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AHS position on declawing of domestic cats

Animal Humane Society position on declawing of domestic cats

Animal Humane Society believes that the decision whether to declaw is up to the individual in consult with their veterinarian.

Studies do show that cats who exhibit destructive scratching behavior are more likely to be euthanized or abandoned by their owners.  Steps, other than declawing, can be taken to reduce destructive scratching including providing scratching posts or carpet remnants and frequent nail trims. Synthetic nail caps can also prove effective.

AHS position on canine elective and cosmetic surgical procedures

Animal Humane Society position on canine elective and cosmetic surgical procedures

Every year, tens of thousands of dogs and puppies undergo unnecessary cosmetic/elective surgical procedures such as tail docking, ear cropping, and devocalization (debarking).

Animal Humane Society opposes surgical procedures when performed for purely cosmetic or convenience reasons, that provide no health benefit to the dog, and subject the animal to unnecessary pain or health risks.

AHS position on breeding of companion animals

Animal Humane Society position on breeding of companion animals


Animal Humane Society believes there is a place for responsible breeding of companion animals. However, inhumane and inadequate breeding facilities exist; therefore, we encourage individuals to exercise caution when purchasing animals from breeders and to consider alternative means for acquiring companion animals.

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Animal Humane Society position on breeding of companion animals

Animal Humane Society position on breeding of companion animals

Animal Humane Society believes there is a place for responsible breeding of companion animals. However, inhumane and inadequate breeding facilities exist; therefore, we encourage individuals to exercise caution when purchasing animals from breeders and to consider alternative means for acquiring companion animals.

AHS position on breed specific bans

Animal Humane Society position on breed specific bans

Animal Humane Society opposes regulations based solely on dog breed and/or legislation banning a specific breed.  While breed is one factor that contributes to a dog's temperament, it alone cannot be used to predict whether a dog may pose a danger to his or her community. AHS believes that dog owners should be responsible for their dogs.

AHS position on rescue and relief

Animal Humane Society position on rescue and relief

Animal Humane Society believes it is the responsibility of animal welfare organizations with a reasonable level of resources to participate in assisting during local and national disasters whenever possible. The nature and extent of the efforts in disaster response will vary depending on such factors as access, timing, available resources, the security and safety of responders, and the extent of the relief required.

AHS position on humane investigations

Animal Humane Society position on humane investigations

When animals are subjected to neglect and cruelty, it is critical for there to be a humane intervention that will aid and protect the animals.

Animal Humane Society believes there is an essential role for humane investigations in response to formal complaints regarding alleged violations of the animal welfare laws. Humane agents should partner with local law enforcement agencies to facilitate any appropriate investigation. The nature and extent of the efforts vary depending on the case.

AHS position on pet overpopulation

Animal Humane Society position on pet overpopulation

The quantity of companion animals is grossly disproportionate to the number of homes available for them, a situation that has produced suffering for orphaned and displaced animals, many of which are euthanized in our nation’s shelters.

AHS position on animals used for research, testing and education

Animal Humane Society position on animals used for biomedical research, testing and education

Biomedical research & testing

AHS position on animals in entertainment and competition

Animal Humane Society position on animals in entertainment and competition

Animal Humane Society believes animals used for entertainment must be treated humanely at all times. They must be transported in a humane and safe manner, provided frequent opportunities for natural exercise and psychological enrichment and rest, and should be housed and cared for in a manner appropriate to each species.

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Animal Humane Society locations

Buffalo

4375 Hwy. 55 S.E.
Buffalo, MN 55313
(763) 390-3647

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Coon Rapids

1411 Main St. N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
(763) 862-4030

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Golden Valley

845 Meadow Ln. N.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
(763) 489-2201

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St. Paul

1115 Beulah Ln.
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 645-7387

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Woodbury

9785 Hudson Rd.
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 730-6008

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