What to do if you find a Stray Animal

As summer approaches and we see everything outside coming to life, we will also be seeing some pets who are roaming, exporing , and lost! There has been a lot of contradictory and confusing information circulated regarding what to do when you discover a stray cat, dog, or rabbit. At Prairie’s Edge Humane Society we receive many inquiries from citizens who would like to help these animals but are unsure of the process; I would like to attempt to clear this up for everyone.

Stray pets within the City limits of Northfield are picked up by police and impounded at Countryside Animal Hospital in Dundas. Citizens should call the Northfield Police non-emergency number and law enforcement will advise and assist you. Animals who are impounded remain at the impound facility for a mandatory 5 day stray hold; if they are not claimed, they often come to Prairie’s Edge to be made available for adoption. We cannot take them until they have completed this legal process.

Other municipalities have their own policies and it is best to check with your city government to learn the procedures where you live. The City of Faribault, for example, does have an impound contract for dogs but not for cats. Many stray cats found in Faribault come to Prairie’s Edge, and we can take them as there are no impound arrangements in that city.

Stray animals in rural areas are also subject to the policies and procedures of the county in which they are found. Please check with the local sheriff’s department for advice.

At Prairie’s Edge we can take stray animals which are not subject to the impound laws of a specific municipality; however we need to be notified when these animals are found, and we may not be able to take them immediately.  While we do house the cats at our facility in Northfield, we are quite often full and have cats waiting for a space.  All the dogs we take in live with volunteer foster families, and we may not have an appropriate home for a stray dog; strays also need to be evaluated for behavior and health, as the safety and health of our foster families is important.

We do maintain a lost pet log with information about pets that people are looking for and try to match found animals up with their owners using that information. We also can check for a microchip, which often is an effective tool for finding the owners. Lost and found animals may also be posted on facebook pages Lost Dogs MN and Northfield Lost and Found Pets.

If you are a petowner, please microchip your pet. Collars and identification tags are important but can become lost and a microchip is permanent. An animal which has been spayed or neutered is also less likely to roam.

Be safe, be careful. Check with local law enforcement if you are unsure of how to help a stray animal in your community. We can all work together to help them find their way home.

Test Drive a Car, Help Raise Money for Prairie’s Edge Humane Society!

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Test drive a new car and help the animals at Prairie’s Edge Humane Society!  Saturday, May 7th, 10 am – 2 pm, Dokmo Ford Chrysler, 1201 Hwy 3 South, Northfield.

Prairie’s Edge Humane Society will receive $20 per test drive!

For every test drive the PEHS shelter will receive $20 per household. All you have to do is spend a few minutes driving a new car around the block!  It’s that simple! Last year we had over 200 people test drive cars which raised the shelter over $4000!  Let’s do it again this year!

No pressure, no obligation, just simply drive a new car around the block and we raise money for the animals! It’s fun and it’s simple! Mark your calendars! We need you to show up!

Such an easy way to help the animals at Prairie’s Edge Humane Society!  Thank you to Clancy Dokmo and the folks at Dokmo Ford Chrysler in Northfield for this great opportunity!

The more people who test drive a car the more money Ford will donate!  It’s that simple!



Annual Dinner and Auction for the Animals!



We will continue to update the list of auction items so check back often!

Please join us for our annual Dinner and Auction for the Animals on Saturday, April 10933899_818454051525512_2249603004539771897_n[1]16, 2016 at the Northfield Ballroom.   With hundreds of items on the auction, a fabulous meal and a wonderful speaker, this is going to be a great evening of raising funds for the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society!  All proceeds will benefit the animals cared for by PEHS.

This year’s speaker is Sandie Adams-Bruin of Minnesota Canine Search, Rescue & Tracking. Sandie will be accompanied by her partner Bleu, a bloodhound who is nationally accredited through the American Mantrailing Police and Work Dog Association.  Bleu can find a scent better than any human alive.  He can find a person in the middle of the woods within minutes where normal search parties would take hours.

MCSRT is a group of volunteers brought together in a mission to help find missing persons. They provide 11999064_1600347850230745_987857278913690255_n[1]services to help find a missing person in the least possible time, saving families hours, days, weeks or even longer of agonizing worry and fear. With Bleu in the lead, search time for the missing that could take volunteers on foot and horseback days, may possibly be reduced to minutes. They are available day or night to assist family members, Law Enforcement and Fire Departments in finding lost and missing people, whether it be a lost hunter, a vulnerable adult or a child.  The organization has other dogs beside Bleu, including a nationally certified cadaver dog. MCSRT never charges a fee for their services.  We are thrilled to have Sandie and Bleu join us and share their story.

Doors open at 4 pm for viewing and bidding on silent auction items. Dinner will be served at 5:30 pm with the program following dinner.  The auction will close 20 minutes after the conclusion of the program.

Dinner Menu: Chicken breast in wine sauce or vegetarian cordon bleu, blended rice, baby red potatoes, green beans and carrots, salad, roll, dessert and beverage.  CASH BAR AVAILABLE.

Individual tickets $21.50 per person or reserve a full table of 8 for $160. (this is a discounted price for sponsoring a full table) All table sponsors will have their name listed in the program, your table reserved and signage on the table.  Table sponsorships may be purchased by businesses, families or individuals.  So round up 8 of your friends, co-workers or relatives and sponsor a table!

For more information or to purchase tickets call the shelter at 507-664-1035. You may also purchase tickets on line by clicking here.

If you would like to donate an item for the auction please contact auction@prairiesedgehs.org or call the shelter.

Valentine Adoption Special

MFVLOGOsquare-564b2ed6a01d7[1]All Senior Animals 14% adoption fee discount from now through February 13th.  All adopted animals will go home with a Valentine Day gift bag!  Each gift bag will include treats and toys for either a dog or cat as well as treats for their human!

Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society will be held on Monday, February 15, 2016, 6 pm at 680 Professional Drive, Northfield, MN 55057.   All paid members are welcome.