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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.

Leadership team

Leadership team

Board of Directors

Tom Hoch, Chair
Maureen McDonough (Vice Chair)
Scott Schroepfer (Treasurer)
Carolyn Smith (Past Chair)
Scott Aebischer
Dr. Trevor Ames
Janelle Dixon
Bianca Fine
David Gutzke
John Huber
Paul Kaminski
Susan Palombo
Tim Taffe
Tina Wilcox
Donna Zimmerman

Staff Management

Janelle Dixon, President & CEO
Lisa B. Bonds, Chief Advancement Officer
Eileen Lay, Chief Operating & Financial Officer
Kathy Mock, Chief Government Affairs and Outreach Officer

You may send your questions or concerns to these administrative officers online.

Our hours and locations

Hours and locations

Adoption Centers

Animal House Boarding

845 Meadow Ln. N.  
Golden Valley, MN 55422
(763) 522-4325

7 a.m. – 7 p.m. weekdays
7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday

Animal Admissions Center

Animal Admissions Center Phone Line  
(763) 412-4969
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. weekdays
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday


Animal Humane Society is closed New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.

About Animal Humane Society

About Animal Humane Society

As the leading animal welfare organization in the Upper Midwest, Animal Humane Society is committed to engaging and serving local communities of people and animals.

Through comprehensive programs and services at its locations in Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul, and Woodbury, Animal Humane Society provides resources that compassionately serve all the stages of an animal’s life.

Adoption and surrender

At our facilities we have cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, mice, rats, hamsters, gerbils, chinchillas and ferrets available for adoption. All animals in our care receive examinations, vaccinations and medical treatments, behavior assessments, microchipping and spaying or neutering for all cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets prior to adoption.

Animal Humane Society has an open admission philosophy, which means we accept every animal regardless of health, age, breed or temperament that is surrendered to us. Open admission is essential to providing shelter and care to the thousands of animals that would otherwise have no safe refuge. We strive to be a resource for people when they need to surrender an animal—and to place no judgment on their need to surrender.

There are no time limits that regulate how long adoptable animals are available at our adoption centers. As long as the animal remains in good health and temperament, it is available until it is adopted.


Our educational and outreach programs foster humane values and animal responsibility. Each year, we present programs at Twin Cities schools, offer summer camps for youth, community service projects and a youth pet club.

AHS’s mobile services veterinary unit assists breed rescue groups with spay/neuter surgeries at off-site locations.


Our humane investigators respond to thousands of reports of animal cruelty or neglect each year.

In addition, we regularly work with partner organizations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin who ask for our assistance when their shelters are full.

We receive, provide care for and rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife at our Golden Valley location.

Pet Services

An important part of our work is pet training and socialization.  Each week we provide nearly 40 dog training classes at our locations in Coon Rapids, Golden Valley and Woodbury and at the Now Boarding facility near the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. In addition, we provide a behavior helpline, one-on-one training and socialization, therapy animal training, dog play groups, rabbit agility classes and pet loss support groups.

We offer competitively priced pet boarding at our Golden Valley location or at Now Boarding, an affiliate of AHS.

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.

Mission, vision and values

Animal Humane Society
mission, vision, and values


To engage the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals.


To compassionately and responsibly create a more humane world for animals.


Be good to animals. Act kindly and think progressively to improve the lives of animals.

Partner with people. Harness the creativity and passion of people through collaboration and teamwork.

Lead responsibly with compassion. Inspire trust through leadership that balances the head and heart.

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