Anonymous donor makes $1 million gift to AHS

April 6, 2022

Animal Humane Society (AHS) received a $1 million gift from an anonymous Twin Cities animal lover — one of the largest donations in the organization’s 144-year history. 

“This gift recognizes the important place animals hold in our lives and our communities — and the critical role AHS plays in supporting animals and the people who love them,” said AHS President and CEO Janelle Dixon.  

The gift is an early investment in a planned capital campaign that will transform AHS to meet the changing needs of animals and people in Minnesota. The contribution will support the eventual construction of a new, first-of-its-kind adoption and animal care campus in St. Paul. 

The anonymous donor — a lifelong animal lover and longtime AHS supporter — hopes that her gift will inspire others to support this important effort. “AHS has been an extraordinary gift to our community, our state, and even to our nation,” the donor said. “Over time AHS has made a strong, creative, and lasting imprint for its future. It’s certainly a privilege to be able to support this organization and help make the world a better place for animals.” 

A Minnesota nonprofit, AHS is recognized as a national leader in animal welfare and a trusted local resource for animals and the people who love them. Its programs impact more than 100,000 animals and their people across the state each year. 

In a typical year AHS takes in more than 22,000 animals in need — more than every other animal welfare organization and municipal shelter in the Twin Cities combined. Its commitment to open admission guarantees safe refuge to every animal that comes to it for help. Today, thanks to innovations and investments in medical treatment and behavioral rehabilitation, more than 94% of the animals entrusted to its care are placed in the community. 

AHS also provides low-cost services that support animals and people throughout their lives, from pet behavior resources and family-friendly training classes to humane education programs and affordable veterinary care. 

This gift will help AHS continue its transformational work. AHS receives no government funding, and all its programs are funded by private donations and modest fees for the services it provides. 

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