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June 4, 2013

The animals need your help!

As we near the end of our fiscal year, we are so grateful for friends like you who believe in our important work and help us to be a leader in animal welfare. Your support has brought us far this year, but we still have an important goal to reach. We have just $200,000 to go to reach our fiscal year goal and we need your help! Please make a gift by June 30th and help us continue to change the lives of countless animals.

AHS helps in Michigan puppy mill rescue

A team from Animal Humane Society traveled to Lake City, Michigan to assist the ASPCA in rescuing more than 150 dogs from a puppy mill, a large-scale breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the animals. They helped set up temporary housing for the dogs, provided medical care and helped feed them. The team then brought 42 dogs back to Golden Valley where they will be adopted into new homes. The rest of the animals were taken and are being placed by animal welfare organizations in Michigan and Ohio.

The dogs, mostly Jack Russell terriers, came from two separate locations owned by a large, substandard, unlicensed breeding facility. The removal of the animals is a result of a civil action prompted by violation of Michigan’s Dog Law, and was led by the Missaukee County Sheriff’s Office and the Roscommon County Animal Shelter.

The puppies and dogs that were brought to Animal Humane Society will receive additional veterinary care, spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchips, and eventually make their way to AHS’s five adoption centers. The dogs from this particular rescue will be marked with a heart icon on AHS’s adoption website.

(Photos courtesy of ASPCA)

Cats take the spotlight in June

June is Adopt a Cat Month and there are so many felines waiting for new homes at Animal Humane Society. We can’t think of a more purrfect time to visit our adoption centers and see if one of these cats is right for you. Here are a few you may want to consider:

Chata is a 10-year-old Domestic Medium Hair cat available for adoption at our St. Paul location. This sweet cat is so affectionate and loves people.  She’s currently hanging out in the cat colony room and will come running over to greet you and rub and purr while you visit with her. She also likes to have her face scratched in just the right spot!

Minky is a 2-year-old Domestic Shorthair cat available for adoption at our Golden Valley location. While she is a bit more reserved in her kennel, she really opens up when you take her out to play. Give her a ping pong ball and you’ll think she was a kitten again with her playful energy and hilarious antics! 

Tank is a 6-year-old Domestic Shorthair cat available for adoption at our Woodbury location. He loves attention and will greet every person who goes into his colony room in the adoption center. Tank weighs in at 25 pounds, so he needs an adopter that is willing to work on getting his weight down. While he's not much for playing, Tank gets his exercise by socializing with humans. Tank will make a great snuggle buddy and a loyal friend.

Cheech is a 3-year-old Domestic Shorthair cat available for adoption at our Buffalo location. He has been with us for more than 30 days, earning him the status of “Forget-me-not.” Cheech is a laid back and mellow cat who loves watching the birds outside the window. He also gets a kick out of chasing feather toys. It’s about time this cool cat found a loving home!

Daisy is a 1-year-old Domestic Longhair cat available for adoption at our Coon Rapids location. She’s in need of a new home after her previous family member had to give her up due to health issues. Daisy has lived successfully with other cats in her previous home. She may seem shy at first, but can also be very playful. One of her favorite games is laser tag!

Winning the cat lottery

Update on Frank submitted by Katherine W.

On a very, very cold winter night in February (-32 with wind-chill to be exact) I decided to venture out to the Saint Paul Animal Humane Society to check out the cats available for adoption.  When I walked in, I was greeted by some very friendly staff members and then walked over to view the cats.  As I strolled by the kennels, I saw a wide variety of felines. All had unique qualities, but there was one that stood out to me more than any of them.  

Frank looked up at me with his golden eyes and reached his paw out towards me.  Not only did this absolutely melt my heart, but he had gorgeous markings like a little tiger that made Frank stand out even more from any other cat there.  A beautiful marble bengal tabby. We instantly bonded during our first interaction.

The staff person had let me know he was just brought in that day from an abandoned home where he was found with three other male cats. I knew I would be extremely lucky to have an opportunity to adopt such a wonderful cat and I knew this was meant to be. As the staff person put Frank back into the kennel and I began to walk away, he quietly meowed and reached out towards me again. At this time I knew he chose me and I chose him. It was destiny. 

Since then, Frank has been phenomenal. I have taken him to the vet to get his booster shot and he did not even flinch or meow – what a stud! I am constantly amazed by his wonderful personality and everyone who meets him instantly falls in love just as I had.

Frank is an amazing companion that has filled my life with happiness.  Frank always greets me when I come home and snuggles up to me at bedtime.  I always tell everyone that I won the cat lottery because I have never met such a well behaved, friendly, playful and loving cat. Thank you for helping me find my little Frankie.

More Treats



Animal Humane Society’s Buffalo location is having an Open House on June 29 during Buffalo Days. Click here for details.

Learn a unique and positive way of influencing health and behaviors in your cat at a special TTouch class hosted by AHS.

Scratching Post


Have your animal-loving kids been to our youth movie night? Don't miss out on the next Pawsome Pet Picture Show coming up on June 11!