A few days from an incredible day for animals
Be Kind to Animals Week is May 3-9 and many of you have shown incredible kindness to animals by raising funds for Animal Humane Society’s 35th annual Walk for Animals which will be held this Saturday, May 2. You’ve raised funds guided by the knowledge that this year the need is as great as it has ever been. Animals also suffer the effects of tough times and you have shown how strong your commitment is to the work we do. All of us at Animal Humane Society are incredibly appreciative of your hard work and can’t wait to celebrate your achievements for animals on Saturday.
Be a part of the celebration
Join us this Saturday at AHS in Golden Valley for the Walk for Animals—an incredible day full of inspiration, people and animals. And there is still time for you to be a part of the celebration. Set up your own personal Walk page—it’s simple and takes very little time to raise a few funds. Or simply arrive on Walk day and make a $25 donation to take part in the day’s events.
Learn more at www.animalhumanesociety.org/walk and keep reading...
The Walk is not just a walk. It’s a festival for people and their pets; that one time of year when you’re able to spend the day at an event with your dog, cat, guinea pig, potbellied pig, horse, or alligator and just have fun. Whether you’re the smallest dog, biggest dog or most unique pet at the event, you’ll find more to do than a catnipped kitten at a light show.
Call for entries: Be America’s Top Dog Model
Are you and your dog ready to be part of the hottest and most stylish dog competition in America? Then enter the 2009 America’s Top Dog Model contest at the Walk! We’re staging the regional event at the Walk and the winner will go on to the national finals. Pre-registration is required. (Learn more… )
Get closer to your pet through Tellington TTouch®
Observe Elaine Garley from Animal Bridges as she provides insight into how you can strengthen the bond you share with your pet through several Tellington TTouch demonstrations. Tellington TTouch is an animal communication method that positively affects behavior, performance and health by utilizing a variety of touch, movement, and body language techniques.
Break biscuits with Master Baker Klecko
The breads of Master Baker Klecko have been served in some of the finest restaurants in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Now, he shares his favorite recipes for his favorite clients—the four-legged kind. Meet Klecko and watch his biscuit baking demonstrations at the Walk! Your pooch can try a free sample too! He will also be selling his new book, “K-9 Nation Biscuit Book: Baking for Your Best Friends” with words from AHS’s own Deb Balzer.
Does your pet like to be the life of the party? Or does he prefer to stay under the bed until the last guest is resting comfortably… back at their place? Considering how your pet reacts to people in and out of the home will help you ensure their safety and happiness, and that of others, when you head out to events this summer. Be sure they’re festival-ready by considering the following tips from Paula Zukoff, Animal Humane Society’s behavior and training supervisor.
Watch this clip provided by our friends at Fox 9, major sponsor of the Walk for Animals, for additional tips on how to get your pet festival ready.
And watch Paula every Sunday morning on Fox 9 during their “Ask the Trainer” segment for more advice on how to lead a safe, happy and balanced life with your pet. Upcoming topics include preparing your pets for July 4th and keeping them safe in the summer heat.
Learn more about AHS Training Services
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MnPAW coming together for animals
A new coalition has come together to find a better way for animal welfare groups across Minnesota to work together to help more animals in our communities. The Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare (MnPAW) is beginning to take shape and invites you to learn more about the coalition.
Join them for a town hall meeting on Saturday, May 9 from noon–1 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley. (Room N203, 7520 Golden Valley Rd.)
Founding organizations of the Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare (MnPAW) include:
Additional members will be added to the coalition as things progress. For more information, please visit www.mnpaw.org.
What I learned at Unleashed summer camp
At Animal Humane Society, we’re excited about creating happy beginnings for families and the pets they adopt. Seeing so many smiling faces leave our building generates within us an enthusiasm to help others experience the wonder of the human-animal bond. One way we do this is to invite animal-loving kids discover their inner veterinarian or animal advocate at our Unleashed summer camp. Eight-year-old Christina Foley attended camp last year and left awe-struck over animals, animals, animals. Below is her top 10 list of things she liked about being at AHS’s summer camp:
If you think your animal-loving child would be interested in getting unleashed at AHS’s Unleashed summer camp, sign them up today! Sessions are filling up fast but there is still plenty of space available at each AHS location in Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul and Woodbury. (Learn more… )
Stray Dog Arts giving back
Jessie Marianiello of Stray Dog Arts will be donating 20% of all commissioned portraiture fees throughout the spring and summer to Animal Humane Society. Find out more about her “Animals of AHS” project when you visit her tent in the Flealess Market at this Saturday’s Walk for Animals.
A picture worth a thousand purrs
Thanks to the Photographers Guild there will be a lot more happy purrs and barks and squeaks at Animal Humane Society. Now through the month of May they’re offering a sitting for you and your pet, plus an 8x10 photo for a suggested donation of $40. Get a picture of you and your pet and help homeless and neglected animals. Call (651) 646-3239 to schedule your sitting.
Join the celebration online
Are you located a great distance from Minneapolis and can’t make it to the Walk for Animals? Are you local but your boss is requesting you come in to work that day, of all great pet festival days? Don’t fret. You can get real-time updates on what’s happening at the Walk by following us on Facebook and Twitter. It will be like you’re there, but without all the barking and sloppy kisses.
Call for entries: America’s Top Dog Model contest
Are you and your dog ready to be part of the hottest and most stylish dog competition in America? Then get ready to “Go Gorgeously Green” at the Walk for Animals and enter the 2009 America’s Top Dog Model contest! We’re staging the regional event at the Walk and up to 3 finalists in the casting call will go on to the national finals. (Learn more… )
What women want
The annual “What Women Want” issue of the Minnesota Women’s Press is on newsstands and features an assortment of readers’ pet friendly favorite places—and Animal Humane Society’s Boarding facility in Golden Valley is one of them! Reserve your pet’s stay today by calling (763) 489-2222. Rates are reasonable and all dollars go back to help the animals of AHS. (Learn more…)
Minneapolis/St. Paul #10 kitty city
The CATalyst Council recently named the top 10 cat-friendly cities and Minneapolis/St. Paul took the 10th spot. If you’re one of the many cat lovers across the metro, consider becoming a Mission: Meow foster volunteer. The program gives you the opportunity to help Animal Humane Society through the busy kitten season by taking an adult feline houseguest into your home for six months. We provide everything you need to care for the cat, all you provide is the love. (Learn more... )