About Animal Humane Society

Every year Animal Humane Society cares for more than 23,000 animals in need and helps thousands more through programs for people and pets.

As one of the nation's leading animal welfare organizations, AHS is transforming the way shelters care for animals and engage their communities. From innovative medical and behavior programs to investments in outreach and advocacy, we’re advancing animal welfare and creating a more humane world for animals everywhere.

Our four Twin Cities adoption centers are more than just a great place to find and adopt the perfect pet. Friendly animal experts at each location offer services and support for every stage of an animal’s life. Plus, we work with individuals and organizations across Minnesota and beyond, advocating for the health and safety of animals, no matter where they are.


Animal Humane Society has been engaging the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals since 1878.

In 2007, three Minnesota organizations — Animal Humane Society (established in 1891), the Greater West Metro Humane Society (established in 1980), and the Humane Society for Companion Animals (established in 1878) — merged to form a new Animal Humane Society with locations in Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul, and Woodbury.

Review our historical timeline.

Is Animal Humane Society a no-kill organization?

Although our placement rate exceeds the 90 percent benchmark often used to qualify a shelter as no-kill, we do not identify as a no-kill organization.

AHS has an open admission philosophy, which means we accept every animal that is surrendered to us regardless of health, age, breed, or behavior.

Every animal in our care receives a medical and behavioral evaluation upon admission. Many animals can be placed in our adoptions programs immediately, but we provide behavior modification, medical treatment, and foster care to many others, ensuring that even the most difficult-to-place animals have a chance at adoption. There is no time limit placed on animals in our adoption centers. Due to severe or untreatable illnesses or untreatable behavior issues, we sometimes face the difficult decision to euthanize an animal — but only when we’ve exhausted all other options.

We continue to make great strides in increasing our placement rate year after year. During our 2018 fiscal year more than 95 percent of the animals entrusted to our care were adopted into homes, reunited with owners, or placed with other animal welfare organizations.

Learn more about how we define our work.

How is Animal Humane Society funded?

AHS is an independent nonprofit organization that serves Minnesota and the Twin Cities metro area. We are not affiliated with or funded by any other national group and we do not receive any financial aid from the city, state, or federal government. Most of the funds necessary to operate our organization are raised through donations and bequests, special events such as the Walk for Animals, adoption fees, and merchandise sales in our adoption centers. AHS is a 501(c)(3) organization. Read more detailed information in our financial reports.


To engage the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals.


To compassionately and responsibly create a more humane world for animals.

Core Values

Be good to animals. Partner with people. Lead responsibly with compassion.

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