Give to the Max Day raised nearly $200,000 in 24 hours!
On November 16, nearly 2,000 caring Minnesotans Gave to the Max to create happy new beginnings for homeless and neglected animals in our community. In just 24 hours, 1,918 people donated $141,766 through GiveMN.org — more than double the funds raised and number of donors who contributed last year!
By 9:30 a.m. the first $31,000 was raised and matched dollar for dollar through matching funds from a group of donors who Gave to the Max last year. Then later that afternoon Tammy and Michael Hilliard called to see if they could offer a second match to raise $10,000 for spay/neuter — we said "yes, absolutely!" and donors amazed us by meeting their challenge within a few short hours. Plus, the Animal Humane Society received an additional $12,000 in bonus funds for having the second highest number of donors and for winning TWO Golden Ticket Challenges. That's a total of $194,766 to help homeless animals — hooray!
Give to the Max Day 2010 will have a lasting impact in the lives of all the animals that come to us in need and the lives of Minnesotans that will find unconditional love with their newly adopted furry companions. This was truly an incredible day for the animals in our community and we are deeply touched by the outpouring of support.
Giving thanks at Animal Humane Society
The holiday season is a time to express appreciation for the people and things in our lives. At Animal Humane Society, we find that there is so much to be grateful for in the course of our work and we wanted to let you in on a few of the things for which we give thanks.
“I am thankful that I get to come to work every day and absolutely love what I do and the people I work with. Every single day we get to make a difference in the lives of people and animals.” Pete Sorenson, Site Manager, St. Paul
“I am thankful for the passion and dedication of our volunteers and the positive impact they have on the animals in our care. I love to see the excitement in a volunteer's face when an animal finds a forever home.” Dorothy Grinolds, Volunteer Services Coordinator, Woodbury
“I’m thankful for all of our veterinarians and the incredible dedication they each have to their work. I’m also thankful for all of our supporters in the community who allow us to carry out our mission each day.” Melanie Sharpe, Senior Veterinarian, Buffalo
“I am thankful for all the people who are willing to adopt a shelter animal, for being able to work with and learn from exceptional people at AHS, and for my new dog Blue who I adopted in June.” Kate Varns, Behavior and Training, Golden Valley
“I am thankful for the great staff in Woodbury that makes me look forward to coming to work every day. I am also thankful that we can move animals to adoption much faster and more efficiently than ever before.” Terry Briggs, Veterinary Technician, Woodbury
“I am thankful for having a job that allows me to do what I am passionate about. I love saving lives, making a difference in the quality of care wildlife receives, and helping people who seek assistance or advice regarding wildlife.” Nicole Wallace, Wildlife Veterinary Technician, Golden Valley
“I’m thankful that AHS is committed to looking at new ways of doing things, all with the goal of reducing euthanasia. I’m thankful that we can be there for both the animals and people who have no where else to go.” Jen Faehnrich, Community Programs Coordinator, St. Paul
“I am thankful that my professional path led me to AHS where the silent voices of animals spoke to my heart, changing my whole identity. I am fortunate to experience the joy of a true family that includes everyone at AHS and my dog and cats at home.” Matthew Baxley, Humane Educator, Golden Valley
At Animal Humane Society, we extend our greatest thanks to you. Thank you for supporting our work and being an incredible friend to the animals. top
Whisker Whirl a celebration beyond the holidays
Before you get busy this holiday season give yourself and your canine best friend a special treat by purchasing tickets to Whisker Whirl. This incredible gala event for you and your pup will take place at The Depot in Minneapolis on Saturday, February 19 to benefit the animals in our care. Get out and mingle this winter by joining us for this spectacular event! Click here for all the details. top
Giving warm fuzzies with Snow Angels
Each year, Animal Humane Society hand selects a few adopted animals whose stories will help share the great work we do and spread holiday cheer to your family and friends. This year, five new animal stories were chosen and added to the already great stories we told last year. Called Snow Angels, this year's stories include a video bonus online. Get your Snow Angels now for the loved ones in your life. top
AHS two-day pet supply sale
Whether you’re in the market for holiday gifts or just stocking up on pet supplies, you’ll find plenty of deals at Animal Humane Society’s two-day sale on new and gently used pet supplies. Find kennels, carriers and bird cages along with pet bedding, toys and funky holiday-themed decorations all at a great price.
When you shop for your animal, you’ll be helping the nearly 36,000 animals that Animal Humane Society takes in each year. Now that’s shopping you can feel good about!
Where: Animal Humane Society, 845 Meadow Lane N, Golden Valley
When: Saturday, December 11 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, December 12 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. top
Pet Dish Pet Tips with Paula Zukoff
Our Thanksgiving feasts are full of temptation for our four-legged friends. Learn from AHS Behavior and Training Manager Paula Zukoff on how to manage your dog's desire to join you and your guests at the table.
Don’t forget to send us your training questions
Let us know your training question by sending us an email, or better yet sending a video showing us the problems you're having with your dog or cat! Send videos and emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.