Third Party Fundraisers

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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.

Legacy Circle Members

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The Animal Humane Society would like to honor the following who have thoughtfully provided fo the long term financial future of the Animal Humane Society and the homeless animals we serve by including them in their estate planning

Loved for Life

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Loved for Life

Animal Humane Society understands that your pets are true family members — providing love, companionship and joy every day. And, like family, you have pledged to care for them for life. But how can you continue to commit to your beloved pets should the unexpected happen, if you became seriously ill or even if they outlive you?

Make an Estate Gift

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Make an estate gift

There are several ways to make an estate gift which will help care for the thousands of animals that become homeless or are abused in our community.  The following are brief descriptions of ways of giving and the Animal Humane Society’s policies regarding designating the purpose of a gift.  For more details, including a "build your gift planner" please visit our Estate and Planned Giving Pages.

The Legacy Circle

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Legacy Circle

Animals give unconditional love, affection and friendship to us every day.  For many of us they have played a vital role in enriching our lives.  By including Animal Humane Society in your estate planning, you help enrich the lives of so many others by supporting our efforts to provide shelter, adoption and humane investigation services to the animals in our community.

Privacy policy

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Privacy policy

Animal Humane Society (AHS) is the leading animal welfare organization in the Upper Midwest dedicated to engaging and serving local and regional communities of people and animals. Through comprehensive programs and services, Animal Humane Society provides resources that compassionately serve all the stages of an animal’s life.

AHS is an independent, nonprofit organization. It is not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States or any other national humane group such as the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and it receives no support from them. AHS does not receive funding from the state of Minnesota, or the counties or cities where its facilities are located. Every dollar raised comes through earned revenue (adoption and program fees, retail sales, and dividends from the for-profit subsidiary, Now Boarding), donations, bequests and special events. 

Contributions from individual donors, corporations and foundations make up approximately 60% of Animal Humane Society’s base of support and our relationship with our contributors is the highest expression of our mutual commitment to the mission of engaging the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals.

AHS respects the privacy of its donors and has put in place a Donor Privacy Policy to honor these rights.  

Donor information

AHS collects and maintains the following types of donor information when it is voluntarily provided to us:

  • Contact information such as name, address, telephone number and e-mail address
  • Giving information
  • Information on events attended, publications received and special requests for program information
  • Information provided by the donor in the form of comments and suggestions


This confidential information is kept on file for IRS purposes. It is also used to analyze overall giving patterns in order to make more accurate budget projections, as well as to understand donors’ interests in our mission and to update them on the organization’s plans and activities. This information is shared with staff, board members, volunteers and consultants only on a confidential and need-to-know basis.

List sharing

Animal Humane Society does not sell, rent, trade or share its donor list with any other organization. AHS never sends out mailings on behalf of other organizations.

Discontinuing contact upon request

It is the policy of AHS to communicate with donors according to their expressed preferences whenever possible. AHS will discontinue or change the method used to contact any person upon that person’s oral or written request directed to the organization, its professional fundraiser, or other agent.

AHS shall maintain a record of all requests by persons who indicate to Animal Humane Society, its professional fundraiser, or other agents, that they do not wish to be contacted by or on behalf of Animal Humane Society.

This policy does not prohibit contact by an individual or group voluntarily soliciting on behalf of Animal Humane Society, even if the person being contacted has requested to be placed on the "do not contact list."

Upon a person’s (or a person’s authorized representative’s) request that Animal Humane Society discontinue further contacts, the person’s name and address will be promptly modified in Animal Humane Society’s donor database to ensure that no further contact is made with the person. Animal Humane Society will also take steps to ensure that no further contact is made with the individual and that the person’s name is removed from any external databases or records under Animal Humane Society’s control.

Permanent Record: Animal Humane Society will maintain an electronic record of all requests for discontinuance of contacts, effective with the adoption of this policy by Animal Humane Society’s board of directors. Oral requests will be noted in writing by the staff of Animal Humane Society and then permanently recorded in the electronic donor database. The records of persons who have made such a request will be maintained by Animal Humane Society to the extent necessary for legal or liability purposes.

Donor Bill of Rights

AHS subscribes to the Donor Bill of Rights, which was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits.

Donor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

I. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

III. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

Donate to our wish list

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Donate to our wish list

We appreciate donations at all times. Right now we are in need of the following:

For the animals in our care:

  • Gift cards to grocery, pet supply, home improvement, office supply or auto part stores
  • Cage scratchers for cats from StretchandScratch.com
  • Kuranda beds for dogs from Kuranda.com (select AHS as the recipient)
  • Vari-kennels (especially large and x-large)
  • 6 ft. nylon leashes
  • Gentle leaders (m edium and large)
  • Kongs (all sizes especially larger ones)
  • Cat toys without cat nip
  • Dog Treats
  • Towels, wash cloths, and white bath towels
  • Feliway spray
  • Food for birds and critters (parakeet, cockatiel, guinea pig, rat, and mouse)
  • Fresh veggies
  • Timothy hay
  • Plastic bags
  • Puppy training pads
  • Sunny Seat window mounted cat beds
  • Treat puzzle toys
  • Digital food scale
  • Digital Thermometer
  • Snuggle Safe microwave heat pad
  • Soft dog treats
  • Natural Balance Dog Food Rolls
  • Fleece for cat bedding
  • New ping pong balls for  education projects
  • Dog shampoo
  • Waterless shampoo
  • Royal Canin Baby Cat 34 dry food (for weaning kittens)
  • Canned kitten food
  • Greenies Pill Pockets
  • Peanut butter
  • Cheese singles
  • Tongue depressors
  • Distilled water
  • Electric heating pads for exam and surgery
  • Newspapers
  • Digital kitchen scale for weighing foster kittens
  • Digital infant scale
  • Meat-based baby food
  • Canned tuna in water
  • Hot dogs

For our training and behavior specialists:

  • Collapsible tunnels
  • DAP Spray
  • ½” diameter or greater slip leads
    48” high exercise pens
  • Buja Boards

For our wildlife department:

  • Seed mixes - Kaytee brand nut & fruit mix, patio mix
  • Insects - wax worms, meal worms, ect.
  • Mazuri brand duck starter
  • Duck/goose grower
  • Chicken scratch
  • Pigeon/dove seed
  • Nuts (unsalted, any kind)
  • Non-sugared cereals, e.g., Cheerios
  • Pet carriers (any size)
  • Aquariums with lids
  • Baby toys
  • Cat scratching post
  • Heating pads (NOT auto-shut off)
  • Heat bulbs (100 watt, red color)
  • Hand/feet pocket warmers
  • Cloth towels or washcloths
  • Newspaper
  • Vet wrap, micropore or paper tape
  • Gauze
  • Lactate ringers solution
  • Tagaderm (any size)
  • Feather dusters
  • Facial Tissue
  • Toilet paper, paper towels
  • Laundry detergent and bleach
  • Any kind of cleaning solutions or disinfectant
  • Animal dishes - any size, preferably not plastic
    that can be ingested

Cleaning supplies:

  • Bleach
  • Clorox disinfecting wipes
  • Dish soap (regular and automatic)
  • Luron hand cleaner soap
  • Dish cloths and dish towels
  • Laundry detergent
  • Spray bottles with triggers
  • Sponges and scrub pads
  • Paper towels
  • Kleenex
  • Lint rollers
  • Ziplock bags (all sizes, especially gallon)
  • Odor neutralizer spray

Other supplies needed:

  • Batteries (AA, AAA, D, and 9-volt)
  • Fabric scissors for education projects
  • Pet sympathy cards
  • Animal-themed postage stamps 
  • Large wall fans
  • Long zip ties

Items we CANNOT accept:

  • Toner cartridges
  • Old computers and equipment like mice, keyboards, CRT monitors, printers, and scanners
  • Medications and medical supplies like syringes
  • Topical and oral pesticide products for dogs and cats including flea and tick products
  • Flea sprays, powders and foggers for the home
  • Used (already chewed on) dog treats and raw hides
  • Used litter boxes 
  • Confetti shredded paper
  • Old clothing (t-shirts, socks)
  • Comforters, pillows, pillow cases and sheets       
  • Anything broken or missing pieces                           

Charities Review Council

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, minimum group size of 5 persons, for tours. Our tour schedules fill up quickly, so please schedule tours at least 2 weeks in advance.

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