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October 1, 2013

Reserve your seat at AHS’s premier dining event

The top chefs in the Twin Cities are coming together for one night to give you an unforgettable dining experience. Join us at AHS’s Wine Dinner on Friday, November 1 at The Saint Paul Hotel. Enjoy exceptional courses crafted by these culinary artists, paired with fine wines from The Cellars Wines & Spirits.

Tickets are now available so reserve your seats today! You won’t want to miss this extraordinary evening of fine food, exquisite wines, and an opportunity to bid on exclusive auction items – all to support the programs and services of Animal Humane Society.

AHS still caring for more than 200 dogs rescued from abuse

More than 130 dogs and puppies rescued from filthy, inhumane conditions at a northern Minnesota breeding facility in July — and more than 70 additional puppies born to those dogs since then — are still waiting for a verdict on their future.

Eleven weeks ago, these dogs were suffering in sweltering heat with little shade and no clean water, eating moldy food and living in muck and manure.

Today they are safe and comfortable in our shelters — getting veterinary care and the love and attention of our staff and volunteers as we await a court decision that will send them either back to that grim breeding facility or to happy new beginnings.

As the court considers the fate of these dogs, our staff and volunteers are spending hundreds of hours each week helping them recover from the suffering they endured in Pine River. Many of the dogs continue to face medical issues, and some will need long-term help from our adoption preparation team and trusted rescue partners.

We will continue to provide updates on these dogs as the legal aspects of this case are settled. Click here to learn how you can help us with the rising costs of housing, feeding, and caring for the Pine River rescue dogs.

A new home for Momo

I've never owned a rabbit before, but Momo has been the perfect first rabbit. She is very definite in her opinions, often hilariously so, and has definite preferences. She and my cat get along wonderfully – they snuggle and groom each other, and if the cat is in the way then 4-pound Momo will move her. Momo's favorite toy is a paper towel tube. The first time she found one she nibbled it, then flung it across the room and played fetch with herself for the next hour. She's more stubborn and pig-headed than any cat I've met, but she will do anything for a raisin, and learns tricks very quickly. I don't really believe in fate, but I was incredibly lucky to walk into AHS on the day I did and adopt Momo!

Story submitted by Lisa H.

Keeping your pets safe this Halloween

Get ready in advance. Even if your pet enjoys company, especially children, the constant thumping on the door and shouts of “Trick or Treat!” may be more than he’s ready for. If your dog likes treats, you can help him prepare ahead of time by having someone knock on the door (quietly, at first), then feed Fido a treat. Repeat frequently, increasing the volume of the knocking each time until even loud thumping doesn’t scare him. 

Protect fearful pets. If your pet is shy/fearful by nature, now is not the time to try to make her a social butterfly; simply plan to confine her in a safe, quiet room, as far away from the commotion as possible. Play a radio, TV or white-noise machine to muffle the footsteps and voices. If you welcome visitors inside, do not allow them to disturb her.

Play dress-up. Putting on different costumes (or parts of costumes) while interacting with – and feeding – your pet will gradually prepare him for the masks, plastic swords and dragging capes he may see on Halloween. The more your pet associates strange new things with positive rewards, the more relaxed he’ll be.

Look out for hazards. Unattended candles and pets don’t mix! Loose pets, in addition, can gobble up chocolate (which is toxic to them), knock over children, race outside or get slammed in the door. Keep your pet either in her crate, in a safe room, or on-leash with you.  

Safety first. If you intend to take your dog Trick-or-Treating with the kids, plan to have her on-leash and under an adult’s control. Even if children are physically able to control the dog (a small breed, for example), they are not experienced enough to predict and manage her behavior. If something goes seriously wrong (the dog gets loose, fights with another dog, snaps at another child, etc.), you – the owner – are responsible for your dog’s behavior.

In short, planning ahead can make all the difference between a fun evening and a hair-raising ordeal! Remember that there is nothing wrong with putting your pets in a safe room so that everyone can have a good time. Have a happy and safe Halloween!

More Treats



October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month and we know a great way you can celebrate. Visit any of Animal Humane Society’s five adoption centers and find your perfect canine match!

Scratching Post


It's not too late to sign your kids up for our PetSet Youth Club. Your animal-loving 5th-7th graders won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to learn about animal welfare while developing leadership and community service skills.

Our Golden Valley location is running low on shredded paper - perhaps you can help? If you can donate some shredded paper to help keep the animals comfortable, please drop it off at the Incoming Animals entrance of our Golden Valley AHS location. No confetti shred please. Thank you!