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Common misconceptions about AHS

Misconceptions in animal welfare are common for a variety of different reasons. Whether the misconceptions stem from long-held beliefs about shelters or inaccurate information in the community, we at Animal Humane Society want you to be informed about our organization and the realities of the work we do.

Below are a few of the most common misconceptions you will hear and the truth about each one:

MISCONCEPTION: Animal Humane Society euthanizes animals for convenience

Truth:  We grieve for every animal that we must euthanize, and we never make the decision to euthanize lightly. But because we accept every animal that comes to us, we are often faced with that decision. Few people want to adopt a pet that has a severe illness or an untreatable medical condition or worse. Read more »

MISCONCEPTION: Animal Humane Society refuses to work with other animal welfare organizations

Truth:  The truth is we’re grateful to have help. Of course we're always working to realize fewer animals euthanized, but we are also committed to placing only healthy, treatable and safe animals in the community and to protect the hundreds of other animals already in our care. Read more »

MISCONCEPTION: Animal Humane Society receives tax dollars from the government

Truth:  We’re self-supporting. We don’t get entitlement funds from city, county, state or federal sources. Read more »

MISCONCEPTION: Animal Humane Society picks and chooses the animals it takes in

Truth: Animal Humane Society is here for every animal. Every animal. We don’t turn away animals because we lack space, or because they’re aggressive or fearful, chronically ill or too old, the wrong color or un-housetrained. Read more »

MISCONCEPTION: Animal Humane Society doesn't scan animals for microchips

Truth: All animals are scanned when they are brought to Animal Humane Society—even if they are surrendered by their family. They are again scanned during their examination and again if it is determined they are unhealthy or untreatable and need to be humanely euthanized. Read more »

MISCONCEPTION: Now Boarding jeopardizes care of animals at Animal Humane Society

Truth:  On the contrary! Now Boarding, a pet boarding and dog day care center near the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, is a for-profit business owned by Animal Humane Society and operated by an independent staff. Profits from Now Boarding will get distributed back to Animal Humane Society to support our non-profit operations. Read more »

MISCONCEPTION: Animal Humane Society provides animals for research testing

Truth:  We exist to make the world a more humane place for animals. We oppose the pound seizure law* and believe sending animals to research facilities for biomedical testing and research goes against our mission and values. Read more »

MISCONCEPTION: Animal Humane Society makes money off the backs of animals

Truth:  First, you have to remember we are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is consistently given good marks by the Charities Review Council and Charity Navigator. Read more »

MISCONCEPTION: Animal Humane Society is a local chapter of the HSUS, ASPCA or PETA

Truth:  We’re completely independent and local to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. We’re not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States or any other national group, which means we don’t get any financial support from them—or the government either. Read more »

MISCONCEPTION: The clock is ticking for the animals at Animal Humane Society

Truth: The only time limit imposed on the animals at Animal Humane Society is the five-day stray hold. This time period is provided to give the animal’s owner time to locate the pet before we consider it for placement. Other than the stray hold, there is no time limit placed on the animals that come to our shelters. No animal is ever euthanized because it ran out of time. Read more »

MISCONCEPTION: Animal Humane Society is full of sick and abused animals

Truth:  Historically, few resources were available to provide high quality medical care to animals prior to adoption. That is no longer the case. Read more »

MISCONCEPTION: Animal Humane Society provides low-cost veterinary services to the public

Truth: Animal Humane Society is eager to provide affordable services to people in the community who currently can’t afford access to services at private veterinary practices. Unfortunately, Minnesota law has requirements that make it difficult for us to practice veterinary medicine for animals owned by the public. This means we currently can’t directly offer low-cost spaying or neutering services to the public. Read more »