Animal Humane Society’s outreach programs support the health and well-being of animals in Twin Cities communities where poverty is high, resources are scarce, and affordable pet care services are limited.
Since 2013 these programs have supported thousands of pets and families in Frogtown and East St. Paul by hosting wellness clinics at community parks and shuttling animals to our Kindest Cut clinic in Golden Valley.
But that’s about to change. In April AHS purchased a 10,000 square-foot building on University Avenue in St. Paul that will eventually house outreach programs and a new veterinary clinic in the heart of these underserved communities.
This new facility will help AHS fill a vital need in an area with few pet resources. “The people in these communities love their pets,” says Kathy Mock, chief government affairs and community engagement officer at AHS.
“One of the biggest barriers they face is the lack of access to affordable veterinary care. This new clinic and program center will make a huge difference.” Creating a permanent presence also demonstrates our commitment to these communities, says Mock. “We want people to know that we’re here to stay.” The building — at 1159 University Avenue West — is located a block from the Lexington Avenue transit station. It includes off-street parking and ample space for training classes, educational programs, and office space in addition to a clinic.
AHS will renovate and occupy the building in stages. Starting later this year, it will be home to our outreach team as well as pet training classes and educational programs. The veterinary clinic will open later, after AHS has raised funds to renovate and build out the clinic space.
AHS is also in the early stages of planning for a new St. Paul adoption campus to replace our aging shelter in Como Park. We’ll share more about both of these exciting projects as our plans take shape.