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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.”

 

Anonymous

$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.”

 

Anonymous

$1,000 match

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

 

Anonymous

$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 Coon Rapids! Call Jo at 763-432-4848 to arrange a drop off. Animal Humane Society will then distribute these shelters to the communities in need.

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 p.m.) or send an email message to giving@animalhumanesociety.org. Our mailing address is Donor Services, Animal Humane Society, 845 Meadow Lane North, Golden Valley, MN 55422.

Animal Humane Society contacted me to ask for an updated expiration date for my debit or credit card. How should I reply?

There are several ways to reply.

  • Call Donor Services at (763) 489‐2210 during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:00 p.m.).
  • If you received a letter requesting updated information, you may use the form and postage paid envelope to respond.
  • You may send Animal Humane Society a letter with the information. Our address is Sustainer Services, Animal Humane Society, 845 Meadow Lane North, Golden Valley, MN 55422

If my card expiration date changed but my card number did not change, why do I have to give Animal Humane Society my card number again?

Animal Humane Society adheres to all laws and regulations pertaining to its handling of donor credit and debit card account information. Payment Card Industry (PCI) regulations require that Animal Humane Society not store your actual credit card information on its computers, so when you provide your new expiration date we also need the card number.

I’d like to change the monthly amount I have been giving.

Please visit animalhumanesociety.org/change for a secure page where you can enter your new monthly amount; or call Member Services at (763) 489-2210 during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:00 p.m.).

I’d like to make a single contribution in addition to my monthly giving.

Call Donor Services at (763) 489-2210 during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:00 p.m.).

I’d like to update the credit/debit card for my monthly giving.

Call Donor Services at (763) 489-2210 during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). If you received a letter requesting updated information, you may use the form and postage paid envelope to respond.

I’d like to skip the next few payments of my monthly giving.

You can skip monthly payments at any time. Just call us at (763) 489-2210 during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.). You may also send a message to giving@animalhumanesociety.org. If you use the email option, please be certain you receive a message back from us letting you know that we have fulfilled your request.

I’d like to completely stop my monthly contribution.

You can stop your monthly giving at any time. Just call us at (763) 489-2210 during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.). You may also send a message to giving@animalhumanesociety.org. If you use the email option, please be certain you receive a message back from us letting you know that we have fulfilled your request. Or, if you prefer, send a letter to Donor Services, Animal Humane Society, 845 Meadow Lane North, Golden Valley, MN 55422

Are my monthly donations tax deductible?

Your contribution to Animal Humane Society is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. In January, Animal Humane Society will send you written confirmation of your contribution during the previous calendar year. Please consult your tax advisor or attorney for information about specific situations.

Will Animal Humane Society sell my name to companies or other nonprofits?

Animal Humane Society we will not sell, trade or share your name, email address or other contact information with any other organization.

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.

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!

Crafts Projects

Crafts projects for the animals

The Animal Humane Society takes great care of the animals living in our shelters, but that's still no substitute for a loving home. You can help them feel more at home while they're in the shelters with a few easy crafts projects.

Make blankets to keep cats cozy. Cut out a piece of double-sided fleece that is 24-36 inches square (exact size is not important).  If you want, you can cut fringes on the sides.  For a thicker blanket, stack two squares of fleece and sew the edges or tie the fringes together.  (Please note: do not add catnip!  While catnip can be a fun treat for cats in homes, the hyper behavior it often produces is not a good thing for cats in a shelter environment.)
 
Make toys to entertain cats.  Decorate empty plastic eggs or ping pong balls with permanent makers. These simple rolling toys are popular entertainment for shelter cats!

Make heating pads for animals recovering from surgery. Take a 10" square piece of cotton material (cotton only!), fold it in half (right sides together), and sew one short end and up the long side. Use a scant 1/2" SA. Turn right side out. This makes a little sack to which you add 12oz. (about 1 3/4 cups) uncooked long grain white rice. NO converted, brown or "minute" rice PLEASE! Now turn in the SA on the remaining open end and finish with sewing across it, locking your stitches so the rice can't get out. Take another cotton square cut a little bigger, say 10 1/2" X 11 1/2". This is going to be the little pillowcase to put the rice bag in. I used a plaid cotton flannel. Sew up this piece like you did the sack, only finish off the open end like on a pillowcase on your bed. This will be what can get washed if it gets soiled. The rice bag itself cannot be washed once the rice has been added.

 

Donated items can be brought to the customer service counter at any AHS location during regular business hours; no appointment is necessary. Groups are also welcome to schedule a tour of one of our facilities at the time they bring in their donations. Tours last approximately 1 hour; there is a $1/person fee, with a $15 minimum, for tours. Our tour schedules fill up quickly, so please schedule tours at least 2 weeks in advance.
 

Third Party Fundraisers

Third party fundraisers

Animal Humane Society is fortunate for the great generosity and support of people and organizations throughout the Twin Cities. Often, people spend their own time, money, and effort organizing a fundraiser to benefit our shelters. These fundraisers vary in type and size, but include lemonade stands, car washes, golf tournaments, and more.

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