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January 7, 2013

Save the date for an evening out with your dog

What could be better on a cold night in February than a night out with your best friend at your side? Don’t miss out on the event everyone loves – Whisker Whirl, a gala to benefit Animal Humane Society! Mark your calendars for 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! Reserve your tickets today and join us for a fabulous night out to help the thousands of animals that come through our doors each year.

Keeping pets active during the freeze

Are your pets feeling a bit stir-crazy being stuck indoors during the freezing cold winter days? Regardless of how low the temperature dips, your pets still need exercise to keep them happy and healthy. Here are a few things you can do to help your pets burn off some energy indoors when it’s too cold to play outside.

  • Feed meals from food dispensing toys. Don’t have a toy? Use your pet’s meal to create a scavenger hunt throughout your home. Both options are entertaining and make meal-time last longer.

  • Train your dog to do tricks. Learning new tricks and brushing up on the old ones will give your pet’s mind a work-out.

  • Play fetch down a long hallway or up and down the stairs.
  • Pick a toy and play tug-of-war.
  • Too cold for the dog park? Indoor exercise playgroups, like those offered at Animal Humane Society, are a great way to keep your pets active and social.

Spring Break fun for kids at AHS
Register now for camp on March 31-April 4

It’s hard to believe Spring Break will ever arrive, but now is the time to make plans for your kids during those days off. Let us keep them entertained with our Spring Break Camp! Animal Humane Society and Stages Theatre Company have partnered to give your child a unique camp experience. Campers in grades 3-6 will participate in a variety of animal-related activities and will work together to produce a play that they will perform at the end of the week. Reserve your child’s spot today!

From California to Minnesota to Colorado

Story submitted by Marie T.

When I began my search for a dog, I looked online and saw the little face of a Chihuahua mix that I had to meet. When I arrived at Animal Humane Society, "McCoy" was in the first kennel to my left. I bent down to say hello and he came running to the gate and was so excited to see me. I joke now that he immediately said "I love you, take me home!" I walked up and down the line saying hello to all the other dogs, but went back to McCoy and received the same response, so we went into a visiting room where he promptly climbed into my lap, curled into a ball and went to sleep! I still wasn't sure I was ready to move on so quickly so I went home without him. I went back the next day and he was still there, same greeting. I put a hold deposit on him and, again, went home alone. I woke the next morning and knew he was going to be mine. I renamed him Fresno. There is something I really like about a place, name and identity for a dog. And, that's where McCoy was from, the Fresno area of California.

I later learned that Fresno had lived in California shelters for a year before being transferred to AHS. I was told he was too shy to get adopted, and that he had even given up greeting people. That was heartbreaking and certainly not the pup I met at AHS! I fell completely in love with Fresno and a few months later my son decided he needed a canine friend.

We returned to AHS and adopted another little Chihuahua mix from California named Jake, who we renamed Raylan. Ray is a bundle of energy and has such a sweet way about him it sometimes makes me tear up that he languished in shelters for two years! He's naughty, smart and has the most soulful eyes. Fresno is more reticent. He is cautious and watchful, and has the sweetest most tender spirit. Both of these little guys have so much love and personality I have a hard time understanding how they lasted five minutes in a shelter! I'm so thankful for both of them. I am thankful for all the people, guardian angels, who ushered them on their journey to Minnesota.

Now we are on a new adventure! I have been spending time in Aspen, Colorado since I was in my early twenties and this summer “the boys,” as they are known around town, and I came out and spent a month here. After the wonderful month we were here, I decided it was time to make the move permanent. We now live in Aspen!

Ray loves the snow. He gets just giddy when it’s warm enough that he can play in it. Fresno is not a fan and likes to get his business done and get back inside as soon as possible. They have coats and boots, which they hate, but no one can pass them without stopping to say hello and marvel at how cute they are. Aspen is a pretty small town and Fresno and Ray are little stars. We tell the story of their origins all the time and hopefully it raises awareness about the programs that saved them and brought them into our lives. They are great little ambassadors for others like them!

Celebrating Now Boarding

Now Boarding, an affiliate of AHS, is celebrating its fifth year in business throughout the month of January. Now Boarding offers boarding, daycare, and grooming from a location just minutes from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

In addition, for the fifth year in a row, Now Boarding has received the coveted Super Service Award from Angie’s List, a leader in providing crowd-sourced reviews of local businesses. The award reflects a consistently high level of customer service. Only about 5 percent of all companies rated on Angie’s List receive the Super Service award each year. “Our standards for the Super Service Award are quite high, says founder Angie Hicks. “The fact that Now Boarding has earned this recognition speaks volumes about its dedication providing great service to its customers.”

More Treats



Taking a winter getaway? Call Animal House for a home away from home for your pets! Click here to view updated hours and rates for 2014.

Make a New Year’s resolution to keep your pet healthier and prevent animal homelessness by getting your pet fixed. Call Kindest Cut and mention the BLITZ ad to get your male cat or dog neutered for only $20!

Scratching Post


There’s still time to register your child for our Unleashed President's Day Camp! The camp is for kids in grades 3-6 and runs from 9am—4pm on February 17. Sign up for this day of fun now!