Leadership team

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Leadership team

Board of Directors

Carolyn Smith, Chair
Tom Hoch, Vice Chair
Scott Schroepfer, Treasurer
Maureen McDonough, Secretary
Scott Aebischer
Lisa Goodman
David Gutzke
John Huber
Paul Kaminski
Jim Lane
Cyndi Lesher
Lia Melrose
Susan Palombo
Dr. Ned Patterson, DVM
Damon Schramm
Tim Taffe
Tina Wilcox
Donna Zimmerman
Janelle Dixon, President & CEO

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

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Hours and locations

Animal Humane Society hours

Adoption Centers
12 p.m. – 8 p.m. weekdays
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

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

About Animal Humane Society

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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 and providing comprehensive programs and services to compassionately serve all of the stages of an animal’s life.

Programs at our five campuses (Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul and Woodbury) include the following:

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.

Outreach

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.

Our animal-assisted therapy volunteer program visits libraries, nursing homes, hospitals and community centers throughout the area.

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

Rescue

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

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Animal Humane Society
mission, vision, and values

Mission

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

Vision

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

Values

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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