August 17, 2018
When you think of Animal Humane Society, it’s likely that animal adoption comes to mind. Adoption is a big part of what we do every day to help animals in need, but adoption isn’t the only thing we do.
AHS offers programs and services that keep pets healthy and in their homes, with the people they know and love. From training and boarding to our Pet Helpline, we strive to be there for pet’s and their families every step of the way.
Community Outreach: helping people and pets in need
Serving Frogtown and East St. Paul residents, the Community Outreach program aims to connect pet owners with the resources and education they need to keep their pets happy and healthy.
While Community Outreach offers services year round — such as access to low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and vaccines, or help with behavior training — its impact is most visible at its wellness clinics. Hosted in the spring and fall at local community parks, the wellness clinics provide free wellness exams, vaccines, nail trims, and spay/neuter appointment scheduling, guidance from the AHS behavior team and St. Paul Animal Control, free pet food, and more.
Frogtown and East St. Paul were specifically chosen for the outreach program as, after some research, it was determined that the communities have little access to pet care. They’re pet resource deserts, where access to veterinary care and other pet wellness needs are scarce.
“Everything is free and it’s a game-changer for a lot of families,” says Amanda Hatling, community outreach and humane education manager. “The clinics enable them to keep their pets in their lives and in their homes.”
It’s taken time to build trust with the community and make our presence known. But putting in the work year after year is paying off. Pet owners keep coming back each year, knowing they can rely on us and trust us to help their pets. At each clinic we see around 300 animals, with a record 439 dogs and cats served at our May 2018 clinic in Frogtown.
“It feels really, really good to have accomplished what we have,” Hatling says.
Low-cost wellness services
Though the Community Outreach program only serves Frogtown and East St. Paul, Animal Humane Society does offer low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and wellness services to qualified pet owners through our Veterinary Centers.
Currently our Veterinary Centers serve pet owners through a mobile clinic and the Melrose Clinic in Golden Valley. Plans are in the works to open a location in St. Paul.