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Coon Rapids adoption center gets a new look

Coon Rapids adoption center gets a new look

Updates at all five AHS locations provide a better adoption experience

Last summer, Animal Humane Society’s Golden Valley location received a makeover. This fall, we turned our attention to our Coon Rapids location, and the results are breathtaking!

The new look is open and colorful, with glass doors and bright colony rooms that encourage visitors to engage with animals. A new checkout desk, retail fixtures, and comfortable seating areas provide an inviting space for customers to complete adoptions.

The adoption process has also been overhauled to provide a more pleasant, personalized, and informative experience. A similar update is now underway at our Woodbury location and updates at our St. Paul and Buffalo sites will follow.

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Sharing the love with Tumblr

Sharing the love with Tumblr

New photo blog features AHS adoption updates

There is nothing we love more than reading the stories you send us about animals adopted from Animal Humane Society. We are thrilled to hear about their new lives and see how happy (and spoiled) they are in their new homes.

We couldn’t keep all of that joy to ourselves, so we created a new “Happy Tails” blog on Tumblr to share these amazing stories and photos with you. Visit animalhumanesociety.org/happytails and prepare to have your heart warmed!

Have a happy tale of your own? Submit your adoption story and photos at animalhumanesociety.org/stories. We’d love to hear from you!

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Did someone say hedgehog?

Did someone say hedgehog?

The list of species available for adoption at AHS just got longer — and cuter!

Hedgehog fans, rejoice! On February 1, the prickly little critters were added to the list of species available for adoption at Animal Humane Society. Days later we had our very first hedgehog adoption: 2-year-old Zeke, who was surrendered to AHS because his family didn’t have time to care for him. The adorable little guy had barely gotten settled at the shelter before he was out the door with a new name, Elliot, and a caring owner.

Hedgehog sightings may not be an everyday occurrence at AHS, so keep an eye on our website if you are interested in adopting. As with any animal, we encourage you to research hedgehog needs before you commit to caring for one.

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Sustaining gifts provide peace of mind

Sustaining gifts provide peace of mind

Monthly donations let more of your gift go directly to animal care

Jessica Kingston’s cats, Jake and Winston, run to the door to greet her every time she comes home. They were even by her side when she was recovering from cancer.

Kingston’s love of animals developed at a young age, and she first became involved with Animal Humane Society more than 20 years ago when she adopted her first cat. Six years ago she was introduced to the Walk for Animals and since then has attended Wine Dinner and Whisker Whirl, as well as helped out during a Chihuahua transport that arrived at AHS from California.

Kingston’s giving is inspired by animals who face medical complications, like her cat Winston, who had a brief scare with feline leukemia shortly after joining her family. “AHS does a wonderful job helping animals. The commitment and passion is evident in the services they provide to animals and people. The collective positive energy you feel when you walk through the door is all about the health and well-being of animals.”

One of Kingston’s most important contributions came when she decided to become a sustaining donor. Setting up automatic monthly donations through a checking account or credit card helps AHS devote more resources to animals by reducing fundraising costs. “Giving every month makes it easier for me to budget my contribution while allowing AHS the peace of mind of the consistent funding stream,” says Kingston.

Please join Jessica and the growing community of donors who save lives through their ongoing support. Become a sustaining donor today at animalhumanesociety.org/donate or call (763) 489-2210.

Sustaining donor Jessica Kingston with cats Jake and Winston.

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A Message from Janelle Dixon

A Message from Janelle Dixon

With the introduction of Bound for Home in 2011 we began a journey of transformation, looking critically at everything we do to ensure that we are saving as many animal lives as possible.

When we embarked on this journey, our animal placement rate was 67%. We quickly reached 80% and set out to reach an ambitious, aspirational goal of 90% placement. Over the last few years we’ve inched toward that goal, week by week and month by month. As we moved closer it became more difficult and more costly. But our success in other areas freed up resources to be reallocated, and your generosity continued to support our forward momentum.

During the last 18 months we’ve continued to transform. As we have reduced intake and found more proactive means to assist people and animals, we’ve been able to shift away from medical and behavioral strategies that were driven by the volume of animals in our care. We can now devote more resources to the needs of individual animals in our shelters while still providing exceptional care for the population as a whole. We’re no longer limited to what we can do for an animal right now. Instead, we can invest in the long-term care required to give even the most challenged animals a second chance.

Doing More for Animals is the foundation of this exciting transformation. We’re looking differently not only at each animal’s case, but also at the capacity our community has to adopt animals with special needs and conditions.

Thanks to Doing More for Animals, we reached a placement rate of 95% in January and February 2015. Our placement rate for the year to date (July-February) is 91%. This is an amazing outcome for animals!

We couldn’t have reached this incredible milestone without your support. As we continue this journey together, just imagine where we will go next.

Thank you,

Janelle Dixon, President & CEO

 

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Unique ways to experience AHS

Unique ways to experience AHS

Insider opportunities await our most dedicated donors

Animal Humane Society donors are familiar with the warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from helping animals in need. Now supporters who donate $250 or more annually can experience the shelter in new and exciting ways.

  • Insider’s Tour:
    Follow the journey animals take through our shelters and witness the love and care they receive in our innovative facilities.
  • Cats & Cocoa:
    Attend a cocoa party in our renovated cat adoption area. Play with cats and learn about all we are doing for cats in our shelter and the community.
  • Become a Walk Star:
    Walk dogs awaiting adoption and fill out comment cards to tell the world how special they are.
  • Precious Cargo:
    See what happens when a transport of dogs arrives at AHS. Help bathe puppies and get dogs settled for their first night in Minnesota.

To find out how you can get involved, contact Heather Vinge-Hanson at (763) 489-1582 or hvingehanson@animalhumanesociety.org.

Ian, son of donors Liz and Brian Illgen, holds a puppy as she gets her temporary collar fitted.

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New hope for battling parvovirus

New hope for battling parvovirus

Foster volunteers come to the aide of infected puppies

Canine parvovirus — commonly known as parvo — is an aggressive and often fatal disease that affects unvaccinated dogs and puppies. Virulent and highly contagious, parvo can live in the environment for months. Dogs with the illness experience diarrhea and vomiting that can quickly lead to dehydration and death.

Many of the dogs and puppies that arrive at AHS infected with parvo can be saved, but treating the disease in a shelter environment presents risks and challenges.

Until recently, our only option was to partner with local veterinary clinics where dogs with parvo can receive medical treatment under strict quarantine. But a new foster program will provide an additional treatment option for dogs and puppies when local veterinary clinics are not available.

AHS has trained more than a dozen foster volunteers to properly care for and treat dogs with parvo. There is no specific drug that will kill the virus, so treatment consists primarily of supportive care efforts to combat dehydration and prevent secondary infections until the dog’s immune system is able to fight the virus.

The volunteers will care for the puppies in their homes for 3 to 7 days and follow an intense cleaning regimen to prevent further spread of the disease. This lifesaving treatment option will help us save as many as 30 additional dogs and puppies with parvo this year.

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New opportunities for our youngest animal lovers

New opportunities for our youngest animal lovers

Cub Scout program and toddler story time now available

Calling all Tiger, Cub, and Webelo Scouts! Join us for our new “Prepared for Pets” program. This fun, educational, and interactive program will focus on caring for pets by recognizing basic pet needs.

Through hands-on activities, Scouts will learn how to clean up after pets, evaluate which foods are appropriate for them, and spot signs that a pet may be in need of extra care. Scouts will develop greater respect for animals and earn a pet guardianship pin symbolizing their readiness to become a responsible and caring guardian.

The program includes a tour of the adoption center and the opportunity to meet animals awaiting new homes. Cost is $5 per Scout with a $60 group minimum. For information on this and other available Scout programs, visit our Scouts program page.

For our littlest learners, the new Furry Tails program is a home run! Furry Tails is a story time series ideal for children ages 2-4, along with their parents, hosted at our Golden Valley location. Each month features a picture storybook read aloud by one of our humane educators, followed by a craft and special time with an animal.

Furry Tails is held on the second Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. and there is no cost to participate. Call (763) 489-2221 to reserve your spot today!

After story time and a craft activity, kids participating in Furry Tails receive a special visit from an animal guest.

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55 cats released to AHS

55 cats released to AHS

Humane Investigations team coordinates large single-home surrender

In January, Animal Humane Society worked with a Minneapolis resident to remove dozens of unsterilized cats from a single family home. Our Humane Investigations team, referred by Minneapolis police, discovered the cats in distress. Although well fed, many of the cats were showing signs of age-related illness, lack of consistent medical care, and other problems related to poor socialization and uncontrolled breeding.

The homeowner couldn’t adequately care for the growing population of cats and agreed to release the animals into our care. Over the next few weeks, a total of 55 cats were surrendered to the shelter, examined, and spayed or neutered. Many required extensive medical treatment, dental work, and behavior modification to prepare them for adoption.

To date, 41 cats from this case have been adopted into new homes.

The AHS Humane Investigations team found groups of cats living in multiple rooms throughout the Minneapolis home. Once the felines arrived at AHS, staff worked to prepare them for adoption.

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Get your wag on!

Get your wag on!

The 41st annual Walk for Animals is May 2

Join us May 2 for Animal Humane Society’s largest annual fundraiser, the Walk for Animals. This popular event brings together more than 8,000 people and 3,000 animals to wag, walk, and raise funds for homeless and neglected pets across Minnesota.

Every dollar raised for the Walk helps provide medical treatment, behavior programs, and nurturing care to the nearly 24,000 animals who come into our five Minnesota shelters each year. With your support, thousands of animals will get the care they need to find new homes and new beginnings.

Sign up and start raising funds today. You’re just a walk away from making a big difference!

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