Smart Givers Blog
Donate to Charities Review Council
Sign up for our E-Newsletter
Search for organization to which you may donate a car or goods

Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Facebook

Animal Humane Society

Mission of the Animal Humane Society To engage the hearts, hands and minds of the community to help animals. Vision To compassionately and responsibly create a more humane world for animals. Our Core Beliefs Be good to animals. It's all about treating animals humanely. •We believe in the intrinsic value of animals. •We believe a unique and reciprocal bond exists between animals and humans. •We believe animals are worthy of our time, money and attention. Empower people. We can’t help animals without people. They are our key resource. •We believe in the power of teamwork. •We believe in collaborating with others to better serve animals. •We believe in working closely within communities, one person and one animal at a time. Balance compassion with responsibility. We are here for animals at all stages of their life. •We believe people have a responsibility to animals, especially those we have domesticated. •We believe responsibility must be led by and balanced with compassion. •We believe in an open admission policy, where no animal is turned away. Lead. By performing as a leader, we can make a difference. •We believe in being a leader within the animal welfare industry. •We believe this means having a strong regional presence and national voice. •We believe in engaging others, so as to change thoughts and actions toward animals. Be an effective steward. We are a private non-profit organization and depend on the goodwill of others. •We believe trust is our heritage. People trust us to do good. •We believe in managing monetary resources professionally and honorably. •We believe in using people’s time wisely and respecting their dedication.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 1/22/2013
845 Meadow Lane North
Golden Valley, MN 55422
EIN 41-0693842
Principal Staff Janelle Dixon, President & CEO
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 350
Number of Volunteers 1600
Number of Clients Served 26000 animals
Tags / Keywords Animal Protection & Care
General Information
Board Chair Carolyn Smith
Number of Board Members 18
Board meetings with quorum 6
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 15.5
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
Adoption and Surrender AHS is a safe refuge for animals that are neglected, lost, abandoned, or surrendered. As an open admission facility no animal is ever turned away. AHS goal is to place healthy companion animals in homes in the community. Prior to adoption, animals receive veterinary services, including spay/neuter and other medical treatments, as well as animal care, feeding and boarding. 26,212 companion animals came into AHS facilities in the year ended June 30, 2012; 16,993 were placed in homes, reunited with owners or released to other organizations. Outreach and Community Engagement AHS believes that education is a critical component of creating a more humane world for animals. Humane education programs focus on respect, social responsibility and compassion to animals. AHS fosters these concepts through school programs, youth clubs and youth summer camps, and community service projects. 13,911 people were served through AHS educational programs including 5,913 students through services in the schools. 84 young people participated in the PetSet Youth Club and 610 in summer camps; 5,417 people participated in AHS shelter tours and community events. Pet Services AHS's auxiliary services were designed to help pet owners with the challenges they may face with a pet's behavior or needing a place to board an animal when traveling. AHS's Behavior and Training Center provides more than 50 weekly pet training, socialization and play group opportunities for pets. 1,126 pets attended classes through AHS's Training Center AHS started a Behavioral Helpline to assist pet owners with particular challenges.
Current Goals
• Increase placement rate of domestic animals (85%-90% long term) • Implement / build in-shelter programs for animals to facilitate placement and reduce euthanasia (Courageous Kitty, Fresh Start, Parvo and Continue Chow Hounds (already in place)) • Target and provide services to the under-engaged part of our community (outreach). • Financial health / stability – increase program and supporting program revenue performance by approximately 3%, maintain bottom line to budget within operations. • Develop brick and mortar clinic to address needs of low income people.
Community or Constituency Served
As the leading animal welfare organization in the Upper Midwest, the Animal Humane Society is committed to engaging and serving local communities of people and animals and providing comprehensive programs and services to compassionately serve all of the stages of an animal’s life. At our campuses in Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul and Woodbury, our mission is to engage the hearts, hands and minds of the community to help animals.
Geographic Area Served
Animal Humane Society serves animals and people from its facilities in Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington and Wright Counties. The Humane Investigations unit provides services throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $7,980,016 76.3%
Management: $422,073 4%
Fundraising: $2,058,306 19.7%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2012 2011 2010
End of Year: $17,992,890 $19,212,241 $19,292,194
Beginning of Year $19,212,241 $19,292,194 $20,381,360
Difference ($1,219,351) ($79,953) ($1,089,166)
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $17,992,890
Based on information provided on 2010 to 2012
From the Council Even though Animal Humane Society has experienced 3 consecutive years of losses, the Financial Health standard is met because at least one of the last three years shows a loss of less that 2%.
Show all standards met
List of Standards Met