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April 1, 2014

40th anniversary Walk for Animals is Saturday, May 3, 2014

The 2014 Walk for Animals on Saturday, May 3, is drawing nearer, and we’re excited to be able to announce this year’s prizes! In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Walk, we have added a special $40 fundraising level to celebrate. 

We also would like to give a big thanks to our exclusive promotional and apparel vendor and Walk for Animals Bronze Sponsor, Forte Promotions, for their support of the 2014 Walk for Animals! 

We know that giving is its own reward, but sometimes it’s nice to receive a commemorative prize for all your hard work, so let’s get fundraising, make a difference, and earn some awesome prizes!

We’re looking forward to seeing you on May 3!

National Volunteer Week is April 6-12

If you know anything about Animal Humane Society, you know that we couldn’t get along without our volunteers. During the last fiscal year, a total of 1,766 volunteers contributed 119,007 hours at all five of our sites to help AHS achieve its mission. Please join us during the week of April 6-12 in thanking volunteers for all they do. If you are an AHS volunteer – please know how important you are! Thank you for everything you do! If you are interested in becoming an AHS volunteer, visit our website.

Rescue Waggin’: Tales from the Road

Animal Humane Society has a starring role in the web series, “Rescue Waggin’: Tales from the Road,” produced and narrated by actor Josh Duhamel. The series tells the story of PetSmart Charities’ Rescue Waggin’ program, which transports pets from shelters in communities with too many animals to adoption centers in areas where dogs and puppies are in higher demand. “Tales from the Road” focuses on 21 dogs and puppies that were transported from Missouri to AHS, where staff and volunteers helped them find new loving homes. The series’ eight episodes were released throughout March, and can be viewed here.

AHS helps ASPCA in seizure case

Eight staff members from Animal Humane Society traveled to New York in February to assist the ASPCA in a major seizure case, helping to remove more than 4,000 roosters in what is being called the largest cockfighting bust in New York state history. Half the team was onsite at the farm in upstate New York where the birds were seized, and the other half worked at a temporary shelter where the birds were taken to be cared for and housed. “When the ASPCA responds to larger cruelty cases, they reach out to other animal welfare organizations for skilled staff to help with the seizure and continued care of the involved animals,” according to Dr. Graham Brayshaw, AHS director of animal services. “With the size of our organization and the level of knowledge, skill and professionalism of our staff, we are often called upon to help in these situations.”

Save is new volunteer program for youth

It’s not summer in Minnesota quite yet, but we’re already thinking about our big plans for SAVE – our Summer Animal Volunteer Experience. SAVE is a unique program open to 16- to 18-year-olds who want to volunteer with AHS over the course of an entire summer. Participants will help by assisting customers looking to adopt an animal and providing for the daily care needs of animals in the shelter.

“The volunteer commitment is easy and flexible,” said Lynne Bengtson, AHS volunteer services manager. “We just ask for a three-hour shift three times a week, over three months, from mid-June to late August.”

Did you know?

So many great things happen here at AHS, that it’s hard to keep track! That’s why we’re bringing you a new video series called “Did you Know?”

People fundraise for the Walk for Animals for a variety of reasons! In this episode, hear from some of our Walkers (and see some adorable furry Walk participants!)

More Treats

Celebrate your party animal’s next birthday at AHS

As a parent, you probably scratch your head wondering what you can do to make your child’s next birthday unique and memorable. Look no further than Animal Humane Society, where we specialize in making birthdays the special occasion they deserve to be. Check out all the different ways we can help you make the big day as happy as possible!

Scratching Posts

Spring will come sooner or later (we think…) and summer won’t be far behind. As you begin to make your warm weather plans, don’t forget to make arrangements for your pet boarding. Weekends and holidays can fill up fast, so it’s never too early to make boarding reservations for summer. Visit the boarding page on the AHS website for all the information you need.