Main Navigation

About Animal Humane Society

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

As the leading animal welfare organization in the Upper Midwest, 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 five Twin Cities adoption centers are more than just a great place to find the perfect pet. Friendly animal experts at each location offer services and support for every stage of an animal’s life.

Adoption and surrender

Animal Humane Society helps thousands of dogs, cats, and critters in need find loving homes each year — and no animal is ever turned away.

AHS takes in every animal surrendered to us 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. We also take in animals from municipal shelters and other organizations that don’t have the resources to care for them.

Although many animals can be placed in our adoption programs as soon as they are vaccinated and sterilized, others require specialized care to overcome health and behavior issues. AHS provides extensive medical treatment, surgery, behavior modification, and foster care to those with special challenges, ensuring that even the most difficult-to-place animals have a chance at adoption.

As a result of these extraordinary efforts, more than 95 percent of the animals that came through our doors in FY16 were adopted or placed in the community.

Pet services

Animal Humane Society offers programs to serve all stages of an animal’s life, including:

  • A free Pet Helpline (952-HELP-PET) that provides caring, compassionate advice and resources to help you with everything from solving behavior problems to finding pet-friendly housing.
  • More than 70 family-friendly pet training classes each week, along with one-on-one training and socialization sessions, therapy animal courses, play groups, and rabbit agility classes.
  • Peace of mind pet boarding at Animal House in Golden Valley and at Now Boarding in South Minneapolis, just minutes away from MSP airport.
  • Low-cost spay and neuter surgeries, wellness services, and dental care for pets of people with limited means and animals in the care of other nonprofit rescues and shelters. These services, offered through Kindest Cut, are available via a mobile surgical unit and at AHS’s Melrose Animal Clinic in Golden Valley.
  • Compassionate end-of-life services and a weekly pet loss support group.
  • Competitively priced pet supplies and merchandise.
  • Online resources for pet owners, including a lost pet bulletin board and behavior resource library.

Community engagement

Animal Humane Society works with individuals and organizations across Minnesota to create a more humane world for animals. Those efforts include:

  • A Humane Investigations unit dedicated to seeking justice for animals throughout Minnesota by responding to reports of animal abuse and neglect and collaborating with local law enforcement to protect animals.
  • Education programs that foster humane values and compassion for animals, including day camps, classroom programs, and other activities for kids and families.
  • Outreach to under-engaged communities, including education programs and free or low-cost services that empower low-income pet owners and improve the lives of pets.
  • A Community Cats program focused on reducing euthanasia and providing alternative solutions for feral and free-roaming cats through return-to-field and trap-neuter-return.
  • A partnership with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota to provide emergency care for injured and orphaned wildlife in our community.
  • A robust volunteer program that enlists more than 2,500 active volunteers in providing animal enrichment, foster care, shelter support, and other assistance.

Community support

AHS is an independent nonprofit organization, not a branch of any national animal welfare organization or part of any government agency. Our work is funded solely by private donations, adoption and program fees, merchandise sales, and special events.

Help us make the world a more humane place for animals. Make a donation today!