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July 3, 2013

Kindest Cut grant to help pets of Frogtown/Thomas-Dale

Kindest Cut, in partnership with Animal Humane Society, is offering subsidized spay/neuter services for pets of qualified low-income animal owners in the Frogtown/Thomas-Dale neighborhood of St. Paul, through a grant from PetSmart Charities®.

“Through our current outreach efforts in the Frogtown/Thomas-Dale neighborhood, we learned that residents in this area are typically utilizing very few animal care services,” said Corrie Schueller, AHS director of supporting services. “Spay/neuter was identified by residents and community leaders as a priority. But there is so little access to these services, and they are often too expensive. This effort, made possible by PetSmart Charities®, will help us reach Frogtown/Thomas-Dale residents with services their pets need.”

Kindest Cut’s services will be available to Frogtown residents on a weekly basis. Owners of pets who participate in the program are asked to make a co-pay of $10 per household, although no one will be denied an appointment because of an inability to pay.

“Our goal is to sterilize two-thirds of domestic dogs and cats in the Frogtown/Thomas-Dale neighborhood,” said Dr. Meghann Kruck, DVM, owner of Kindest Cut. “That would make a substantial impact on the number of unwanted litters and homeless animals in the area.”

Frogtown/Thomas-Dale residents should contact Kindest Cut to find out if they qualify for the subsidized service and to make an appointment. Kindest Cut can be reached by phone at (763) 489-7729 or online at

Lucky Ducks from AHS find new home at Minnesota Zoo

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Two ducks, also known as Lesser Scaup, arrived separately at Animal Humane Society in November, 2012. The female was found in Maple Grove by a Good Samaritan; the male was found near the AHS property by a volunteer. X-rays showed the male had been shot multiple times and the female’s injuries indicated she was likely attacked by a raptor.


Both ducks were treated initially at AHS, and then received continued care at Wildlife Intensive & Critical Care Unit (WICCU). They quickly became a bonded pair, and due to their extensive injuries they were both unable to be released back into the wild. Needing to find a home together, the Minnesota Zoo stepped in to help this past spring. Now on exhibit on Gibbon Lake on the Zoo’s Tropics Trail, the birds are thriving and have joined a variety of other ducks (and flamingos) in their new habitat.

“A lot of time and care went into the rehabilitation of these ducks and we are grateful to the Zoo for providing continued care. It’s an honor to be able to work together on such a great outcome and we’re thrilled to see the ducks doing so well,” says Michelle LaBelle Lake CVT, VTS (ECC), Animal Humane Society wildlife technician and founder of Wildlife Intensive & Critical Care Unit.

Adds Minnesota Zoo Bird Supervisor Jamie Ries: “Both birds are doing very well in their new home. Zoo guests may also see them diving from time to time, especially when they get fed by zookeepers twice a day. Although they are still being closely monitored by animal care staff, we expect them to continue thriving and are very excited they’re here with us.”

A new chapter with Nellie by her side

Story of Nellie submitted by Carol J.

When I spotted Nellie online, it was during one of the hardest times of my life. My 13-year job was eliminated and I was frantically job hunting in the middle of summer. While everyone thought I was doing fine and I'd find another job in no time, I wasn’t so sure. I was scared, feeling lonely and lacked optimism. I managed to exact a promise from my husband which was thankfully witnessed by our three little kids: "If I get a new job, can I adopt a beagle?" He (not so willingly) complied, "sure." You see, we already had AHS alumni Peaches the Basset Hound and Molly the Black Lab. A wonderful duo.

I watched Nellie's adoption status on the AHS website. She was 10 years old. An icon showed she had a health issue that required an “exceptional owner.” Later, AHS added the "Forget-me-not" icon because she had been available for so long; heartbreaking. Shortly thereafter, she was featured on the AHS Facebook page, telling her story of abandonment and being found by a neighbor 10 days later. What a sad story. I couldn't shake her. I left town for a bit and when I returned she still had not been adopted. 

Then it happened — I got a job! I was due to start just days later, and I reminded my husband about Nellie and my hope to find an older dog that needed a home, and to have a new snuggle buddy (I technically wanted a beagle, but a Foxhound was mighty close). We visited her with our kids and brought her home that same day. She was a sweet, quiet and affectionate dog. Initially, she slept a lot.

I recently celebrated my 6-month anniversary at my new job and Nellie's 6-month anniversary with our family. She fits right in. She has kidney disease, so despite efforts to put weight on her skinny frame, she's only added a few pounds with her daily prescription canned food diet. She wore the navy quilted jacket that an AHS volunteer purchased for her all winter long. 

Nellie is pretty snuggly, yet we theorize that she isn't accustomed to being super affectionate or being petted. She's genuinely beginning to love being brushed, kissed or scratched. She loves her nightly walks and prances and bounces when it's walk or meal time. She has hearing issues, so when there are noises or activity, she's one of the first to leap off her couch and bark - sometimes at nothing - but she seems to enjoy being a part of our pack and family. She follows me around. I love her and I know she loves me too.

Thank you, AHS, for loving Nellie before we could adopt her. She's living out her happy days with us, her final family, and we're grateful for her every day.

Purina Adoption program for people 55+

They say that 60 is the new 40. We believe that with a pet, it feels more like 25. Pets can provide multiple health benefits, like motivation to go for a morning walk, lowering everyday stress or even making you laugh a little more. And, in general, they just make your life feel that much richer.

That’s why our shelter is part of a special program, created by Purina®, which allows eligible adopters age 55 and older to adopt an adult cat 4 years and older at no cost. For more information, visit or

What do you have to lose? Come find your next companion today! 

Source – For Seniors: Pets Are Just Plain Healthy, Ed Kane, PhD

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