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February 4, 2014

Whisker Whirl is just a few weeks away! 

We’re just a few weeks away from Whisker Whirl, a gala to benefit Animal Humane Society on Saturday, February 22 at The Depot in downtown Minneapolis. Don’t miss out on the event that has become the talk of the town among pet lovers! With the reservation deadline of February 12, there’s still time to purchase tickets here.

The funds raised at this event go directly to serve the needs of the thousands of companion animals in our community who depend on us to help them finding loving homes.

With your support, AHS can offer services such as medical care and spay/neuter surgeries prior to adoption, advanced rehabilitative and veterinary care, affordable spay/neuter programs for low-income families, training and behavior programs to help keep pets in their homes, socialization and play opportunities for pets, and summer camps and youth clubs to help young people learn life lessons of responsibility and empathy.

Join us for a frolicking fun evening filled with auctions, games, cocktails and food, while supporting a great cause. Where else can you dress up and bring your dog as your date? Visit the Whisker Whirl website for more information.

Register today for the Walk for Animals 2014

Once again it’s time to step up for animals that are not your own – the cats, dogs, birds and critters that will come to Animal Humane Society this year needing our help.

We hope you’ll join us and thousands of other animal lovers for the 40th Annual Walk for Animals in Golden Valley on Saturday, May 3. Just one click and you’re on your way to raising pledges, making a gift to a friend, family member or colleague, or volunteering for the largest human/pet walk in the Upper Midwest. See you on May 3 for a special morning celebration with fun-filled activities for the whole family!

From cold and alone to warm and loved
AHS dog featured on WCCO finds a great home

Barney, a senior Chinese Shar-Pei mix, was found in early December, roaming free in subzero temperatures. A Good Samaritan brought him home, and made an appointment to bring him to Animal Humane Society. It appeared Barney had been through a lot recently and was in need of some TLC. Our vet staff prepared Barney for adoption, and because older dogs often take longer to be adopted, he was featured on AHS’s weekly Pet of the Week segment on WCCO-TV.

That day, Jean was at home watching TV and saw Barney’s appearance. She and her husband Dave had said goodbye to their family dog earlier in the year, and were ready to start looking for a new furry family member. Jean told Dave about the sweet dog she saw on the news, and they adopted Barney that evening.

We’re happy to report that Barney, now named Bosco, is doing great in his new home. Though he arrived at AHS quite underweight, Jean and Dave are making sure he gets plenty of good food to get him back to a healthy weight and he’s already sporting a heartier looking frame.

As he discovers he is in a warm and safe home, his personality is shining. Jean describes him as playful, happy, and so easygoing and well-behaved. She adds that he’s enjoying exploring the outdoors when temperatures allow, and he’s getting along great with the three other dogs in their family.

We are so grateful for Jean and Dave for giving Bosco the loving home he deserves!

Unleashed summer camp registration begins Feb. 10

Now is the time to start planning for summer vacation and get your animal-loving kids signed up for Animal Humane Society’s Unleashed Summer Camp. 

Unleashed is a fun, educational camp experience for kids entering grades 3-10. Campers will spend a full week immersed in animal-themed fun including educational activities, animal interactions, visits from special guests, field trips, and more.

Camp sessions are available at all five AHS locations. Registration begins February 10. Space is limited and many sessions fill up quickly so register early!

Check out our new website!

Last week, we launched a colorful new Animal Humane Society website to help make finding adoptable animals and AHS services easier.

The new site – designed to adapt to both desktop and mobile devices – includes bigger adoption photos, information about adoption and other AHS programs, resources for pet owners, a calendar of upcoming events and classes, and past issues of Pet Dish, Animal Tracks, and other AHS publications.

Check it out and let us know what you think! Send your feedback to

More Treats

Show your love for animals by indulging in dessert at Pizza Luce on Valentine’s Day – 100% of all dessert sale proceeds that day will be donated to Animal Humane Society! This special is available for dine-in, delivery, or carry-out from 11am to close.

February 25th is World Spay Day, so Kindest Cut is teaming up with the Minnesota Spay/Neuter Project to do 75 feline spays/neuters for qualified low-income individuals. Pets will receive spay/neuter surgery, rabies and distemper vaccinations, and a microchip for only $10. Call (763) 489-7729 to reserve your pet’s spot today!

Scratching Posts

Did you know rabbits can make great pets? They are social and inquisitive, intelligent, and can even be litter box trained! Each rabbit is unique; some are mellow while others are more active and agile. February is “Adopt a Rabbit month” – perhaps it’s time to investigate if a rabbit is right for you!

There’s still time to register for the Unleashed Spring Break Camp on March 31-April 4 or the Good Friday Camp on April 18. Click for more details!