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February 5, 2013

Support the Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation bill

Animal Humane Society is part of a coalition of Minnesota animal welfare organizations, Speak Up for Dogs and Cats, that is working to pass a state law to require licensing and inspection of commercial dog and cat breeding operations to prevent inhumane breeding practices. Currently, no such law exists.

The coalition supports the Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill (S.F. 36 and H.F. 84, authored by Senator John Marty and Representative John Lesch, respectively). We hope you’ll use your voice for dogs and cats living in inhumane breeding facilities by attending the February 19 rally. Learn more about the rally and the bills here.

Your state senator and state representative want to hear about the issues that are important to you. Respectfully stay in touch with them throughout this process. If you know your legislator is on a committee that is hearing one of the bills, ask them to support it, and continue to express your concerns about inhumane breeding in Minnesota. Find out who represents you and which committee they sit on.

Speak Up for Dogs and Cats - Coalition members include A Rotta Love Plus, Animal Folks MN, Animal Humane Society, Minnesota Animal Control Association, Minnesota Humane Society, Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection, Minnkota Persian Rescue, Pause 4 Paws, Pet Haven Inc. of Minnesota, Retrieve A Golden of Minnesota, Second Chance Animal Rescue and Tri-County Humane Society — plus numerous other supporters, including humane societies, rescue groups, animal control, veterinarians, law enforcement, students, legislators, businesses, and community members representing the interests of Minnesota.

Whisker Whirl is just a few weeks away!

We’re just a few weeks away from the party of the year for people and pups — Whisker Whirl! There’s still time to get your tickets and join us on Saturday, February 23 for this fabulous evening of canine camaraderie at The Depot in downtown Minneapolis.

We’ve got tons of frolicking fun in store for guests including pet photography, a Wine Wall sponsored by Surdyk’s, fabulous food and drinks, and silent and live auctions where you can bid on your favorite getaways, pet and home goods, sports tickets and more.

This night is all about the animals, so we’ll have tasty meals for pets so they can dine tableside. And if your special guest on a leash needs a potty break, we’ll have volunteers available all night to make sure your pup gets a short walk outside.

Proceeds from Whisker Whirl benefit the programs and services at all five Animal Humane Society locations.

Don’t miss out on the event that has become the talk of the town among pet lovers! Reservations are required. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit the Whisker Whirl website or call (763) 432-4842.

New families for Theo and Matilda

Update on Theo
Written by Ellie, 10-years-old

My first time at Animal Humane Society was with my babysitter, my sister and our friends. We were there for hours playing with lots of cats and then we met Theo. Theo is a 13-year-old cat with a heart murmur and had been at Animal Humane Society for a few months.

When it was my turn to pick which cat to play with, I wanted to choose carefully. As soon as I saw Theo, I knew we had to take him out of his cage. Turns out Theo LOVES to snuggle. It was love at first sight. Then we had to go home.

The next week we came back with our grandparents. I showed them Theo and they thought he was cute too. We visited cats for three hours and when my mom came to pick us up we asked if we could take Theo out of his cage to show her. Mom really liked him too.

When we came home from the first day of school, Mom had a surprise for us. “I’ve got news for you,” she said. “Theo has been adopted!" I was a little nervous before she added “by us. He is downstairs.” We rushed down and, sure enough, Theo was sitting on the chair, in our house! I was so happy.

He probably didn’t get adopted before because of his age and his heart murmur, but we love him. We know he won't live as long as a kitty but we know we can give him a good home for the rest of his life. Old cats need homes too and could be the best cat you could ask for!

Update on Matilda
Written by Hazel, 11-years-old

Matilda is an amazing dog. The reason why she is with our family today is because I decided to have a bake sale to raise money for Animal Humane Society.

Before we left to drop off the money, my dad said, “You are not coming home with any animals, right?” My brothers and sister and I all agreed, but when we got there we all immediately fell in love with an Australian Shepherd/Beagle mix named Matilda. She was just six months old and was very nice and kind. We all knew that we could not get her, but we took her out to play anyway.

When we got home, we were given strict orders to go straight upstairs without pleading with my dad. Then my mom called us back downstairs and said they had agreed that they would put Matilda on hold until my dad could see her.

The next day we went to put Matilda on hold but we realized a problem —we were going out of town the next day so there was no time to wait! My mom arranged for someone to stay with her when we were away and she still needed to be spayed, but we could pick her up the next day. When we got home, we had to break the news to my dad that we were getting another dog and he had not even met her.

The next day my parents picked her up and she sat on my mom’s lap the whole way home. That night I was playing with her before leaving for our trip to Glacier National Park and she ran right underneath my legs and I tripped and landed on my wrist. We ended up going to the Emergency Room and all I had was a sprained wrist.

When we got back from our trip, Matilda was very glad to see us. She has been a great dog ever since we got her. She has a few things that she is afraid of like stone gargoyles, fire hydrants and lawn sprinklers. She is one of the best lap dogs, even though she is getting a bit too big to do that now, and she is also great at lying on or under your feet (which she is doing right now to me as I type this). Overall, she is a really special dog.

Put your pet on a greeting card!


You already know your pet is a star — now it’s time to share that adorable face with the world! Animal Humane Society is excited to announce a new partnership with RedStamp, an iPhone and iPad app that allows you to send personalized photo cards right from your phone.

The Animal Humane Society collection contains 12 exciting designs to show off your furriest friend. You can send your card through email, text, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or for $1.99 you can send an actual card in the mail. Proceeds from the collection go back to support the programs and services of AHS.

If you already have the Red Stamp app installed, you'll need to upgrade to the newest version to see the Animal Humane Society collection. Check out some of the AHS designs below! Click to enlarge each image.

Unleashed summer camp – registration begins Feb 15!


You may feel like summer will never arrive with the frigid temperatures we’ve been experiencing, but now is the time to start planning for summer vacation and get your animal-loving kids signed up for Animal Humane Society’s Unleashed Summer Camp.

Unleashed is a fun, educational camp experience for kids entering grades 3-10. Campers will spend a full week immersed in animal-themed fun including educational activities, animal interactions, visits from special guests, field trips, and more.

Camp sessions are available at all five AHS locations. Registration begins February 15. Space is limited and many sessions fill up quickly so register early. Contact Education online or call (763) 489-2220 for more information.

Book publication to benefit AHS


Kristi Skordahl, a long-time AHS volunteer and former board member, is the author of a new book, And Then She Was Happy: A Book About Divorce, and is donating to AHS the profits from sales of the book at two upcoming events. The first event is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 7 at SubText: A Bookstore in St. Paul. A second event is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at Valley Bookseller in Stillwater. At the second event, dogs are welcome and the bookstore will also donate a portion of its profits to AHS. The event schedule will be updated on the book’s website.

“I saw the publication of this book as a great opportunity to give back to Animal Humane Society because it has been an important part of my life for many years,” says Skordahl.

Skordahl, who lives in St. Paul with a pair of cats (Prickly Pete and Pollyanna), and who recently lost her beloved Airedale Henry, first worked at AHS as a volunteer dog walker in the 1990s and still serves as a foster volunteer for cats. She was on the AHS board from 2006 until the end of 2012. Prior to that, she served on the board of the St. Paul and Woodbury shelters.

More Treats



Show your love for animals by indulging in dessert at Pizza Luce on Valentine’s Day — 100% of all dessert sales that day will be donated to Animal Humane Society!

Space is still available in our Presidents Day Camp on February 18 and Spring Break camps in March and April. Reserve your child’s spot today!

Scratching Post

Want to get away for a long weekend? Bring your pet to Animal House and receive 3 nights for the price of 2! Not only will your pet receive personalized care by our animal-loving staff, but they can enjoy special “extras” like long walks, frozen treats and individual play time sessions.