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, 2013, we maintained our focus on reducing the number of animals coming into our shelters, increasing our placement rate of animals in the community and reducing the humane euthanasia rate. This has been our goal for more than three years, and we remain encouraged by our progress – with the understanding that much work remains. During the past year, we reduced our intake of companion animals by 4 percent and increased our placement rate to over 81 percent. The humane euthanasia rate has decreased by 45 percent during the course of this effort, but saw little change in 2013.
We continue to aspire to finding loving homes for at least 90 percent 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.
Animal Humane Society serves animals and people from its facilities in Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington and Wright counties. The Humane Investigations unit provides services throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
AHS receives both companion animals and wildlife that need care and assistance. These figures include companion animals only.
|INTAKE BY REASON FOR SURRENDER|
|Transfer from partner animal welfare agency||5,985||25%|
|Owner requested euthanasia||2,272||10%|
|INTAKE BY SPECIES|
AHS provides homes and second chances for dogs, cats and domestic critters.
|PLACEMENT BY TYPE|
|Release to partner animal welfare agency||664||4%|
|Reunited with 0wner||1,235||7%|
|PLACEMENT BY SPECIES|
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 makes the very difficult decision to euthanize some companion animals. No animals that can be safely and responsibly placed are euthanized and there is no time limit that animals can remain in our shelters.
|EUTHANASIA BY REASON|
|EUTHANASIA BY SPECIES|
Adoption and Surrender
Our surrender by appointment process started in January 2011. Last year, our animal admissions staff handled a total of 23,935 calls for general information and surrender appointments.
Our Adoption Preparation program helped 609 dogs overcome shyness and fear to be more comfortable in new surroundings.
Partner rescue groups assist us with special needs animals. A total of 664 animals were released to 64 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 2013, AHS took in 5,985 animals from 79 organizations.
In all, AHS collaborates with more than 90 animal welfare organizations in Minnesota and other states, including the University of Minnesota Veterinary School, animal rescues in Oklahoma, Georgia, Alabama, Iowa and Indiana, private veterinarians, and municipal animal control authorities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
AHS believes that education is a critical component of creating a more humane world for animals. In 2013, our education programs served 11,872 people. AHS educators provided 125 school and off-site programs to 3,852 students, and 170 Twin Cities kids took part in PetSet Youth Club, a program for youth in grades 5-7 focused on leadership, community service and advocacy. In addition, 118 kids held their birthday parties at AHS, with 1,664 people joining the celebrations. Forty-one Unleashed camps and mini-camps were offered for kids in grades 3-10, providing 679 young people the chance to experience life at AHS.
AHS’s two humane agents, the only full-time humane investigators in the state, received 2,317 reports of neglected or harmed animals. Working in 66 counties with local law enforcement officials, our efforts in humane investigations helped 6,376 animals, including 1,301 horses, 1,745 dogs and 1,089 cats.
Animal House, our pet boarding facility in Golden Valley, was home last year to 3,209 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 10,431 in 2013, received this surgery at our five locations. The Kindest Cut mobile spay/neuter clinic, operating in partnership with AHS, performed 8,428 surgeries, providing a valuable service at reduced costs for people in need. That total included 3,669 animals sterilized through partnerships with 65 animal welfare groups.
Our obedience and training classes attracted 1,225 participants, with another 475 people participating in playgroups with their animals. We held 398 private training sessions, and our behavior helpline received 1,647 calls.
Volunteers are critical to AHS’s success. A total of 1,766 volunteers contributed 119,007 hours at all five of our sites to help AHS achieve its mission. Volunteers who worked in our foster program cared for 1,642 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 2013, a total of 2,108 wild animals received services.
Statement of Activities for the 12 months ended June 30, 2013
|SUPPORT & REVENUES|
|Adoption fees and program revenue||$4,256,783|
|Wills and estates||$1,072,269|
|Special events and promotions||$900,638|
|Investment gain (loss)||$501,901|
|Dividend and interest income||$135,917|
|Total support and revenues||$12,707,757|
|Adoption and surrender||$8,176,150|
|Management and general||$501,524|
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 74% of our expenses back into programming for the animals and our community.