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Pet Dish

June 3, 2014

Provide support for extraordinary animals like Elvis

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Elvis came to Animal Humane Society with sarcoptic mange and was experiencing a tremendous amount of pain and irritation. The generosity of our supporters helped us provide intensive treatments and care during his time in the shelter. After three months, the 8-month-old terrier/pit bull mix left the building with a new family.

Our fiscal year ends June 30 and we need your support so we can continue to provide exceptional care for the extraordinary animals who need our help. Please make a gift today.

Not your typical family reunion...

In mid-April, Animal Humane Society hosted a reunion where 70 Chihuahuas and their new families gathered to connect with each other and meet the people who rescued the dogs. The reunion was the result of a partnership between Animal Humane Society and California based non-profit Compassion Without Borders. The two groups began working together to save Chihuahuas in November 2012.

In recent years, Chihuahuas have filled up California shelters in record-breaking numbers and adoptable Chihuahuas are often euthanized due to overcrowding. Because of this lifesaving partnership, more than 330 Chihuahuas have been relocated to Minnesota where they are quickly adopted into loving homes.

Staff and volunteers from both organizations attended the event and were delighted to share stories with adopters. “Hearing about how loved the dogs are in their new homes was so heartwarming and beyond anything I could have dreamed of for them,” says Cindy Karsten DVM, one of the founding members of the program. “Recalling the memories of that day still brings happy tears to my eyes!”

Follow one special dog’s journey from California to her new home in Minnesota in the “Did you Know” video found in this newsletter.

Breeder bill becomes law!

walkers13.pngIt was a long and difficult journey, but animal welfare advocates across Minnesota were finally able to celebrate in May as a seven-year campaign to pass a “puppy mill bill” came to a successful conclusion.

Versions of the dog and cat breeder regulation bill have been introduced in each session of the state legislature since 2007, but this year lawmakers passed and Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law a measure putting into a place a program to regulate commercial dog and cat breeders.

“Due to the hard work of many, we will now have a system in place for the licensing and inspection of commercial breeders in our state,” said Kathy Mock, chief government affairs and outreach officer for Animal Humane Society. “We look forward to working with our partners in implementing the law and in continuing to work to create a more humane world for animals.

The law becomes effective July 1, when the Board of Animal Health (BAH) will begin registering commercial dog and cat breeders who fall under the bill’s language. 

Within one year, the BAH will be required to annually inspect those breeders and any new breeders that set up facilities covered under the law (they can also begin inspections starting July 1, 2014, if they choose). The BAH will then license those breeders who are in compliance with existing animal welfare laws and additional provisions just passed into law. The program calls for civil, administrative and criminal penalties for those who violate the law. Click here to read more about what the law does.

The language creating breeder regulation was passed by both houses of the Minnesota Legislature as part of a supplemental budget bill that including $310,000 to administer the first year of the program. The funds in the bill came from new spending allotted by legislative leaders following a projection that the state would have a $1.23 billion surplus.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton had been a strong proponent of breeder regulation, speaking publicly to urge its passage during a 2013 rally at the State Capitol.

Approval of the bill was one of the last actions of the Legislature before it adjourned for the year, three days before the May 19 adjournment date required by the state constitution.

AHS worked to pass the breeder bill as part of the Speak Up for Minnesota Dogs and Cats coalition, which includes:A Rotta Love Plus, Animal Folks MN, Animal Humane Society, Minnesota Animal Control Association, Minnesota Humane Society, Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection, Minnkota Persian Rescue, Pause 4 Paws, Pet Haven Inc. of Minnesota, Retrieve A Golden of Minnesota, Second Chance Animal Rescue, and Tri-County Humane Society.

A fabulous 40th Walk for Animals

The Walk for Animals is Animal Humane Society’s largest fundraiser of the year. As Mother Nature shined down on us on May 3, nearly 8,000 people and 3,000 animals joined together raising nearly $950,000! Thank you so much to all of our walkers, fundraisers, sponsors and vendors. Although we didn’t raise as much as we would have liked, we are inspired knowing that on average, fundraisers raised more per person than ever before! And there is still time to contribute to the Walk before our fiscal year ends on June 30.

Be sure to check out the photos from this year’s Walk, and mark your calendars for next year’s Walk: Saturday, May 2, 2015!

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 a partnership making it possible for hundreds of Chihuahuas to fly across the country and into their new homes, including one very “Special” dog.

More Treats

They’re independent, yet cuddly. They bathe themselves. They are great companions and awesome entertainers. And adopting one will not only change your life, but it will save theirs too. June is Adopt-a-Cat Month and we have so many fabulous felines to choose from. Come meet your new best friend at any of our five locations!

Let your inner rock star loose to help animals! My Music Store in Golden Valley is holding its 15th annual Guitar Toss, a benefit for Animal Humane Society. Take a crack at seeing how far you can send a guitar flying on Saturday, July 26.