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Alice's journey home


Alice's journey home 

Alice’s story wasn’t always a happy one, but thanks to Animal Humane Society supporters, she got the second chance she deserves. She’s even the star of our latest commercial!

You can make a difference for animals like Alice. Please make a year-end gift to support life-saving services for animals in our community.

Thank you for your generous support!

Share the love on Give to the Max Day


Share the love on Give to the Max Day

On this day, people all across Minnesota join together for 24 exciting hours to support their favorite nonprofits. Last year alone more than 17,000 homeless pets found loving homes through the care of our staff and volunteers.

Our $50,000 challenge

This year, we've got 50,000 more reasons to make a gift. Ten generous donors have teamed up to provide a $50,000 Give to the Max Day challenge match! AHS will receive a $20,000 bonus gift if we reach $100,000 in donations, and another $30,000 bonus gift if we make it all the way  to $200,000.

Help us reach this ambitious goal! Be a friend to animals this year by including Animal Humane Society in your Give to the Max Day plans.


There are even more reasons to participate:

  • It’s easy to give because you can schedule your donation in advance.
  • Grand prizes of up to $20,000 will be awarded to the nonprofits that receive the most donations on Give to the Max Day.
  • One lucky donor will be randomly chosen every hour to have $2,000 in bonus funds added to their donation.
  • Including Animal Humane Society in your Give to the Max Day Plans makes it possible for us to offer life-saving programs and services to animals.

We hope you will include the animals in your giving plans this year by making a contribution to Animal Humane Society.

Spread the word

Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitterand Instagram pages for up-to-the-minute information during this exciting day of giving!

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Give to the Max Day matching gift donors


Give to the Max Day $50,000 challenge match donors

Ten generous donors have teamed up to provide a $50,000 Give to the Max Day challenge match!

$20,000 bonus for the first $100,000 raised

If we raise $100,000 on Give to the Max Day, these eight donors will donate an additional $20,000! Make your gift now.

Katie Hoffman

$5,000 match

Katie Hoffman shares her home with AHS alumni Monkey and Lexi. “I donate to AHS as it is my passion to save as many dogs as I can. Furthermore, I believe if you give out good, you are given good in return.”



Rob Johnson and Peggy Peterson

$5,000 match

Rob Johnson and Peggy Peterson call these two happy labs, Molly and Lilly, family. “I am grateful that I am able to give both financially and through volunteering to an effort that means so much to me personally. The work at AHS helps so many animals from all over the country find help and permanent homes while also benefiting me in so many different ways.”



$5,000 match

These anonymous donors have given a forever home to AHS alumni Sophie and Ernie, and have opened their hearts and home to help little Lucy along on her journey to adoption. “We found Sophie at AHS in Golden Valley late 2010. She’s a clown, a terrific mouser, and a love. Ernie came along six months later, last of a huge litter dropped off at AHS in St. Paul. He’s a terror around the house, racing a hundred miles an hour up and down the stairs. He’s polydactyl – he has thumbs – which gives him some interesting grabbing abilities. Lucy is visiting us as a foster “bottle baby.” How a half-pound kitten can be abandoned in a school yard we’ll never know, but she’s thriving in temporary care as we get her ready for adoption.”


Cheryl and Reid Hegland

$1,500 match                       

Cheryl and Reid Hegland exclaim, “Kashmir and Orinso joined our family in November 2011 and our lives have been enriched by their companionship and love.  We want to help other animals find forever homes and support pet owners in caring for their companions.  Animal Humane Society provides those services as well as many more.  We give to AHS to help them work toward their vision of compassionately and responsibly creating a more humane world for animals.”


Karen Dubrosky and Jeff Peterson

$1,000 match

Karen Dubrosky and Jeff Peterson share their home with two feline family members. “The work that AHS provides is a vital part to making our community safe, humane and loving for all of our community members – animals and humans alike. AHS is the leader in animal welfare and community engagement; we are proud to support such a great organization.”


Bettie Halverson

$1,000 match

Bettie Halverson shares her life with several special cats. “I support the Animal Humane Society because I strongly believe in their mission to help all animals in the community.  The work AHS does is truly amazing.”



$1,000 match

An anonymous Twin Cities couple made this matching gift in memory of their beloved companion, Lucy.



$500 match

This family who has always had Labradors recently adopted an AHS chihuahua named Chewbaca and now laughs everyday from all the silly things she does to make them smile.


$30,000 bonus for the first $200,000 raised

If we raise $200,000 on Give to the Max Day, these two donors will donate an additional $30,000! Make your gift now.

Vicki and David Fagerlee

$20,000 match

Animal lovers David and Vicki Fagerlee adopted this handsome fella, Ziggy.  “Our very best pets have been rescue dogs and we feel very strongly that it's important to support the Animal Humane Society so that they can provide for and find loving homes for all.”


Brenda L. Johnson

$10,000 match

Animal lover Brenda L. Johnson shares her home with her cats, Simba and Zander. “I support the Animal Humane Society because two of my best ‘fur-ever’ friends found me there.  I will always be grateful to AHS for the great work they do in bringing special animals together with families.”

Outdoor protective shelter


Make outdoor protective shelter

It is very important to help the animals within our shelter feel more comfortable while they wait for their forever home, however unowned and homeless cats need our help as well! Here is a way that you can help homeless cats within the community.

 Make outdoor protective shelters  to help maintain a safe living environment for homeless cats in the community. With some creativity, these containers provide an adequate shelter to protect cats against predators and environmental dangers. This container will provide cold weather insulation and security for the outdoor cats in the community. Whether they are lost, homeless or unowned, this opportunity will improve the overall health and wellbeing for our outdoor friends. See a sample shelter here.

What you will need

  • Rubbermaid tote
  • Styrofoam cooler
  • Hay or straw
  • Duct tape
  • Exacto knife

What’s next?

  • Cut a 6” diameter hole in the tote to act as an entrance/exit for the cat.
  • Place the Styrofoam cooler inside the tote and cut a 6” diameter hole in the cooler to match the tote entrance.
  • Put hay or straw in and around the Styrofoam cooler. Use as much hay or straw as possible, this will provide added insulation.
  • Place the Styrofoam lid on the cooler and secure the lid with a few pieces of duct tape.
  • Complete the project by securing the lid onto the tote. You may want to place duct tape on this lid as well.
  • Bring your protective shelter to the Animal Humane Society in St Paul! Call Whitney at 652-788-4685 to arrange a drop off. The Animal Humane Society will then distribute these shelters to the communities in need.

Development team


Meet our development team

Michelle Arcand

Donor Services Lead


Jennifer Hanson

Major Gifts Officer


Sarah Henely

Annual Fund Manager


Deanna Kramer

Major Gifts Officer


Kathryn Mackin

Donor Services Assistant


Bobbi Morris

Director of Special Events and Sponsorships


Melissa Peacock

Planned Giving Officer


Kelsey Polcher

Annual Fund Associate


Brittan Priestas

Events and Marketing Coordinator


Alison Schneider

Planned Giving Associate


Sally Thornton

Major Gifts Officer


Sustainer FAQ


Sustainer FAQ

If you don’t find the information you need on this page, please call us at (763) 489-2210 during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) or send an email message to Our mailing address is Donor Services, Animal Humane Society, 845 Meadow Lane North, Golden Valley, MN 55422.

Fundraising events


Fundraising events

Animal Humane Society holds three signature fundraising events each year:

Whisker Whirl

Don't miss this gala fundraiser for Animal Humane Society. What could be better on a cold night in February than a night out with your best friend at your side?

Walk for Animals

Something as simple as a walk becomes so much more when you share it with your companion animal — and even better yet when you share it with your animal loving community! The Walk for Animals raises $1 million for animals in need.

Wine Dinner

An evening of fine wine and fine dining with the Twin Cities top chefs.

Discover what love can do


Why support Animal Humane Society?

Discover what love can do

Animal Humane Society (AHS) has served Minnesota for more than 135 years with a mission to engage the hearts, hands and minds of the community to help animals.

Throughout our history in the Upper Midwest, Minnesota, and beyond our borders, AHS has demonstrated what love can do for animals and the people who reach out to help them. Today, AHS ensures that “humane” means the best of treatment, the best of service, and the best of animal protection and cruelty prevention in the 21st century.

AHS began at a time when creating a humane world held a very different meaning. Horse drawn carriages plied the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Industrialization crowded cities across Europe and North America. When the prairies gave way to farming in our rich river valleys, animal welfare organizations emerged to help balance the needs of companion and working animals in a changing world.

What love of animals did then—paving the way for the best outcomes for animals in the day—is what love of animals does today through AHS and the generosity of its ardent and loyal donors, volunteers and advocates.  

Your support and involvement keeps AHS’s innovative spirit at work in our day, making AHS the largest animal welfare organization in the Upper Midwest and a national leader in sheltering and responding to the needs of animals.

Innovations in shelter management, mobile spay/neuter programs, and behavioral and educational services for pets and their families are moving us towards our goal of 90% placement of animals.

Helping people keep their pets in their homes and making more pets ready for adoption means that today AHS has the resources to save and place animals with health, injury and behavioral issues that we would not have been able to treat just a few years ago. Animal investigations, public information campaigns and public policy work reduce the incidence of animal cruelty. AHS is reaching across our state borders to help rescue animals from puppy mills and natural disasters. Housing, veterinary care, vaccinations, spay/neuter, and collaring and tagging help AHS create happy endings to these animal stories.

Yet these successes only begin to tell the story of what love can do when it comes to animals. With your help, so much more is possible, including: 

  • Increasing rehabilitative services, and delivering more advanced levels of veterinary and behavioral care when the need arises
  • Expanding outreach efforts by extending the availability of  affordable spay/neuter programs to eliminate unwanted litters,  especially where poverty affects quality of life for people and pets
  • Providing more educational opportunities so that children can learn life lessons of responsibility and empathy through humane education and every community benefits from a healthy, well cared for pet population
  • Continuing to innovate in-shelter services for greater ease of adoption and assistance with surrender
  • Reaching out across Minnesota and beyond to respond when animal crises strike and provide our expertise when partners call for help
  • Leading the way in awareness, advocacy and action where animal health is at risk and policy choices can make a difference

Make a difference

In fiscal year 2014, we are relying on generous donors to make AHS a charitable priority and to join with 50,000 other individuals, families, businesses and foundations to provide more than $8.7 million in financial support for these services.

When a dog or cat from AHS becomes a family member, a commitment, a bond of trust, and a world of new experiences comes into the home, too. Children learn responsibility and empathy, seniors find comfort, and family memories are transformed by the presence of well-loved pets. To ensure that the pet population in our region is well served – meaning humane treatment is available to all pets and companion animals – we rely on AHS to lead the way.

The challenges of our modern world are surely different than in generations past. But abandoned, unwanted and suffering animals still arrive every day at AHS.

With your help, AHS can provide the love and care necessary to undo this damage. When we feel the joy and healing presence of companion animals in our lives, we can be grateful for the knowledge that AHS is educating every generation, and making life better for each and every animal, for the people who love them, and for the communities whose quality of life is enriched by the work we do.

Matching gifts


Matching gifts

Hundreds of companies will match the charitable gifts made by their employees or retirees. Both large companies and small businesses match.

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Donate items we can recycle


Donate items we can recycle

Recycle items from your home to help the animals!

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