All five Animal Humane Society locations will be closed September 1 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

In this issue:

Twice the love for animals in need!

We have a wonderful opportunity for your gift to go twice as far to help animals in our community. Fellow animal lover Rebecca Pohlad has generously offered to match dollar-for-dollar any gift you make by October 15, 2012 – up to $50,000! With your support, we can do more for the unwanted, abandoned and abused animals who need food, water, shelter, medical care and a new family to cherish them. Make a gift today and give twice the love to animals in our community so they can lead happy, healthy lives!

 

Cookie’s last heroic act

When Ray and Denise Sheeley’s dog Mollie Star passed away, they felt something missing. They knew Mollie Star could never be replaced, but wanted to bring a new pet into their home. They adopted Cookie from Animal Humane Society and instantly fell in love. But almost as quickly as they bonded with her, they had to say goodbye to Cookie.

Less than two months after bringing her home, Cookie began barking in the middle of the night. Raymond and Denise

awoke to find their apartment on fire. In the chaos of trying to safely get out, they lost track of Cookie. They tried desperately to find her but couldn’t and hoped she ran out.

Ray and Denise later learned that Cookie tragically did not make it out. “We lost everything,” says Ray. “But if it weren’t for Cookie, we could have died. Hearing her barking allowed us just enough time to get out.”

Ray and Denise’s whole family was affected by the loss of Cookie. When their grandson Ethan returned to school that fall, the teacher asked the class to write about something they did on summer vacation. Ethan wrote about losing Cookie in the fire. Here is a piece of what he wrote:

“My Grandparents had a dog named Mollie but she died a few months ago. She was a really good dog. My Grandparents were really sad about it so they got a new dog and named her Cookie because that was Mollie’s favorite treat.

After Mollie died, I didn’t think I would ever like Cookie. But I was wrong, we all were. Every time we came to visit Cookie she would always run up to us and playfully jump on us and bite at our shoes. Then she’d run past us and down the apartment hallway as fast as she could, look back at us for a few seconds and then run back. At night she would sleep at the foot of their bed. In the morning when she would see their eyes open they would try to go back to bed, but Cookie would wake them up.

We all loved Cookie and hoped she would never leave. But a few weeks before school started, I heard a loud knock at the door in the middle of the night. When I opened it, my Grandma was standing in front of me and when I saw her face I knew something wasn’t right. My Grandma said ‘my apartment is on fire and we couldn’t find Cookie.’ I could barely sleep that night, thinking about Cookie dying was the only thing on my mind and in the morning I woke up to the news talking about the fire. Then I overheard my mom’s boyfriend on the phone telling someone that Cookie died.

We went to go see my grandparents and I noticed my Grandma looked really tired from staying up all night and when she saw me I thought she was about to cry. She lost everything in the fire – family photos, money, silverware, and a puppy. Unfortunately we hadn’t buried Mollie yet either so her ashes were lost in the fire too.

I felt like everyone was crying. I don’t think I have ever seen my Grandpa be that sad in my life, not to mention never seeing him cry at all. We went to bring Cookie’s body to the animal hospital to be cremated and then took my Grandparents to this place for people that lost their homes.

Sometimes I can still hear the bark of Mollie and Cookie. I remember Mollie’s long white fur and Cookie’s curly back hair. I know somewhere they are playing with each other in heaven. We will never forget them.” – Ethan, age 11.

Ray and Denise’s apartment building was rebuilt and eventually they were able to move back in. They returned to Animal Humane Society for a new canine companion. They adopted Autumn, a little black Chow Chow mix puppy that is now growing into a beautiful and very loved dog.

Saying goodbye to a beloved family pet is never easy. At Animal Humane Society, we understand how hard it is to lose a pet and we’re here to support you. End of life care for your pet brings about both difficult and emotional decisions. We provide a variety of services to help you prepare for and cope with the loss of a pet. Visit our website to learn more about all Animal Humane Society’s pet loss services.

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Could your pet be the face of Give to the Max Day?

Last year more than 47,000 people donated to nearly 4,000 of their favorite Minnesota non-profits in just 24 hours on Give to the Max Day. Animal Humane Society received $195,000 in donations and bonus funds to help animals! We’re excited to participate again this year, but we need a fresh, furry face to help us spread the word about the great work we do.

If your pet goes by the name of Max, he/she could be our next Give to the Max Day mascot and appear in our online fundraising campaign!

To enter, email your submission to MaxSearch@animalhumanesociety.org and include the following:

  • Your name and contact information
  • A brief description of why you think your “Max” would make a great mascot
  • A photo of your pet

The deadline for submissions is September 21. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to see who the winner is. We can’t wait to hear why your Max should be Minnesota’s greatest mascot!

Limited space remaining for holiday boarding

While it may seem early to be thinking about the holiday season, reservations for this popular time are filling up fast at Animal Humane Society’s two pet boarding facilities. Call to secure your reservation and guarantee your pet’s spot at one of our fabulous locations.

Animal House, located at AHS's Golden Valley location, offers overnight pet boarding. Animal House provides excellent care by experienced and compassionate staff for your dog, cat, rabbit, ferret or small animal. You will have peace of mind while your pet enjoys clean, well-maintained accommodations, outdoor dog exercise runs and a large indoor cat play area.

Now Boarding, a state-of the-art 24-hour pet boarding facility, is located adjacent to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Services include overnight boarding for your pet, doggy daycare seven days a week, spa treatments including grooming, nail trims, and an exercise pool, and dog training services. If you are traveling, you can also take advantage of parking and airport transportation services.

Your boarding fee at both facilities will help support the nearly 30,000 animals served by Animal Humane Society each year. Click here for more information on Animal House and Now Boarding.

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Now Showing: Movie nights at AHS!

Lights, camera, action! Animal Humane Society presents the Pawsome Pet Picture Show, an animal-themed youth movie night at our Golden Valley location. The next showing is October 12 and will feature the movie G-Force. The cost is only $5 and includes snacks and a special intermission with an AHS animal. Families are welcome, but all attendees must be at least 7 years of age. Pre-registration is required, click here for more details.

Kindness in the classroom

Teaching kids to be compassionate toward animals is essential in creating a more humane community. However, getting kids excited about learning is not always easy. Let us help you with one of our inexpensive education programs that can help kids start off on the right foot by teaching them how to be compassionate stewards in society.

Animal Humane Society’s classroom education programs are for kids in grades K-12 and cover everything from responsible pet care and ownership, to opportunities in animal related careers, the perils of dog fighting and more — all presented with an emphasis on compassion and respect.

“The kids love it because they enjoy learning about animals, and the teachers love it because their students are learning how to be compassionate not only to animals, but to each other as well,” says Holly Wetzel, humane education lead at Animal Humane Society. “It’s always fun to see kids so engaged in learning.”

Each interactive program is tailored to the audience’s age and interest and is available for groups of any kind including schools, clubs, home school groups and community organizations. Most programs can be taught to groups of up to 50 students and last approximately 45-60 minutes.

The cost for each program is $50 with discounts available. The fee can be paid for by the school, but parents are also encouraged to sponsor a program for their child’s class. To register for any program or for more information, contact our Education department at (763) 489-2220 or education@animalhumanesociety.org.

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Here’s your chance to share the joy of adoption by getting others to VOTE TO ADOPT. Have your child help by coloring an adoption campaign poster!


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Think back-to-school is just for kids? Consider classes for Fido too! Use this coupon for AHS’s Training School.

The animal-loving folks at Club Jager in Minneapolis are donating proceeds from their St. Gin Gin cocktail to Kindest Cut. Grab your friends and swing by their dog-friendly patio — helping animals never tasted so good!