Minnesota Humane Society is an education, advocacy, and rescue organization dedicated to protecting the lives and interests of MN's animals.


Founded in 1869, the Minnesota Humane Society (MHS) is the oldest humane society in Minnesota.  From its early victory in the late 1800’s of establishing one of the first laws making cruelty to animals a crime, we have consistently confronted the issues, raised awareness, and taken bold action to make Minnesota a better and more humane place for animals. 

MHS extends its care and concern to all animals—both domesticated and wild.


MHS has taken a leadership role in promoting humane legislation on behalf of both domesticated and wild animals.  Each legislative session, MHS works to protect Minnesota's animals.  In the late 1800's, MHS was responsible for establishing one of the first laws making cruelty to animals a crime.  Recent legislative success include repealing pound seizure where publicly funded shelters and pounds are required to provide unclaimed dogs and cats for experimental and educational purposes and the Cat and Dog Breeder Act which protects dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in Minnesota breeding facilities.  In addition, MHS has worked to repeal the hunting of mourning doves, hunting and trapping of wolves and to prevent the inhumane practice of bear hunting with hounds.

MHS does not maintain a shelter; however we rescue strays and unclaimed dogs and cats from several area impound facilities.  These animals would face euthanasia if not for our rescue program.  All MHS rescues are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, tested for a variety of health conditions and receive any needed medical attention, from deworming to surgery.  The rescues then go to a foster home or one of several Chuck and Don's in-store adoption sites.  We are a no-kill organization.  Animals live in foster homes for as long as it takes for them to find their forever home.  

MHS is also deeply committed to alleviating the suffering and reducing the population of Minnesota's feral cats.  Last year, MHS funded the spay/neuter and vaccination of 283 feral cats.  Once spayed/neutered, these cats live out their lives under the care of caretakers who provide food, water and shelter.  For those caretakers that are not able to provide shelter, MHS provides feral cat houses whenever possible.

The Minnesota Humane Society does not receive any government funding, and is completely dependent upon the generosity of people who care about animals.  As a private, nonprofit 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization, all contributions to the Minnesota Humane Society are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  On behalf of the Minnesota's animals who will benefit from your support, THANK YOU!  

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