On last year’s Give to the Max Day, more than 1,700 animal lovers generously contributed nearly $195,000 to Animal Humane Society in just 24 hours. These funds helped us care for animals like Keegan, a 10-year-old Husky needing dental extractions and other medical attention, before finding him a loving home.
There are several incentives to give this year, making sure your dollars have a lasting impact on the lives of all the animals that come to us in need. Here are the ways you can maximize your donation on Give to the Max Day:
We hope you will include Animal Humane Society in your Give to the Max Day plans. Later this week this year's AHS Give to the Max Day mascot, Max, will help us show you some of the great things your support will do for animals in need.
First though, Max wants to let you know about an exciting new feature that allows you to schedule your donation in advance. Max is proud to announce that an anonymous donor is so excitied about this feature that they have agreed to match all scheduled donations, up to $2,500. By scheduling your donation today, you can guarantee we’ll get the day started on a great note!
We’re excited to show the world how generous animal loving Minnesotans are during our state’s largest day of giving!
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider adopting a senior pet:
5 reasons to adopt a senior dog:
5 reasons to adopt a senior cat:
If you want to experience the joys of owning an older pet, check out some of the older animals currently available for adoption at Animal Humane Society.
Story submitted by Tina
When Reggie passed away, his empty bowls, toys, collar, leash and a bag of dog food rested in a laundry basket in our mudroom. Passing by them several times a day made us sad, so one Saturday we decided to take them to Animal Humane Society.
We arrived at AHS in St. Paul and donated the items, then went in to just take a quick look at the dogs. We were greeted with a combination of yelps and barks, but one dog was lying down, head on her paws, perfectly quiet and looking quite forlorn. I continued on, but behind me I heard Jim saying “Well now, you better show a little more energy and interest if you're ever gonna find a home.”
As he spoke, I turned to see the dog lift its head, tilt it slightly, and look directly at my husband. A connection had been made and the dog seemed to know what Jim was saying! A staff woman approached and said the dog's name was Bianca and that we could take her into a room to visit.
I knew Jim and I both wanted to, but what were we thinking? I didn't want a dog yet. And even if I did, I would want a puppy and they estimated Bianca to be four years old. We also found out that Bianca was from Kentucky and that she was being treated for heartworm.
As we visited with her, I couldn't believe I was actually telling my husband that I wouldn't be averse to taking her as ours! (And that was an understatement — I really wanted this dog!) So the next thing I knew, Jim was filling out the paperwork as I picked out a collar and leash and some new dog food. Sure, we probably could have just asked for the return of Reggie's things, but we knew the shelter could use them. Plus, shouldn't a girl dog have something new? Once in the car, Bianca climbed right up to the front and sat in my lap the whole way home. She was not really a ‘lap-dog’ at fifty-some pounds, so this made her all the more endearing.
After we acquainted Bianca with the inside of her new home, Jim took her out to the backyard. I soon heard him calling my name. I went outside and there lay Bianca in the grass, completely on her back with her legs in the air. At first she was perfectly still, and then she slowly turned her head from side to side, followed by a stretch of the neck, legs pointed to the sky the whole time. “At first I thought something was wrong,” explained Jim, “But look at her! It's obvious that she's just in heaven to lie on the grass like this.”
Bianca is a very happy dog with a happy family. She enjoys a wonderful neighborhood of parks and trails here in the metro area and also some hunting land and a lake place up north. We love her to pieces — and to think I ever thought that we weren’t ready for another dog! We will never forget our Reggie and I can't help but think that ol' Reg would be glad that we found Bianca, especially since it was donating his items that led us to her.
The holiday season is a time to express appreciation for the people and things in our lives. At Animal Humane Society, we find that there is so much to be grateful for in the course of our work. Of the many things for which we give thanks are the dedicated volunteers who are crucial to our success. This past fiscal year, 1,671 volunteers contributed 112,404 hours to help the animals in our care!
Our greatest current volunteer needs include daytime weekday adoption support and daytime volunteers to help Kindest Cut with paperwork and phone calls in Golden Valley. Apply to volunteer with Kindest Cut, or learn more about other volunteer opportunities available at AHS.
The holidays will be here faster than your pet can scoot back inside on a cold morning. Check out these great gift ideas:
If holiday shopping isn’t your thing, here are some other ways you can help support the animals of AHS this holiday season: