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Animal welfare partners

Outside animal agencies

Animal Humane Society proudly partners with dozens of rescue organizations across the Midwest to help even the most challenging animals get a second chance. Animals that experience high stress in shelter environments and display fearful or aggressive behavior at AHS are often transferred to rescue groups that can provide alternative types of refuge. AHS will also transfer animals with specialized needs that cannot be cared for in our shelters (like large parrots, reptiles, or wildlife). Last year, we transferred 964 animals — 4.4 percent of our total placement number — to outside agencies.

AHS also work with rescue groups from other areas of the country where resources for animals are scarce and adoption rates are low. Last year, more than 8,300 animals from other rescue shelters were brought to AHS in search of a new home.

These rescue partnerships contribute to our placement rate, which totaled to more than 95 percent in FY16. For the second year in a row, we surpassed our goal of 90 percent placement by continuing to invest in expanded behavior programs, advanced medical treatments, foster care, and post-adoption support.

If your rescue organization is interested in partnering with Animal Humane Society, please submit an online application.

Animal Humane Society works most with the following organizations to ensure care and placement of each animal.

Companion animal organizations

Wildlife, exotic or other domestic animal organizations

Veterinary partners

Animal Humane Society is grateful to have the support of the following veterinary practices, who donate their services to help us care for special medical cases. Thank you for partnering with us to better serve the medical needs of the animals in our care.

Statewide initiatives and partners

Minnesota Alliance for Family and Animal Safety

The Minnesota Alliance for Family and Animal Safety is a diverse group of professionals and community members dedicated to working across organizations, communities and disciplines to bring an end to human-animal violence.

Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare

Animal Humane Society's vision is to compassionately and responsibly create a more humane world for animals. As a founding member of the Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare (MnPAW), we are proud to work together with nine other animal welfare groups across Minnesota to ensure a home for every healthy and treatable companion animal in the state.

Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition

Since 2005, Animal Humane Society’s Humane Investigations team has seen a 50% increase in cases affecting horses. In response, we initiated the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition (MNHWC), a group of organizations, horse rescues, humane agents and individuals working to prevent horse neglect, abandonment and abuse.

National initiatives and partners

Pet Shelters Across America

Pet Shelters Across America is consortium of the leading animal welfare organizations in the United States. PSAA is an umbrella organization representing 35 animal shelters that raise funds for local shelters. All of the members are welfare organizations that are independent, stand-alone entities that do not report to national humane organizations or receive funding or management from any national groups. Visit petsacrossamerica.org.

Shelter Animals Count

Shelter Animals Count is a new, collaborative initiative formed by a diverse group of stakeholders to create and share a national database of sheltered animal statistics, providing facts, and enabling insights that will save lives.