our foster program cared for 1,913 animals during the course of the year.


In addition to domestic animals, AHS operates a wildlife program. Through our partnership with Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release, animals are treated and released back to the wild after rehabilitation. In 2014, a total of 2,008 wild animals received services.


Statement of Activities for the 12 months ended June 30, 2014

  Adoption fees and program revenue $4,731,462
  Contributions $6,266,633
  Wills and estates $2,505,677
  In-kind contributions $288,994
  Special events and promotions $968,276
  Investment gain (loss) $644,553
  Dividend and interest income $74,917
  Other $208,583
Total support and revenues $15,689,095
  Program services:  
  Rescue $368,223
  Adoption and surrender $8,637,442
  Pet services $670,496
  Outreach $323,326
  Supporting services:  
  Management and general $759,867
  Fundraising $3,014,269
Total expenses $13,922,125


The Minnesota Charities Review Council’s Standards of Accountability state that at least 70% of an organization’s annual expenses should be for program activity with not more than 30% for management, general, and fundraising expenses, combined. Animal Humane Society exceeded this standard by directing 73% of our expenses back into programming for the animals and our community.