In this issue:
One night Mack’s pregnant mother was left in the overnight surrender area. She was a stray and dropped off by a kindhearted stranger. While we don’t know how this pug lived on the streets as a stray, we are very thankful that Mack’s mom was brought to AHS—the next day she gave birth to five puppies. Of that litter, only Mack and his sister survived.
Alone on the streets, Mack would not have been so lucky.
Mack was treated in the P Ward in Golden Valley—a ward AHS staff has lovingly nicknamed Pediatrics. There his mother recovered and cared for her pups. Lullabies played and the staff made extra special care to check in on the cute puppies and loving mother.
Thanks to the kindness of friends like you, Mack found a place to call home and a caring family to call his own. But countless other animals are homeless, hurting and at risk.
There are many more animals that need our help—innocent, vulnerable creatures who have been left alone. This year we are challenged to provide love and care to nearly 35,000 animals that come through our doors.
Join us in a very important effort—our Annual Holiday Fund Drive. Your generous gift of any amount will help:
AHS receives no tax dollars from any government agency. That means friends like you are the only help for the hurting dogs and cats we serve.
You help save animals from suffering and keep them off the streets. You also bring great joy to the caring humans who adopted these furry friends and make them part of their families.
Click here to give a gift to support even more animals.
Thank you on behalf of our animal friends.
The harsh reality is that animal abuse and neglect happens. Often it is intentional; sometimes it’s due to misguided care. No matter the cause, Animal Humane Society humane agents—the only two in the state of Minnesota—are out there being a voice for these animals.
In a recent case, Humane Agent Keith Streff was called to assist the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office with 29 dogs found on an abandoned farm in dire circumstances. This is their story…
Double your donation to AHS, for free
Give to the Max Day, Tuesday, November 17
Remember all those times your mother told you that money didn’t grow on trees? On Tuesday, November 17 you can tell her she wasn’t quite right about that lesson.
GiveMN.org is changing the way Minnesotans give and on its Give to the Max Day will double the contribution you make to Animal Humane Society. This opportunity is provided through a grant the organization received from The Saint Paul Foundation, Minneapolis Foundation and Bush Foundation. The grant will match all donations made through GiveMN.org up to $500,000.
Make your donation to Animal Humane Society through GiveMN.org from 8 a.m., Tuesday, November 17, 2009 to 8 a.m., Wednesday, November 18, 2009 and your gift will be matched. And don’t forget to tell your mother.
Be a community-minded kid
Or help your kid be one
Eleven-year-old Hayley Mans and her little sister Piper were given a gift by their late aunt, Mary Jo Segar. Mary, who did not have any children, left each of her grandnieces and nephews money they could then contribute to a charity of their choice. Hayley and Piper chose to donate $4,800 to Feed My Starving Children and $4,800 to the Animal Humane Society.
“I like animals, especially dogs,” said Hayley. “But it felt good that I was helping all animals.”
The joy they get from being with animals motivated Hayley and Piper to contribute to AHS. That is what has motivated many kids to create and organize materials and events for the animals in our care.
These are just a few ideas to get your child started on community service projects for AHS. Click here for more ideas and to get your child started today.
Reserve your pet’s stay for the holiday
Get a head start on your holiday travel plans and book your pet’s stay with AHS Golden Valley Boarding or Now Boarding today! Both facilities offer a wide-range of services for you and your pet, while also supporting the programs, services and animals of AHS. Space is filling fast. Make your reservation today.
Not traveling far? Give your pup a holiday for a day by signing him up for doggy daycare at either facility.
Celebrate family birthdays with the animals
Schedule your child's next birthday at Animal Humane Society! AHS birthday parties include a shelter tour, educational activities, animal-themed games and crafts and a visit from a special animal guest. Participants may also make a toy or other item to donate to a shelter animal. Parties can be scheduled for ages 6+ at any AHS location four to six weeks in advance of your party animal’s special day. Learn more…
Get your pet next to Santa - and help homeless animals
Santa will be ready for every member of your family at the Northtown Mall in Blaine later this month, so go ahead and buy those reindeer headbands for this year’s holiday card—but don’t forget one for your four-legged kid. Pet Photo Nights kicks off on Friday, November 20 and offers dates through early December for you to get your family’s picture taken with your pet. Each photo package purchased benefits AHS. Learn more…
Celebrate the life of your lost pet
AHS is available to you through all the stages of your animal’s life, including when an animal passes away, is lost or stolen, or must be placed in a new home. We recognize the sorrow that comes with such loss and invite you to attend our Pet Loss Support Group where you can share your feelings with others who are going through a similar experience. Or, if you prefer, pay tribute to in your own words by creating a Tributes page for your pet. Funds raised benefit AHS animals.
Enrich your life with a senior pet
Many don’t know this, but November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. AHS sees a lot of senior animals go into new homes; however, for many, that’s only after an extended stay in the shelter. Senior animals are often overlooked for the rambunction of their younger counterparts, but during the month of November, we ask you to consider these pets and look at the benefits they can bring to your life.
On the flip side, studies have shown that independently living seniors who own pets tend to have better physical and mental well being than those who do not own a pet. Consider our Pets for Seniors program sponsored by Purina. Seniors 60+ years of age may adopt a cat three years or older and receive a $50 discount on the adoption fee. Some restrictions do apply and a limited number of applications are available each month. Call (763) 5832-4325 for more information.
Don’t overlook Squishy as a great first pet
Last year may have been the Year of the Rat, but in recent weeks we’ve been reminded that rats are still a popular family pet. Remember Squishy and his friends? Most are still available for adoption and looking for families where they can make great first pets. Get to know the rats at AHS and consider one for your responsible child. They’ll be amazed the first time their rat laughs when they tickle him!