Grand Opening! Saturday, September 20th!

001038Join us for a Grand Opening celebration at our new facility, 680 Professional Drive in Northfield, Saturday, September 20th, noon-4 pm! See our new facility and visit the animals in our care! Refreshments, raffles, giveaways, bake sale, coupons for 5% discount on all Science Diet products sold in our retail area, as well as coupons for $15 microchipping and $5 nail trims (done by appointment at a later date, please do not bring your pets to the Grand Opening)

If you would like to donate baked goods for the bake sale, please drop them off on Thursday, September 18th from 1-6 pm or Friday, September 19th from 1- 5 pm.  Please label the item and wrap in a clear wrap.

What to do if you find a stray animal or need to turn in your pet

There has been some very incorrect information being circulated as to what exactly Prairie’s Edge Humane Society’s policy in regards to intakes of strays and owner turn ins is now that we have relocated to Northfield. All rescue/shelter organizations have different policies and may do things differently. We are all attacking the same problem but perhaps from different angles. A shelter facility may also be required legally to handle situations differently than a strictly foster based rescue group. That does not mean either situation is right or wrong. PEHS has chosen to do some of both in our future. We will house most cats/kittens at our shelter and use foster homes for the dogs.

With our move to Northfield we have placed all of our dogs into foster homes. This is a much healthier and happier environment for the dogs while they await their permanent homes. Since we no longer have kennel space at a shelter facility to house dogs this means we may not be able to take a dog in on a moment’s notice. This is why we ask that you call ahead to discuss the dog and make arrangements with us instead of just showing up with the dog at the shelter. We will need to have space available in a foster home prior to the dog coming to PEHS. We will never overflow our foster homes with numerous animals. Fostering large numbers of dogs in one home is not healthy for the dog or the foster. This does not mean that we will not take the dog; this simply means the person surrendering the dog may need to work with us on the timing of surrendering the dog. Discussing the animal ahead of time with us will also allow us to place the dog in the best foster home depending on the needs of the dog.

We are and always have been limited to the number of animals legally allowed to be housed in our shelter facility by the Minnesota State Board of Animal Health. We are a licensed kennel facility and are inspected annually by the State without prior notification. The State inspector can show up at our facility at anytime and does. Anyone may request to see our most recent inspection report and our license is posted in our lobby. This is an area where a shelter facility is very different than an organization that may be strictly foster based. We are inspected and licensed and it is public information. There are organizations that place numerous numbers of animals into one single foster home, mixing adult cats, kittens, dogs and puppies all in the same foster home. It is legal for them to do this because foster animals are not considered permanent pets so most City’s do not have a limit on foster animals in a home. The only animal limit may be in regards to the number of actual “owned” animals in the home. While this is legal, it is also a very unhealthy situation for the animals and PEHS will never do this.

Since all of the cats and kittens are housed at the PEHS shelter facility and not in foster homes, this means the PEHS shelter facility may be full at times and unable to take an animal into the facility on a moment’s notice. If we have space we will, if we do not have space we will ask the person surrendering the animal to work with us on the timing of surrendering. If we can help the owner with food or other supplies during that time we do have the ability and the resources to do that.

Accepting large numbers of animals into the facility and placing them in temporary kennels in every room we may have is not only unhealthy and abusive to the animal, it is illegal. This is not how we operate now, nor have in the past, nor ever will in the future. The number of animals in the facility at any one time is very controlled in order to prevent health issues and to care for the well being of the animals.

Our new facility is set up so that the healthy adult cats available for adoption have a separate room from the kittens available for adoption so as not to spread any possible health issues to the kittens as their immune systems are not as strong as the adults. We have a separate room for new cats coming into the shelter where they can get acclimated to the shelter in private and we can assess their health and behavior. There is a separate ISO room for cats that are sick so that they are not contaminating the space of the healthy cats. We sanitize kennels and living spaces daily; we monitor their food and health daily.

Each municipality handles stray animals differently. This is why we ask that you call ahead if you find a stray animal and not just show up at the shelter with the animal. In Northfield all stray animals must be sent to the City impound facility, which is not PEHS. If you find a stray animal within the City limits of Northfield you will need to contact the Animal Control Officer by calling the non-emergency number at the Northfield Police Department. An officer will pick up the animal and transport it to the impound facility. PEHS cannot take in a stray animal found within the City limits of Northfield. The animal needs to go through the proper channels. If the animal is not claimed by the owner from impound after 5 days, the impound facility becomes the owner of the animal and will either place it for adoption themselves or it may be turned over to PEHS for adoption.

If you have lost your pet in the Northfield area you should contact Countryside Animal Hospital as they are the impound facility to see if they have your pet. You will need to pay an impound fee to have your pet returned to you. If you do not find your pet there, you should still call PEHS to give us a description of your pet so that we can log it in our lost/found animal log in case we receive a call that someone has found an animal that matches the description. We have matched many lost pets with owners by doing this. (Microchipping your pet will also insure a faster reunion should your pet become lost. PEHS will microchip your pet for only $20)

If you find a stray animal in a rural area, outside of Northfield City limits, please call PEHS prior to bringing the animal to our shelter facility to discuss if we have space at that time or if we can help you with making other arrangements for the animal. If we do not currently have an open foster home or space at the shelter, we may ask you to hold the animal if possible and we will help you with food and supplies if need be until we have space available or if this is not possible we have a list of contacts for other rescue/shelter organizations that we would recommend contacting. We will ask you for a description of the animal so that we can log it in our lost/found animal log in case an owner calls looking for a lost pet. We may also ask that you bring the animal in to us to scan it for a microchip so that we can find the owner. Just because we are unable to take an animal on a moment’s notice does not mean that we will not do what we can to help reunite that lost animal with its owner or help the finder care for the animal.

If you find a stray animal within the City limits of another municipality other than Northfield, you will need to check with the local law enforcement on their City policy for handling stray animals or call us ahead of bringing us the animal so that we can inform you of that particular City’s policy. All municipalities handle stray animals differently. We may be able to take the animal depending on the location found and our space available. It is also important if you find an animal in another municipality that the animal stay with a shelter or rescue organization in that general area so that the owner will be able to locate their pet much easier.

If you need to turn your pet over to the shelter, we are asking people to call ahead and discuss the options for the animal instead of just showing up with the animal to avoid putting the animal as well as the owner through the stress and emotion of turning in a pet to the shelter in case there may be other options available to them which will help them keep their pet instead of having to make the heartbreaking decision to surrender their pet. We want to discuss the reasons for surrendering the pet ahead of time as well in order to ensure the best outcome for the animal. Isn’t it best for the animal to stay in the home they know with the people they know if that can be made possible and is the best outcome for the animal?

There are many rescue and shelter organizations who work hard to care for the numerous homeless, abused and lost animals. Most are reputable, some are not, most have policies to ensure the health and well being of every animal in their care, and some do not. When making the heartbreaking decision to surrender your pet, or the decision to donate funds, please research the organization you are entrusting the care of the animal to or the use of your funds. PEHS will give you a tour of our facility, show you our most recent State inspection if requested and you will meet the people who will directly be caring for the animals. We have a dedicated group of professional staff as well as volunteers. We have a veterinarian on site twice a week to do surgeries and check the health of the animals in our care. We have our own surgery and medical space on site. We follow all local City and State requirements. We provide community services and educational programs. We work hard to re-home animals into the best home possible for their specific needs. We care for these animals as if they were our own family pets.

Do we want to help them all? Yes. Can we help them all? No. Is there space to help them all? No. Do we cry when we cannot help them all? Yes. Do we lose sleep over the ones we cannot help? Yes. That is the reality. There are space limits, there are legal limits, and unfortunately there are monetary limits as well. So we do what we can, with the space we have and the money we have.

If you wish to know more information in regards to Prairie’s Edge Humane Society’s policies, please contact us directly so that you receive the accurate information.

If you want to help PEHS make a difference for more animals you can by becoming a foster home for dogs or newborn kittens. You can donate funds on line on our website or you can mail a check to: Prairie’s Edge Humane Society, 680 Professional Drive, Northfield, MN 55057.

 

 

Regular Hours of Operation Begin This Week!

Our facility at 680 Professional Drive in Northfield will begin its reqular hours of operation this week.  Beginning September 9th our regular hours will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 1-5 pm, Thursday, 1-6 pm, Saturday noon-4 pm or by appointment during off hours by calling ahead of time 507-664-1035.  We will be closed on Sunday’s and Monday’s.

How You Can Help With Our New Facility Fundraising Campaign

Ilogo[1] (2)f you look at our logo you will see a cat and a dog looking at the horizon with expectations of a happy life, and our move to Northfield will make that happen for so many animals in our community.

We have been working hard over the summer to remodel, set up and get everything in place at a new, updated, healthy facility in Northfield and we are so happy and excited for the animals to announce that we are now open!

We are so grateful for the generosity of our volunteers and donors who have helped make this move to a new facility happen, a place that we can care for so many animals in need and offer programs to our community that are not available elsewhere.

We still need your help however.  When the decision to move was made we set a fundraising goal of $25,000 by the end of the summer.  Well, summer is coming to a close and we are about $8000 short of our goal.  We would like to finish up this campaign with a big push by the end of September.  We are planning a grand opening celebration for the end of September and would love to announce that we have reached our goal.

How can you help? Consider a pledge to support the homeless animals hoping for a happy new life.  Pledges of $250 or more can be paid over 2 years.  We suggest the following levels of support, however any monetary amount is always appreciated:

Family Gifts $50

Community Partners $100

Silver Partners $250

Gold Partners $500

Platinum Partners $1000

Foundation Builders $2500

Donations of $250 or more will be recognized on a plaque in the lobby of our new facility.  Donations can be mailed to us at Prairie’s Edge Humane Society, 680 Professional Drive, Northfield, MN 55057, or you may make a secure donation on our website prairiesedgehs.org, simply click on the “donate” tab, designate your donation for “Moving Campaign”.

On behalf of the animals who cannot speak for themselves, thank you for your continued support of our mission to help needy and homeless animals in our community!

Our Northfield Facility is Open!

001024We are now open for business in our new facility at 680 Professional Drive, Northfield.  Our new phone number is 507-664-1035.  We will have limited hours this week, Tuesday-Friday, September 2nd-5th we will be open from 1-5 pm.  We will be closed on Saturday, September 6th.  Our regular business hours will begin the week of September 8th.  At that time our normal hours of operation will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 1-5 pm, Thursday 1-6 pm, and Saturday noon-4 pm.  We will be closed on Sunday’s and Monday’s.  We will also have hours available by appointment outside of our regular hours of operation for adoption processing.

028With our move to Northfield we have placed all of our dogs into foster homes. This is a much healthier and happier environment for the dogs while they await their permanent homes. You can see our dogs available for adoption on our website.  If you are interested in meeting a dog that you are considering adopting please call us at 507-664-1035 to set up a time to meet with the foster.010

If you are considering surrendering an animal to the shelter please call ahead to discuss the options and our availability to take the animal.

Since we no longer have kennel space at a shelter facility to house dogs this means we may not be able to take a dog in on a moment’s notice. This is why we ask that you call ahead to discuss the dog and make arrangements with us instead of just showing up with the dog at the shelter. We will need to have space available in a foster home prior to the dog coming to PEHS. We will never overflow our foster homes with numerous animals. Fostering large numbers of dogs in one home is not healthy for the dog or the foster. This does not mean that we will not take the dog; this simply means the person surrendering the dog may need to work with us on the timing of surrendering the dog. Discussing the animal ahead of time with us will also allow us to place the dog in the best foster home depending on the needs of the dog.  We are in need of more foster homes for dogs.  If you want to help us help more animals please consider becoming a foster home!038

Since all of the cats and kittens are housed at the PEHS shelter facility and not in foster homes, this means the PEHS shelter facility may be full at times and unable to take an animal into the facility on a moment’s notice. If we have space we will, if we do not have space we will ask the person surrendering the animal to work with us on the timing of surrendering. If we can help the owner with food or other supplies during that time we do have the ability and the resources to do that.  Our new Northfield facility is actually able to house more cats than our previous facility so we are able to help more animals than we were in the past.

Each municipality handles stray animals differently and you will need to go through the proper channels when turning in a stray animal. This is why we ask that you call ahead if you find a stray animal and not just show up at the shelter with the animal. In Northfield all stray animals must be sent to the City impound facility, which is not PEHS. If you find a stray animal within the City limits of Northfield you will need to contact the Animal Control Officer by calling the non-emergency number at the Northfield Police Department. An officer will pick up the animal and transport it to the impound facility. PEHS cannot take in a stray animal found within the City limits of Northfield. The animal needs to go through the proper channels. If the animal is not claimed by the owner from impound after 5 days, the impound facility becomes the owner of the animal and will either place it for adoption themselves or it may be turned over to PEHS for adoption.020

If you have lost your pet in the Northfield area you should contact Countryside Animal Hospital as they are the impound facility to see if they have your pet. You will need to pay an impound fee to have your pet returned to you. If you do not find your pet there, you should still call PEHS to give us a description of your pet so that we can log it in our lost/found animal log in case we receive a call that someone has found an animal that matches the description. We have matched many lost pets with owners by doing this. (Microchipping your pet will also insure a faster reunion should your pet become lost. PEHS will microchip your pet for only $20)

If you find a stray animal in a rural area, outside of Northfield City limits, please call PEHS prior to bringing the animal to our shelter facility to discuss if we have space at that time or if we can help you with making other arrangements for the animal. If we do not currently have an open foster home or space at the shelter, we may ask you to hold the animal if possible and we will help you with food and supplies if need be until we have space available or if this is not possible we have a list of contacts for other rescue/shelter organizations that we would recommend contacting. We will ask you for a description of the animal so that we can log it in our lost/found animal log in case an owner calls looking for a lost pet. We may also ask that you bring the animal in to us to scan it for a microchip so that we can find the owner. Just because we are unable to take an animal on a moment’s notice does not mean that we will not do what we can to help reunite that lost animal with its owner or help the finder care for the animal.

If you find a stray animal within the City limits of another municipality other than Northfield, you will need to check with the local law enforcement on their City policy for handling stray animals or call us ahead of bringing us the animal so that we can inform you of that particular City’s policy. All municipalities handle stray animals differently. We may be able to take the animal depending on the location found and our space available. It is also important if you find an animal in another municipality that the animal stay with a shelter or rescue organization in that general area so that the owner will be able to locate their pet much easier.

We are asking people to call ahead and discuss the options for the animal instead of just showing up with the animal to avoid putting the animal as well as the owner through the stress and emotion of turning in a pet to the shelter.  There may be other options available to them which will help them keep their pet instead of having to make the heartbreaking decision to surrender their pet. We want to discuss the reasons for surrendering the pet ahead of time as well in order to ensure the best outcome for the animal.

All animals available for adoption from PEHS have been spayed/neutered. All cats are up to date on age appropriate vaccinations, feline leukemia and FIV tested, received a routine ear mite treatment, dewormed and microchipped. All dogs are up to date on vaccinations, heartworm tested, dewormed and microchipped. You will be given all veterinary records for the animal you adopt. All animals adopted from PEHS receive a free wellness check from participating area veterinarians and go home with a sample bag of the Science Diet food they have been receiving while in our care. This is all included in your adoption fee when you adopt an animal from PEHS. Our adoption fee for adult cats (1 yr and older) is $50, kittens 6-11 mos. $60, under 6 mos. $75. Dog adoption fees vary depending on the dog.

We hope you will stop in to see our new facility!