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The clock is ticking for the animals at AHS

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.

The time animals stay in our care varies and depends on the individual animal’s circumstances, but we’re always working to shorten their wait. In March 2009, we launched Bound for Home, a multi-year initiative designed to provide enhanced care to the animals. The goal of the initiative is to ensure all healthy and treatable animals that come through our doors are placed with caring families. We’re doing things differently to provide enriched living environments for the animals and improving the way they move through the different areas of care at our facilities. Making these improvements will ensure high quality care and reduce the length of stay for animals in the shelter. Ultimately, it will reduce euthanasia.

Animal Humane Society locations


4375 Hwy. 55 S.E.
Buffalo, MN 55313
(763) 390-3647

Operating hours

Coon Rapids

1411 Main St. N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
(763) 862-4030

Operating hours

Golden Valley

845 Meadow Ln. N.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
(763) 522-4325

Operating hours

St. Paul

1115 Beulah Ln.
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 645-7387

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9785 Hudson Rd.
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 730-6008

Operating hours

  • Administration
    (763) 522-4325
  • Animal Admissions
    (763) 412-4969
  • Pet Behavior Helpline
    (763) 489-2202
  • Boarding
    (763) 489-2222
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