All posts by Kathleen Jasnoch

Photos and report on Prairie’s Edge Humane Society 25th Anniversary

Prairie’s Edge Humane Society celebrated its 25th Anniversary on March 26th at the Eagle’s Club in Northfield. See all 98 photos of the event in this PEHS Facebook photo album.

Prairie's Edge Humane Society 25th AnniversaryEvents included dinner, a silent auction fundraiser, and a presentation by some very special guests: Dexter, a Prairie’s Edge Humane Society Alumni, as well as his trainer Jan Ballard and his handler Sgt. Craig Olson. Dexter was an injured stray adopted from the humane society in 2009 and is now employed as a certified explosives detection dog at the MSP airport. They gave a wonderful presentation about what Dexter does and how he is trained. Dexter also did a meet and greet opportunity which raised money for the shelter. People paid $1.00 to meet Dexter & receive a sloppy greeting from him.

Prairie's Edge Humane Society 25th AnniversaryThe dinner was attended by 130 people and the celebration was a huge success. Prairie’s Edge Humane Society began in 1986 as Rice County Humane Society, a group of dedicated people who fostered homeless animals, and evolved into the organization it is today, operating  a building in Faribault that takes in approximately 1200 animals per year. Since it’s inception, Prairie’s Edge has found homes for over 12,000 animals. On behalf of the animals who cannot speak for themselves, Prairie’s Edge is grateful for all the support over the years in our mission; "To promote the value of animals through care and education".

Puppies! Puppies! Puppies! by Kathy Jasnoch

[show_avatar]June may be Adopt A Cat month here at Prairie’s Edge Humane Society and we have lots of wonderful cats, but we also have PUPPIES!

We have a male Newfoundland mix named Chong who is 6 months old, he was a stray so we don’t know a lot about him.  He loves to play! We also have three Australian Cattle Dog mixes who are two months old.  Marcia, Bobby and Cindy were born at the shelter and spent some time in one of our fabulous foster homes.  They are now back at the shelter and ready to find their forever homes.  They are playful and love kids and other dogs.

All of these fabulous puppies are up to date on vaccinations and are spayed or neutered.  Summer is a great time to train a puppy!  For information on these puppies and all of our other adoptable animals please View Our Adoptable Animals at

Prairie’s Edge Humane Society Spring Walk for the Animals, by Kathleen Jasnosch

[show_avatar]Please join us this Saturday morning for our 23rd Annual Spring Walk for the Animals fundraiser. Registration begins at 8 am at Alexander Park North in Faribault. The walk continues until Noon with a Grand Marshall Kickoff at 9 am. Prizes, games, snacks for people and pets. Walkers who raise a minimum of $50 get a tshirt. Tshirts are also for sale. For fundraising details, contact us: the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society.

Events to benefit Prairie’s Edge Humane Society, by Kathy Jasnoch

Prairie's Edge Humane Society[show_avatar]At 7 pm on Friday, April 20, join us at the Northfield Eagles Club for bingo to benefit the the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society (PEHO).

On Thursday, April 29  from 5-7 pm, Bridgewater Elementary School Students are hosting a garage sale to benefit the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society (PEHO) at the school.

See our April coming events blog post for more. Thanks to all our loyal supporters!

Prairie’s Edge Humane Society Celebrates New Name, by Kathy Jasnoch

[show_avatar]In celebration of our new name and our excitement about the future of our organization, the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society, (formerly the Rice County Humane Society), will host an open house on Saturday, April 24 from 12 noon to 3 pm. Events will include food, face paint, tours of the facility, and of course the opportunity to meet and adopt our wonderful animals. We are undergoing a physical facelift thanks to donated materials and volunteer labor!  The painting party in fact starts this Saturday, April 3rd. Please call 507-334-7117  if you would like to offer your time and talents.

Also, we are conducting a membership drive starting in April. We will be changing to once a year renewals and all members will be contacted by mail. A new opportunity is a sustaining membership. Monthly donations given automatically through a bank account or credit card receive a thank you gift; best of all, members may choose the amount of their sustaining gift.

Please join us at our open house and consider a sustaining membership.

– Kathy Jasnoch, President, Prairie’s Edge Humane Society.

Prairie’s Edge Humane Society: new officers, new name, new blogsite by Kathy Jasnoch

[show_avatar]The Prairie’s Edge Humane Society, formerly the Rice County Humane Society, held its annual meeting on February 13th. New officers elected are: President, Kathy Jasnoch (that’s me!); Vice President/Treasurer Denise Budd; Secretary Priscilla Paton. Dr. Terri Derr will continue to serve as chief operating officer and LeeAnn Bestland is our newly minted Chief Executive Officer. All in attendance were pleased with the direction of the organization and the accomplishments of 2009.  There is a lot of excitement about the coming year, especially in regard to our new name, website, and some exciting ideas for the future. Soon we will reveal our revised mission statement.

CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE (with a blog):  More to come on our new look; the organization is full of fresh energy!

Think about joining us as volunteers, members, foster parents-there are many opportunities available. Check the new web site and give us a call!

We thank Community Resource Bank for the use of their meeting room for our facility and all of the Northfield businesses who give us their continued support.

Rice County Humane Society will soon be Prairie’s Edge Humane Society by Kathy Jasnoch

[show_avatar]The Rice County Humane Society Inc. will soon be known as Prairie’s Edge Humane Society. We will be phasing in the new name gradually over the next few months. We are very excited about the future as we launch a new web site and a new logo in February. This decision was made after much discussion and we will have a party to celebrate our new name in the Spring.

Why are we changing? For many reasons, one of which is the mistaken impression that we are a government subsidized agency. Yes, we do receive an allocation from Rice County each year, but it is generally abour 2% of our budgeted income. We depend upon grants, donations, and adoptions to fund our mission.

We are an open door animal shelter located in Faribault and serving all of Rice County. In 2009 we took in 1230 homeless animals. We are dedicated to the human sheltering and care of unwanted pets and to the promotion of spay and neuter as a non lethal solution to the pet overpopulation problem.


Kathy Jasnoch, Vice President, Rice County Humane Society

Rice County Humane Society’s Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser by Kathy Jasnoch

[show_avatar]We are thrilled to be members of Locally Grown Northfield, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Premier Bank Northfield. We are the Humane Society that serves Northfield, (and all of Rice County) which is often overlooked when people notice that our building is in Faribault.

Please join us at our 2nd Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Sunday, January 31st at the Northfield Eagles Club, 304 S. Water St. All you can eat pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice for only $6.00, $3.00 for children 8 and under.  We will be serving from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. No football that day, so spend some time with us and help the animals.

Tickets are available at the door, at Cannon Valley Veterinary Clinic, Countryside Animal Hospital, Premier Bank Northfield, Chuck and Don’s Pet Food Outlet, and at the RCHS Shelter at 1201 Cannon Circle, Faribault. Continue reading Rice County Humane Society’s Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser by Kathy Jasnoch