With your support Animal Humane Society continues to advance animal welfare and shape the way animal organizations care for animals and engage their communities.
In ﬁscal year 2019, we placed more than 93 percent of the animals entrusted to our care. Together we helped 21,356 animals ﬁnd new homes and served thousands of Minnesota families through free and affordable programs for people and pets.
Adoption and Surrender
AHS helps thousands of dogs, cats, and critters in need ﬁnd loving homes each year. AHS takes in every animal surrendered regardless of its health, age, breed, or behavior. This commitment to open admission guarantees shelter and care to thousands of animals that would otherwise have no safe refuge.
The success of Animal Humane Society’s shelter program is reﬂected in three key measures: the total number of animals admitted for rehoming, the percentage of animals with live placements (placement rate), and the average length of stay in shelter. AHS continues to achieve strong results across all three metrics.
In the year ended June 30, 2019:
22,585 animals arrived at AHS
18,684 animals adopted
+ 1,060 animals reunited with owners
+ 995 cats returned to field
+ 617 animals transferred to partner organizations
21,356 animals placed
93.6% placement rate
Average length of stay for animals in shelter
Robust medical and behavioral programs contribute to this continued success.
12,572 spay/neuter surgeries
753 cats and dogs enrolled in behavior programs
10,296 sterilized for pet owners and other rescue groups
26,367 diagnosed and treated conditions
About the Animals
Companion animal outcomes
Over the past decade, Animal Humane Society’s placement rate has improved dramatically, from 59% in FY07 to more than 93% in FY19. Placement rate is determined by using the Asilomar Live Release Rate formula, which is calculated by dividing total live outcomes (adoptions, transfers, and returns) by total outcomes (total live outcomes plus euthanasia). Companion animals that remained in our care and those surrendered for end-of-life services (owner requested euthanasia) are excluded from this calculation.
More than 93% of the animals in our care were placed in homes, reunited with owners, or released to other animal welfare organizations.
Companion animal placement total: 21,356
Companion animal placement by type
Companion animal placement by species
Companion animal intake total: 22,585
Companion animal intake by reason for surrender
Companion animal intake by species
Companion animal euthanasia total: 1,460
Euthanasia by reason*
Euthanasia by species
*AHS is committed to taking in every animal in need. Unfortunately, some animals come to us with severe or untreatable illnesses or behavior issues that prevent us from placing them in the community. If we cannot help an animal become healthy or suitable for placement, humane euthanasia is the most compassionate alternative. There is no time limit for animals in our care. More information about these statistics.
Animal Humane Society works with individuals and organizations across Minnesota to create a more humane world for animals.
Our Community Outreach program aims to increase the overall health and well-being of animals by empowering people who live in under-engaged communities through education and resources.
- 9,132 families supported in Frogtown and East St. Paul
- 1,527 free spay/neuter surgeries for pets
- 1,554 pets serves at free wellness clinics
Our education programs foster humane values and compassion for animals through day camps, classroom programs, in-shelter tours, and other activities for kids and families.
- 955 students in classroom programs
- 1,261 camp participants
- 5,773 shelter and community program participants
143 injured and orphaned wild animals received emergency care through a partnership with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota.
955 cats were served through our Community Cats program which focuses on reducing euthanasia and providing alternative solutions for feral and free-roaming cats through return-to-ﬁeld and trap-neuter-return programs.
Animal Humane Society offers more than just adoption. Our programs serve all stages of an animal’s life.
AHS Veterinary Centers (formerly Kindest Cut) deliver low-cost spay/neuter, wellness, dental, and specialty veterinary services for pets of people in need at Melrose Animal Clinic and 15 Twin Cities mobile clinic locations.
- 10,296 spay/neuter surgeries
- 2,857 wellness exams and procedures
We offer more than 100 family-friendly pet training classes each week, along with one-on-one training and socialization sessions, therapy animal courses, playgroups, and rabbit agility classes.
- 1,645 pets trained by AHS trainers
- 108,013 incoming calls
Animal House Pet Boarding
We provide personalized, peace-of-mind boarding so pets feel at home at Animal House in Golden Valley.
- 1,655 pets from 1,249 families
AHS provided compassionate end-of-life services, including owner-requested euthanasia for 2,408 pets and a weekly pet loss support group.
Our humane agents investigate possible animal cruelty or neglect throughout Minnesota.
From reports of individual animals lacking proper food, water, or shelter, to larger cases of aiding law enforcement agencies with on-site investigations and seizures, their work takes them across nearly every inch of the state.
- 1,640 requests for assistance
- 437 formal cases
- 66 counties assisted
- 5,735 animals impacted
Critical Response Team
Our Critical Response Team provides specialized expertise to support humane cases that result in the seizure or surrender of animals. Last year, Animal Humane Society removed 583 animals from dangerous or unhealthy conditions.
Animal Humane Society proudly partners with rescue organizations to help even the most challenged animals get a second chance.
Animals that experience high stress in shelter and display fearful behavior at AHS will often ﬂourish with rescue groups that can provide a non-shelter environment.
- 59 local rescue partners assisted with 617 animals (about 3% of our total placements)
AHS works with rescue groups from other areas of the country where resources for animals are scarce and adoption rates are low.
- 8,555 animals were transported to AHS from 83 local and national rescue partners
The support of donors, friends, and advocates makes our work possible.
- 46,056 individual donors
- $10.1 million in contributions
- $3.4 million in bequests
- 117,190 Pet Dish subscribers
- 117,000 Facebook followers
- 7,520 Twitter followers
- 28,500 Instagram followers
- 15,000 Youtube subscribers
More than 9,000 people and 3,000 pets attended the Walk for Animals on May 4, raising nearly $1 million to support AHS.
Animal Humane Society statement of activities
For the 12 months ended June 30, 2019
Adoption fees and program revenue: $8,507,283
Contributions - Operating: $9,419,033
Contributions - Capital Campaign: $3,851,193
Wills and estates: $3,398,998
In-kind contributions: $738,116
Special events and promotions: 993,091
Investment gain (loss): $31,155
Dividend and interest income: $252,170
Total support and revenues: $27,047,592
Rescue and outreach: $3,048,216
Adoption and surrender: $11,817,863
Pet services: $1,054,174
Management and general: $1,568,354
Capital Campaign: $760,980
Total supporting services: $5,794,406
Total expenses: $21,714,659
Change in net assets: $5,332,933
The Minnesota Charities Review Council’s Standards of Accountability state that at least 70% of an organization’s annual expenses should be for program activity with not more than 30% for management, general, and fundraising expenses combined. Animal Humane Society exceeded this standard by directing 73% of our expenses back into programming for the animals and our community.
The mission of Animal Humane Society is to engage the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals.
FY19 Board of Directors
Donna Zimmerman, Chair
Dick Hall, Vice Chair
Jennifer McNeal, Treasurer
Mark Specker, Secretary
Paul Kaminski, Past Chair
Trevor Ames, DVM, MS
Dr. Bianca Fine
Janelle Dixon, President & CEO
Janelle Dixon, President & CEO
Eileen Lay, Chief Operating & Financial Officer
Lisa Bonds, Chief Advancement Officer
Kathy Mock, Chief Government Affairs & Community Engagement Officer
Animal Humane Society serves animals and people in the seven-county metro area and beyond from its facilities in Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington counties. The Humane Investigations team serves all of Minnesota.