The Animal Humane Society may not open until noon, but that doesn't mean that animals are sleeping in! Volunteers and employees are in the shelters working at 6 a.m. Every cage and animal receives care, so they must get started early. The Animal Humane Society has five Twin Cities' locations, and all of them depend on a strong team both inside their doors and out in the community.
Each volunteer and employee has a special place in his or her heart for the organization. They all have rewarding experiences with the animals and thrive on feeling needed by the animals. Many of the full time employees started as volunteers. "I began volunteer work in a local rescue group and found that not was I only good at it, I could also make it a career" said Deb Balzer, Media Relations and Marketing Manager of AHS.
Education is another main component of AHS. The organization's mission is to engage the hearts, hands and minds of the community, and does this in part through education. Balzer says "Education is a very important part of the work we do and in fact, we have an entire education department dedicated to bringing awareness to children through summer day camps, after school programs, in-classroom programs and youth groups. We firmly believe that if we can help children learn responsibility and teach compassion, they will have that through adulthood."
Humane education is especially important to AHS. Studies show that if adults commit a crime, there is likelihood that they were cruel to animals as children. The startling information has prompted the Humane Society to offer Humane Education to schools and groups to help prevent violence against both animals and humans.
The Animal Humane Society also educates citizen about legislation regarding animals and humane treatment. It is important for everyone to understand what types of legislation are being passed and how it could affect the humane society. "We are working hard to ensure Minnesota laws stay humane and are encouraging supporters to join us on the journey" says Balzer. By going to www.animalhumanesociety.org/takeaction, the public can sign up for action alerts and get involved.