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December 3, 2013

Believe you can make a difference

When we first looked into Vida’s eyes, we saw a sweet, gentle girl who desperately wanted a second chance. This 8-year-old Border Collie mix was one of 42 dogs Animal Humane Society rescued from a puppy mill. The dogs lived in horrible conditions, crammed into cages and bred over and over again to produce puppies to sell.

When Vida entered Animal Humane Society’s care, she was examined by our veterinary staff and they quickly realized she was both deaf and fearful of humans. We knew Vida had a long road ahead of her, but her hopeful eyes told us she just needed a little extra care and attention.

She’d never travelled in a car, encountered a doorway or even gone on a walk when she came to us. She had to learn how to overcome her fear of even the most basic of tasks, like walking on a leash. Our behavior and training staff, with help from our patient adoption preparation volunteers, spent over a month giving her special care to help overcome her shyness and teaching her to trust people. Slowly but surely, she became more comfortable interacting with the volunteers.

When Vida was ready for adoption, we knew it would take someone special to give her the love she had never experienced before. Before long, a couple fell in love with this sweet girl. They already had two dogs, one of whom was also deaf, and were dedicated to giving Vida the time she needed to heal. Now Vida is living happy and healthy in her new home, and experiencing many joys she never knew existed. She enjoys long naps snuggled up on a warm couch and playing with her two new furry siblings.

Many of the animals that come through our doors are healthy and adopted within a few days, but some require extra care. These animals deserve their second chance too. Through your kindness, we will continue to give specialized care to animals that need extra time and attention. With your generosity, we will remain steadfast in taking a stand against animal cruelty in our community. Your compassion allows us to give animals like Vida the second chances they deserve.

As we approach the end of the year, your support is more important than ever! During this season of giving, please make a year-end gift to continue supporting life-saving services for animals in our community.

A home for the holidays

With careful consideration, the holidays may be a special time to bring home a pet. Families looking to add a pet to their household should consider their lifestyle, schedule and means. Parents with young children should be ready and eager to assume care for the pet and be a positive role model for pet ownership.

If you are not quite ready to commit, but would like to give the gift of pet adoption, a great alternative is an Animal Humane Society gift certificate. The recipient can use the gift certificate to adopt a pet of their choosing and purchase pet supplies.

Once your family is ready to bring home a new pet, please consider adopting from one of our five locations. You can view all of our adoptable animals on our website.

Here are a few of the very special animals currently awaiting adoption at AHS:

Bocephus, known as his nickname “Bo-Bo,” is a 1-year-old Coonhound mix available at our Buffalo location. He loves playing with people and toys, and did great with kids, other dogs, and housetraining in his foster home. He’s seeking someone who will cuddle up with him on the couch, provide an endless supply of stuffed animals, and take him on car rides with the window down.

Wiley is a 7-year-old Domestic Longhair cat available at our Golden Valley location. This delightful ball of fluff loves being petted and will show his appreciation with a loud purr. He was found as a stray and is excited to settle into a warm home. Stop by for a chat with Wiley, he may just demonstrate his famous meow that is vaguely reminiscent of a frog!

Why have one rabbit when you can have two? Neige and Noir are buddy bunnies available at our St. Paul location. Neige is a 1-year-old Mini-Lop and Noir is a 1-year-old Lionhead. They are seeking a serene home where they can relax and hang out together for years to come. Rabbits make great pets for both children and adults, and Neige and Noir will likely adapt well to any gentle family.

Bear is a 1-year-old Pit Bull Terrier/Lab mix available at our Woodbury location. This lovable guy adores everyone he meets and charms them with his calm demeanor and social personality. He did well with another dog in his previous home and appears to be housetrained. Bear loves to be the center of attention and would love to be the center of your world!

Forest is a 3-year-old Domestic Medium Hair cat available at our Coon Rapids location. He’s a gentle soul who gives excellent hugs and enjoys the occasional belly rub. Forest was found as a stray and was friendly with a puppy and 2-year-old child before coming to AHS. All he wants this holiday season is a loving person to curl up on the couch with.

Giving thanks to our volunteer heroes

The holiday season is a great time to express appreciation and there is so much to be grateful for here at AHS. Of the many things for which we give thanks are the dedicated volunteers who are crucial to our success. This past fiscal year, 1,766 volunteers contributed 119,007 hours to help the animals in our care!

If you want to join this incredible team of volunteers, learn more about volunteer opportunities available at AHS. Our greatest current volunteer needs include daytime weekday adoption support and foster caregivers. Kindest Cut is also seeking volunteers, especially daytime volunteers to help with laundry and surgical instrument preparation as well as patient transport. Click here to apply to volunteer with Kindest Cut.

Check out the newest edition of Animal Tracks

The Fall 2013/Winter 2014 issue of Animal Tracks has hit the newsstands. The magazine features a story about the 133 dogs rescued from Pine River this past July, as well as a story about three very special animal heroes adopted from AHS that have helped their new families through challenging times. If you haven’t already received a copy of the magazine in the mail, you can read it online here.

Also, for the first time, our annual Report to the Community is included as part of Animal Tracks. You can also find and download the Fiscal Year 2013 report here.

Unleashed Presidents' Day Camp
Registration begins December 9!

Looking for a fun way to keep your animal-loving kids busy on Presidents’ Day? Bring them to our Unleashed Presidents’ Day Camp! The one-day camp includes a variety of animal-related activities, with a special emphasis on leadership traits such as character, teamwork and service, as well as how to make the world a better place for people and animals.  

The camp is for kids in grades 3-6 and runs from 9am—4pm on February 17. Click here for more info. Registration begins December 9!

Share the Love with Subaru

“Share the Love” this holiday season by visiting Animal Humane Society on Sunday, December 8 to support the animals that need it most.

There are two ways you can share the love on this day – by adopting or donating: 


  • Share the love by giving a deserving animal a new home just in time for the holidays. Adopters on this day will receive a free pet photo with Santa, a free pet travel kit (while supplies last), and chances to win a stocking stuffed with gifts for your new pet.
  • Share the love by helping us fill a Subaru with items from our wish list that will benefit the animals in our care.

The Subaru Share the Love adoption and donation drive runs from 11am—2pm on Sunday, December 8. The event is only at AHS’s Golden Valley location and the first 50 visitors beginning at 11am will receive a free travel mug.

This event is made possible by a grant from the ASPCA, with funding provided by Subaru. To learn more about the “Share the Love” campaign, visit

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