Pet Dish

August 5, 2014

Be the first to see our new look!

Animal Humane Society is reimagining the pet adoption process, and you’re invited to be the first to see the changes! Please join us for the grand reveal celebration on Wednesday, August 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. at our Golden Valley location (845 Meadow Lane N.) to see our renovated shelter and hear about how the adoption experience is changing.

Although you will see changes throughout the shelter, the renovation is focused on our cat adoption area thanks in part to a $50,000 grant through the Purina Cat Chow “Building Better Lives” program, which is committed to improving the lives of cats across the U.S. AHS has also committed about $150,000 to the project.

The renovation will provide improved housing for the cats in our adoption center, improve the experience of potential adopters with a more home-like and cheerful atmosphere, and encourage people to interact more with the adoptable cats. New technology will further enhance the adoption process and customers will complete much of the adoption in new comfortable seating areas before completing the final transaction in a new area in the main lobby.

Our goal is for the adoption experience to have a fun, celebratory feel and be comfortable, informative, personalized and efficient. We are committed to a hands-on experience that is organized, timely and delivers pertinent information about the adopter’s new pet and how to be successful in the future.

We’re excited to share this milestone with you at the August 20 celebration, which is free and open to the public. The celebration will officially begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m., followed by lots of fun and entertainment! Activities will include face painting, balloon twisting, and a photo booth. The Chef Shack and Kona Ice food trucks will be on site for dinner and treat purchases. There will be door prizes including a Dyson Vacuum (valued at $499!) for one lucky attendee, and all new adopters that evening will receive a special adoption kit from Purina. The first 100 visitors to the reveal celebration will receive a free bag of Purina Cat Chow, and all cat and/or kitten adopters will have a chance to win “Free Cat Food for a Year” thanks to our friends at Purina Cat Chow!

Adoption is for the birds... and bunnies too!

If you’ve been considering adopting a rabbit or bird, now is the time! We recently took in two large groups of feathered and floppy-eared friends. To help find them new homes, our adoption fees for all rabbits and birds are reduced 50% through August 10. Discount applied at the time of adoption. View all available bunnies and birds here.

Time to register for PetSet Youth Club!

Is your child passionate about animals? Animal Humane Society’s PetSet Youth Club provides kids the opportunity to be around others with the same passion for animals while having lots of fun! Students in grades 5-7 will take a closer look at animal welfare issues currently affecting our shelter and community through hands-on activities and discussions.PetSet meets once a month in Woodbury and Golden Valley during the school year. Click here for more information and to register.

Personalized training for your pet

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We’ve all been there: no matter how many pets we’ve raised or how many classes we’ve taken, sometimes we need a little extra help. That’s why we now offer private sessions at our Golden Valley and Woodbury locations. Our trainers can assist you with a variety of behavior topics including housetraining, shy/fearful behavior, puppy biting, pulling on leash, dog reactivity, getting along with other pets, jumping on visitors, and more! The cost is $40 for a 30-minute session. To learn about available session times, please call (651) 788-4616.

Working together for LaSalle

Cats, dogs, rabbits, and… chickens? Animal Humane Society has an open admission philosophy so we occasionally take in species of animals that we do not adopt out. We rely on our rescue partners to help find homes for these animals.

LaSalle was found last August, abandoned at a park in Plymouth. He had been attacked by a predator and sustained multiple wounds. LaSalle was treated by AHS wildlife staff and three weeks later was transferred to Chicken Run Rescue in Minneapolis. It was there that he bonded with Winkelman, and they are now one of several rooster buddies waiting for homes.

Chicken Run Rescue is just one of AHS’s many rescue partners. See more of our partners in this month’s “Did You Know” video.

Did you know?

So many great things happen here at Animal Humane Society that it's hard to keep track! In our "Did You Know?" series, you get a special pass to go behind the scenes at AHS and see some of the life-changing work we do.

In this month's episode, learn about the many rescue groups that Animal Humane Society partners with so together we can make a difference for more animals.

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