Pet Dish for July 1, 2014


Pet Dish

July 1, 2014

Pet Dish for June 3, 2014


Pet Dish

June 3, 2014

Simon is WCCO's Pet of the Week


Meet Simon, our WCCO Pet of the Week! Simon is a sweet and friendly little dog with a big smile and even bigger heart. He will make a great little companion and lap dog. Simon has a few medical issues, but they won’t affect his quality of life. Hey, we’ve all got something!

Pet Dish for May 1, 2014


Pet Dish

May 1, 2014




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Previous Annual Reports


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Fiscal Year 2012 Annual Report

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    Employment opportunities

    At Animal Humane Society, caring for animals is not just a job, it’s a passion.

    We share a love for animals and truly care about them and the people we serve. We have a highly dedicated, professional and innovative team of people who compassionately serve all the stages of an animal’s life. We value the contributions of each member of our team and know that by collaborating and working together, we are most effective. Together we make a difference in the lives of animals.

    At Animal Humane Society, it’s about people and it’s about animals. It’s a place where good things happen and we live our mission every day. Check out "A Day in the Life of Animal Humane Society" and see what it's all about.


    Animal Humane Society offers a comprehensive benefit package to eligible employees. Benefits include:

    • Paid Time Off (PTO)
    • Health & Dental Insurance
    • Medical & Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts
    • Life Insurance/Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
    • Short Term & Long Term Disability Insurance
    • 401K Retirement Savings Plan
    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    • Discounts on merchandise, boarding, training and more

    Current job openings

    See the position descriptions below to learn about and apply for current opportunities. You just may find your passion.


    Our affiliates

    You may also wish to view openings at Now Boarding, our affiliate boarding facility.

    Annual Report


    2013 Annual Report

    July 2012-June 2013

    FY13 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, 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.

    Geographic area served

    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.

    Animal intake

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

    Owner surrender 9,943 43%
    Transfer from partner animal welfare agency 5,985 25%
    Stray 4,638 20%
    Owner requested euthanasia 2,272 10%
    Cruelty case 404 2%
    Intake total 23,242  

    Feline 12,295 53%
    Canine 9,214 40%
    Domestic critter/bird 1,733 7%
    Intake total 23,242  

    Animal outcomes

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

    Adoption 15,104 89%
    Release to partner animal welfare agency 664 4%
    Reunited with owner 1,235 7%
    Placement total 17,003  

    Feline 8,311 49%
    Canine 7,223 42%
    Domestic critter/bird 1,469 9%
    Placement total 17,003  

    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 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.

    Treatable manageable 2,280 58%
    Treatable rehabilitatable 219 6%
    Unhealthy/untreatable 1,409 36%
    Healthy/adoptable 0 0%
    Euthanasia total 3,908  

    Feline 2,769 71%
    Canine 1,025 26%
    Domestic critter/bird 114 3%
    Euthanasia total 3,908  

    Program accomplishments

    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.

    Humane Investigations
    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.

    Pet Services
    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

      Adoption fees and program revenue $4,256,783
      Contributions $5,592,502
      Wills and estates $1,072,269
      In-kind contributions $199,294
      Special events and promotions $900,638
      Investment gain (loss) $501,901
      Dividend and interest income $135,917
      Other $48,453
    Total support and revenues $12,707,757
      Program services:  
      Rescue $246,899
      Adoption and surrender $8,176,150
      Pet services $652,503
      Outreach $323,326
      Supporting services:  
      Management and general $501,524
      Fundraising $2,867,790
    Total expenses $12,768,192


    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.

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    Our sponsors


    Our sponsors

    We are grateful to the generous partners who support our efforts.

    By supporting the companies that give to the Animal Humane Society you are actively advancing our mission: to engage the hearts, hands and minds of the community to help animals.

    To find out how your business can support the programs of the Animal Humane Society please contact us online or by calling (763) 489-2212.

    Financial information


    Financial information

    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.

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    Legal name

    Animal Humane Society
    In 2006, Animal Humane Society (Coon Rapids & Golden Valley), Humane Society for Companion Animals (Saint Paul & Woodbury), and Greater West Metro Humane Society (Buffalo) merged into one organization and retained the name Animal Humane Society.  We have retained the legal rights to all prior names.

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    Meets StandardsMinnesota Charities Review Council’s Standards of Accountability state that at least 70% of an organization’s annual expenses be for program activity with not more than 30% for management, general and fundraising expenses combined. In 2011, Animal Humane Society exceeded this standard by directing 77% of our expenses back into programming and services for animals and the community.

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