January 8, 2013
Animal Humane Society kicked off the New Year with several adoptions within the first few hours of opening in 2013. Each of our five locations celebrated their own very first adoption of 2013.
Since Superstorm Sandy made landfall on October 29, people along the East Coast have been struggling to pick up the pieces. The storm left many feeling completely helpless and caring for a pet in those circumstances can be all the more overwhelming.
The ASPCA has been assisting in affected areas by rescuing animals, reuniting them with their families, distributing supplies and providing veterinary care. They opened an emergency boarding facility in Brooklyn for pets that were unable to return home after Sandy. This free temporary shelter aims to lessen the burden on storm victims and help keep hundreds of families together as they work to get their lives back in order.
The ASPCA contacted Animal Humane Society in December, asking if we could assist in caring for the animals over the holidays, a time when volunteer support can be challenging to find. Four AHS staff graciously volunteered to spend a week in New York at the emergency boarding facility, cleaning, feeding and caring for more than 100 displaced animals.
“We know what an important part of family our pets are so it was rewarding to help these animals and their families during this difficult time,” says Sara Hirschfeld, animal technician supervisor at Animal Humane Society. “We were able to spend a lot of one-on-one time with the animals and provide special treats and enrichment to make them as comfortable as possible while they wait.”
The team witnessed several touching stories, including meeting a man who lost both his business and his home in the storm. His dog Magnus was staying at the shelter and he traveled four hours round trip each day to visit him. He became such a regular that he even started helping out while he was there. The staff and volunteers got to know him and took up a collection to personally help him get back on his feet. “It was great to see people like him visiting their animals and knowing that at a time when everything is such a mess, their pets are in good hands,” says Sara.
Where can you get dressed to the nines and take your canine out to dinner with the fabulous company of other animal lovers and pups? At Whisker Whirl – the place for pooches and people to see and be seen!
This year’s event is Saturday, February 23 at the Depot in downtown Minneapolis. Don’t miss out on the event that has become the talk of the town among pet lovers! Reserve your tickets today and join us for a glittering night to help the thousands of animals that come through our doors each year.
There’s still time to register your child for our Unleashed President's Day Camp on February 18. This one-day camp is available to kids in grades 3-6 at our Golden Valley location, and grades 3-4 at our Woodbury and Coon Rapids locations. Learn more about this fun-filled day your child won’t want to miss!
And here’s a great way for your kids to spend their Spring Break – Animal Humane Society and Stages Theatre Company have partnered together to give your child a new and unique camp experience. Campers in grades 3-6 will participate in a variety of animal-related activities and will work together to produce a play that they will perform at the end of the week. Reserve your child’s spot today!
When our friends at Purina found themselves with a large amount of Purina Dog Chow available for donation just before the holidays, they called us hoping we could help find a way to distribute it to families with pets in need. We connected with Second Harvest Heartland, the largest hunger relief organization in the Upper Midwest, and facilitated arrangements to receive the donation.
Second Harvest received 36,000 pounds of Purina Dog Chow right before Christmas, making it available through its network of food shelves. The donation is helping families who may sometimes struggle with the ability to feed their pets.
Animal Humane Society is teaming up with the University of Minnesota Women's Basketball team to "Burst the Barn" at Williams Arena! If the Gophers reach their goal of 5,000 people in attendance, Coach Pam Borton will give a $1,000 donation to AHS. Come watch the team play against Big Ten rival, Nebraska, on Sunday, January 20 for a special price of $10 for two tickets to the game.