Susan Perry Memorial Walk for the Animals and 5K Dog Run, Saturday, October 13th

Susan PerrySusan Perry had a huge love of all animals and was a great supporter and dedicated volunteer of Prairie’s Edge Humane Society. Sue tragically passed away in 2009. She was a long time Northfield resident and employee of Cannon Valley Veterinary Clinic. She was generous to people and animals and is missed by everyone who was blessed to have known her. Prior to her death, Susan had been actively working with Prairie’s Edge Humane Society to plan a Walk for the Animals which would be held in Northfield each fall. After her death, it was obvious to all involved that not only should the planning for the Walk continue, but is should be done so in her honor.

Please help us honor Sue’s love of animals and the love shared by you and your pet by attending the 4th Annual Susan Perry Memorial Walk for the Animals and 5K Dog Run on Saturday, October 13th, here in Northfield beginning at the Northfield Dog Park along Hwy. 3. This year we are excited to announce the addition of a 5K Dog Run to the activities as well! All proceeds will benefit the animals at the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society. If you do not have your own pet to bring to the walk, there will be dogs available to "rent" for a donation to the shelter to walk with you or you may just enjoy a walk or run on your own as well!

You may register the day of the event beginning at 8:00 AM or registration forms can be downloaded from our website You can also pick up registration forms at Cannon Valley Vet Clinic, Countryside Animal Hospital, Chuck & Don’s and Fit to be Tri’d here in Northfield or at the PEHS shelter in Faribault.

The run will start at 9:00 AM, the group Walk will start at 10:00 AM. If you wish to walk earlier than 10 AM you can walk on your own anytime between 8-noon. The walk route will be marked and will follow the bike trail which goes behind the dog park. The run will start at the dog park, cross the walk bridge and follow the bike trail through Sechlar Park and then return to the dog park.

Registration for the walk is $10 per person and the 5K run is $20 per person. Anyone under the age of 16 is free or anyone who has raised at least $50 in pledges will receive a free registration as well. Anyone who raises at least $50 in pledges will also receive a free t-shirt while supplies last!

You are encouraged to bring your pet to the walk or the run as long as your pet is friendly, leashed and up to date on their vaccinations!

Any business sponsorship for the walk or run of $50 will receive free walk admission for 5 employees or 2 free run registrations. With a $100 donation, 10 employees will receive free walk admission or 5 free run registrations. We have distributed sponsorship forms to many local businesses but if there is one out there who would like to sponsor and has not received a form, please contact kristin@ifencemn.comand we will get you the information.

Don’t miss the Blessing of the Animals by Father Henry Doyle at 9:45 AM!

We encourage participants to dress their dogs in costume for the event! There will be a gift basket from Cannon Valley Veterinary Clinic and Retail Store for the best costume!

There will be post walk and run complimentary food and beverages, raffles, games, prizes for the most funds raised and an agility demonstration by Doris Saunier and her dog Saffy!

So come on out on the 13th for the fun and help raise money for the animals at the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society. It’s going to be a great morning filled with fun for you and your pet!

Download registration form here SusanPerry Memorial Walk 5K Run 2012

Download pledge form here Walkand 5K Run Pledge Form

Set up your own on line fundraising page by clicking here.

Donate on line to the Susan Perry Memorial Walk and 5K Run by clicking here .

Prairie’s Edge Humane Society to Host "Meow’s For Maggie" and "Dogs Along the Cannon" Events Thursday, July 26th

Maggie LeePut on your purple and stop by the Northfield News office (115 5th St. W.) for “Meows for Maggie,” a cat adoption event in conjunction with Northfield’s Crazy Daze and “Wear Purple Day” for Maggie Lee, longtime employee of the Northfield News and notable resident of the community.

The adoption event, put on by Prairie’s Edge Humane Society, will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the News lobby. Maggie has been a long time supporter of the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society and is well known for her love of cats, a regular subject of her weekly Northfield News column. She has adopted cats in the past from PEHS, adopting her most recent cat Cassandra just over a year ago. Maggie is now 91 and residents of Northfield will be honoring her during the annual “Crazy Daze” event in downtown Northfield.

Kittens and adult cats will be available (depending on what is currently at the shelter) for adoption in honor of Maggie, and anyone who adopts a cat from PEHS that day will be recognized on the PEHS website. Those adopting in honor of Maggie will be able to write a personal dedication to Maggie which will be posted on the PEHS website. Those who cannot adopt a cat have the opportunity to sponsor a cat at the shelter for one month for $25 in Maggie’s name. Those people will also be recognized on the website and a sign will be put on the cat kennel for one month at the shelter stating “I’m A Special Friend of Maggie.”

PEHS will also be selling purple cat harnesses and leashes, purple cat collars and purple “wobblers” – a treat and food dispensing toy for cats. All proceeds will benefit the animals at PEHS. Purple cat nip pillows will be given away for anyone who stops to visit, while supplies last.

Dogs Along the CannonThen after a day of shopping and entertainment you are invited to an artist reception and unveiling party hosted by Prairie’s Edge Humane Society for the limited edition print "Dogs Along the Cannon" from 6-8 PM at our dog training facility at 2018 Jefferson Rd, Suite 1 here in Northfield. Proceeds from the sale of the print will benefit the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society.

Sarah Thornton of Lintu Art returns to Northfield for a second time to highlight the dogs of Northfield, Dundas, Faribault and surrounding communities for her “Dogs Around the Lakes” and “Dogs Along the River” series of colored pencil limited edition prints. Her inspiration came from walking her own dogs around Lake Harriet and observing the many other owners and dogs enjoying time together in these settings. Sarah has done a previous print “Dogs Along the River” back in 2010 with proceeds benefitting PEHS. We are very excited for the unveiling of the 2012 print!  In June Sarah came to Northfield and photographed 36 dogs from the area along the Cannon River. From those 36 dogs, she chose 16 to be on a limited edition print titled “Dogs Along the Cannon”.

Sarah will have prints available for purchase during the event as well as CD’s of the photos of the 36 dogs which were taken back in June from which she selected the dogs for the print.

Everyone is invited to come out and see the print. You are welcome to bring your well behaved, leashed dog to the reception; there will be a-paw-tisers for the dogs and the humans as well!

Now taking appointments for low cost spay/neuter program for outdoor cats

Farm CatsIn an effort to decrease the number of kittens coming into the world and increase the quality of life for "barn cats" and "community cats" which live outside, Prairie’s Edge Humane Society has teamed up with Dr. Charlie Gumbusky’s Just Cause Four Paws Low Cost Spay/Neuter program for outdoor cats.

To qualify for this program, the cats you wish to have altered must live outside only. We have held very successful spay/neuter clinics during the months of March, April and May and are now taking surgery appointments for the following spay/neuter clinic dates; June 15, July 6 and July 20.

You will pay $50 per cat (which includes the surgery and a rabies vaccination) that you wish to have altered under this program. This is much less than you would pay at a veterinary clinic to alter your cats.  All surgeries will be done at the PEHS shelter in our Natalie Perry Smead memorial surgery suite on the above mentioned dates.

A feline distemper vaccination is also offered for an additional $10 fee per cat. The feline distemper vaccination is not required, but is strongly recommended.

If you have cats that you would like to schedule for any of the above dates, please contact the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society at 507-334-7117 or email and you will be contacted regarding scheduling and further information for the spay/neuter program.

Please help us to control the over population of cats.

PEHS Walk for Animals is May 19

DSC_0272Prairie’s Edge Humane Society’s “Walk for the Animals” is only a few days away, coming up on Saturday, May 19th at the PEHS shelter, 1201 Cannon Circle, Faribault, MN 55021. There will be a contest for the most funds raised, with a prize awarded in the adult and 16 and under categories. Will you be the winner? Ask your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and anyone else you know for a donation and you could be the winner of some fabulous prizes! You can download a pledge form by clicking here or set up your own on line fundraising page by clicking here. Turn in your collected donations at the registration desk on the day of the walk. If you collected on line donations, simply print out a copy of your donation page and bring with you. Everyone who raises at least $50 will receive a free Walk for the Animals T-shirt as well as a dog or cat treat bag (while supplies last). Can’t make it the day of the walk? You can still donate by clicking here.

DSC_0404All Walk routes start at the PEHS shelter and are marked for ½ mile or 1 mile lengths, you may turn around at any time during your walk or you may walk further if you like, simply walk the route several times. You may walk anytime between the hours of 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM or join in the group walk led by our Celebrity Grand Marshall, Scooby Doo at 9:30 AM. If you do not have your own pet to walk, we will rent you one! For a $5 donation, you can walk one of the shelter dogs for ½ hour.

This year we will once again have games and raffles for you and your pet, so make sure you bring the entire family for a fun filled morning. Is your dog artistic? For only $5 you can find out when your pet paints his/her own project for you to take home, with their paw using safe, washable ink. There will also be vendors, rescue groups and a food booth for your lunch or a snack.

The Prairie’s Edge Humane Society shelter will open at 10:30 AM on the day of the walk so that you can visit the shelter animals, inquire about adoption, or shop our retail area. Don’t miss out on all of the great activities for the “Walk for the Animals”. Help us make this our largest Walk ever and raise funds for the homeless animals of the PEHS shelter!

Link to set up fundraising page

Link to donate

Prairie’s Edge Humane Society is one of 15 sites for the Great Northfield Rummage Raid for Charity

5th Bridge is having their annual Goods for Good garage sale today and tomorrow.

goods-logoGoods for Good is a community rummage sale event to raise money for various charities (chosen by each site host) that let’s anyone be a philanthropist. Sale hosts can convert unwanted household items into cash for their favorite cause without impacting their regular budget and non-profit organizations (clubs, schools, churches, etc…) can focus on their fundraising  without worrying about the event promotion.

Prairie's Edge Humane Society rummage sale Prairie's Edge Humane Society rummage sale PEHS staffers

Among the 15 sites participating: Prairie’s Edge Humane Society. See that book Sandy Vesledahl is holding? No barnyard jokes, please.

Help me Rhonda, help me get you outta my heart

There are many animals who pass through the doors of Prairie’s Edge Humane Society and while they are all special in their own way, every once in a while, there comes along an “extra” special one. “Rhonda” is a Finnish Spitz mix dog who came to the PEHS shelter as a stray back in September.  She was found injured, scared and wandering by an area farmer. Rhonda had an injury to her hip and her knee on her rear right leg.  It was obviously an old injury that had never been treated as she had lost a lot of muscle mass in her hip and leg.  It was very quickly discovered what a sweet personality this dog had and a face that looked as if she was smiling at us. She seemed to be saying to us "help me". It was obvious her name at that point would be "Rhonda", derived from the Beach Boy’s song "Help Me Rhonda".

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As the lyrics of the song go "well Rhonda you caught my eye, and I can give you lots of reasons why"…Rhonda caught not only our eyes, but our hearts as well and the reasons are many. Rhonda was in much pain. She had a dislocated hip and a torn ligament in her knee.  She would need extensive surgery and rehabilitation. Her medical costs would be expensive. But as soon as we met her, we were all amazed by her happy and hopeful attitude even though she was in so much pain. This attitude has remained throughout her long stay at the shelter. So the decision was made to surgically repair her injuries and give Rhonda the chance she deserved.This dog was very obviously full of love to share and we needed to give her the opportunity to share it. The call went out to our donors via emails and our website that we needed to raise funds to help this sweet girl.  And our donors responded as they so often do for us. 

So Rhonda’s journey with us had begun. She was immediately put on medication to control her pain, while decisions were made for her treatment.  Upon an examination by our shelter veterinarian, some more x-rays and consultations with other area veterinarians, it was determined that the best option for Rhonda would be two surgeries; one to repair her hip and a separate surgery to repair the knee.  Rhonda came through both surgeries like a trooper, always a tail wagging for us and that “smiling” face looking at us as if to say “thank you”.  Rhonda received therapy each day from our staff and as her stay with us grew longer we began to realize how Rhonda was also helping us.  As the lyrics of the song go on to say “well Rhonda you look so fine, and I knew it wouldn’t take much time, for you to help me Rhonda”….Rhonda began to help us with other animals at the shelter. 

Each animal is given a behavior test when they come to the PEHS shelter. One of the aspects of this test helps us to determine their behavior towards other animals in order to help with their adoptability.  Sometimes it is very difficult for us to determine this as we don’t always have the opportunity to safely introduce animals to each other in order to see the reaction as we don’t always have another dog that is able to calmly meet the dog which is being tested. Rhonda is such a gentle soul who seems to want to make friends with every creature she comes in contact with and she is able to do so calmly and without causing added excitement or stress to the other animal. 

She has been helping with these behavior tests during her rehabilitation by greeting other dogs through a fence, for the safety of both animals, and she seems to understand that she needs to be calm and even ignore what the other dog’s reaction is by simply turning away from them if they become excited or anxious during the meeting. She actually seems to understand what she is doing for us and the other animal.

Rhonda’s help does not only extend to the other dogs at the shelter.  Rhonda is also making friends with the cats. Rhonda has helped us to learn the behavior of some of the cats around dogs as well, which will help us to inform possible adopters whether or not the cat will be comfortable living with a dog in the home, making these cats more adoptable as well.

While recuperating at the shelter Rhonda has been spending time hanging out in the business office.  Her favorite place is to lie under the table in the office and just watch the activities and perhaps steal a snack or two off our desks when we are not looking (and actually sometimes while we are looking). Chicken in a Biscuit crackers seem to be her favorite guilty pleasure to steal.  Rhonda likes nothing better than to just hang out with people and every now and then she will come up to you and paw gently at your leg as if to say, “you have worked enough, time for a break”, when she wants your undivided attention which of course she gets every time!  When she sees people she knows she softly dances back and forth on her front paws until that person stops and pays the appropriate amount of attention to her, earning her the nickname “the tap dancer” from the kennel staff at the shelter. 

Rhonda is walking a little more on her leg each day and she is now off of the pain medication.  She does take a joint supplement each day for her knee and as normal with Rhonda; she is wonderful about taking her pill for us.  We are very happy to report that after nearly a four month stay with us, Rhonda is now available for adoption! Rhonda is going to have some special requirements of her new home and our staff will cover those prior to her adoption. 

Rhonda has had a long journey with us.  We are very hopeful that we will be able to find that special person or family who will adopt Rhonda and give her the loving home she deserves.  We want nothing more than to be able to continue to help other animals in need such as Rhonda.  In order to do so we need your help.  Please consider giving a donation to Prairie’s Edge Humane Society in honor of Rhonda so that we can help the next “Rhonda” who comes to the shelter.  You can donate on line via our website or by mailing a check to 1201 Cannon Circle, Faribault, MN 55021.

As you can tell, Rhonda has stolen everyone’s heart at the shelter and she is very special to all of us.  While it will be hard for us to say goodbye to her, we want nothing more than for her to have her own forever home where she will be loved.  And so the lyrics of the Beach Boy’s song continues…”You gotta help me Rhonda, help me get her out of my heart… help me Rhonda, help, help me Rhonda”. 

Rhonda, I know you will always be in the hearts of the staff and the other animals at the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society. You are a very special girl.  We may have “helped” Rhonda, but she definitely helped us as well. 

Please donate to Prairie’s Edge Humane Society on Give to the Max Day, Wednesday, November 16th!

Meet Rhonda, a Beautiful Finnish Spitz mix dog currently at Prairie’s Edge Humane Society

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"Hello Everyone! My name is Rhonda and I’ve been here at the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society for a while now.  When I first came here, I was lost, scared and had an injury to my hip and knee that was causing me a lot of pain.  The folks here at Prairie’s Edge have been so kind to me.  They had a veterinarian check out my injuries and he said I had a dislocated hip and torn ligaments in my knee. 

So they operated on my hip first and now I am recuperating here at the shelter until I am strong enough to have my knee operated on also. I’m able to exercise in the yard here at Prairie’s Edge and I don’t have that horrible pain in my leg anymore, I’m so happy! These nice folks are going to give me some physical therapy and fix me up real good, so that I can be adopted by someone who will care for me, love me and I won’t be alone anymore.

But it costs a lot of money to do all these wonderful things for me. They could really use your help, there are other animals here who need the same love and attention just like they are giving me.  Won’t you consider a donation to Prairie’s Edge on Give to the Max Day? Thanks so much for helping me and all of the other animals here at PEHS. I need to go rest now in the nice warm, comfy bed they have for me!" – Rhonda

There are many other animals such as Rhonda at Prairie’s Edge Humane Society who need your help! Please consider a donation on Give to the Max Day, Wednesday, November 16th.

188192_188660491186784_5644643_n[1]Your on line donation could help PEHS win even more money from Click on the Give to the Max logo on Wednesday and make your donation to Prairie’s Edge Humane Society.

Here are some ways to stretch your donation and help PEHS even more!

Win a Golden Ticket and Super Size It!

One donor will be randomly chosen every hour to have $1,000 added to their donation. This could be you! And, one $10,000 Super-sized Golden Ticket will be drawn from a donation made sometime during the 24 hours of giving. You could win Prairie’s Edge Humane Society a $10,000 jackpot! So consider donating at an “off” time, such as early in the morning or late at night to increase your odds in the drawing. If you plan to give a larger amount, break it up into smaller donations throughout the hour; that will increase PEHS’s entries in the drawing! There is a $10 minimum donation on line so if you plan to donate $100, break it up into ten $10 donations in one hour instead!

Help Prairie’s Edge Humane Society Win the Grand Prize

This year nonprofits will compete for prize grants on three leaderboards based on the number of dollars raised on Give to the Max Day. Your donation could put Prairie’s Edge Humane Society in the running to win $15,000, $10,000, $7,500 or $5,000. The more you give the better chance we have to win even more money!

It’s easy to help the homeless animals at Prairie’s Edge Humane Society…just click on the Give to the Max logo and donate!

"Spay" ghetti dinner to benefit Prairie’s Edge Humane Society spay/neuter programs

Spay-Day-photoPrairie’s Edge Humane Society will be holding a “Spay”ghetti Dinner on Thursday, November 17th, from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Northfield Eagles Club, 304 S. Water St., Northfield.   Funds raised at the “Spay”ghetti Dinner will be used to benefit the Community Outreach Spay/Neuter programs sponsored by Prairie’s Edge Humane Society.  Advanced tickets are $6 and can be purchased at Cannon Valley Veterinary Clinic and Countryside Animal Hospital and Kennels in Northfield or at the PEHS shelter in Faribault.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $7.  What a great deal!  All the spaghetti you can eat and you will be helping to fund some great programs!
Since our inception, Prairie’s Edge Humane Society has stressed the importance of spaying and neutering as the non-lethal solution to pet overpopulation.  We were the first animal shelter in Minnesota to require sterilization of all animals before adoption, and we offer unique programs to help pet owners spay and neuter their own animals.
PEHS currently sponsors two Community Outreach programs for spay/neuter surgeries.  A low cost program for income qualified families to spay/neuter their pets thru area veterinary clinics, as well as a low cost program to spay/neuter outdoor cats and “community” cats thru the Just Cause Four Paws Spay/Neuter Clinic held monthly at the PEHS shelter.  Both of these programs are low cost surgery programs which are funded by grant money as well as donations.   Our current grant funding for these programs has been exhausted so until new grant funding is available we are hosting the “Spay”ghetti Dinner in an effort to raise funds to continue these important community outreach programs.
Please join us!  Your donation of $7 (or $6 in advance) will benefit the homeless animals at the PEHS shelter by preventing more litters of kittens and puppies! Here is the link to spay/neuter program info on our website.

3rd Annual Susan Perry Memorial Walk for the Animals

Susan PerrySusan Perry and her daughter Natalie Perry Smead both had a huge love of all animals and were great supporters and dedicated volunteers of Prairie’s Edge Humane Society. In 2006 Natalie passed away in a tragic accident on the Long Island Railroad while on a trip to New York City. In 2009 Susan tragically passed away as well.

Susan Perry was a long time Northfield resident and employee of Cannon Valley Veterinary Clinic. She was generous to people and animals and is missed by everyone who was blessed to have known her.

Prior to her death, Susan had been actively working with Prairie’s Edge Humane Society to plan a Walk for the Animals which would be held in Northfield each fall. After her death, it was obvious to all involved that not only should the planning for the Walk continue, but it should be done so in her honor.

On Saturday, October 8, 2011, we will be celebrating the love Susan had for the animals at the shelter by gathering at the 3rd Annual Susan Perry Memorial Walk for the Animals at Sechler Park in Northfield. Bring your pet and join us for a morning walk! You may walk or enjoy activities from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. There will be a blessing of the animals held at 9:30 AM, raffles, games for humans and pets as well as prizes for the top fundraiser.

If your pet is not microchipped, we will be offering microchips for only $20.00! It can be done right at the Walk by our shelter veterinarian, Dr. Charlie Gumbusky. It takes only minutes. Dr. Charlie will also be on hand to answer your basic pet care questions during “Ask the Vet”.

Walkers donating at least $50 will receive a free Walk t-shirt. All proceeds will benefit the homeless animals of the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society. For more information or to donate, call 507-334-7117 or

The abandoned and neglected are cared for at Prairie’s Edge Humane Society

HPIM0073All too often there are days at the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society shelter when we receive in animals who have been abandoned or neglected and we find ourselves doing whatever we can to ease their pain and hope that they will heal (physically and emotionally) and at some point we will be able to find them loving homes where they will be cared for and loved as they should be.

This week has given us two abandoned kittens left in a cardboard wine box in our parking lot. We estimate their age to be approximately 3-4 weeks old.   One with a horrible soar on its side from a botfly larva, now the size of a quarter, that had implanted itself in this poor kitten’s skin.  (see photo) 

HPIM0081Dr. Charlie Gumbusky, our contracted veterinarian for the shelter, happened to be at the shelter at the time these kittens were found in our parking lot so he immediately removed the botfly from the kitten.  This left a large soar in the side of the kitten which will be treated with antibiotics and watched closely for infection. 

HPIM0085It is against the law to abandon animals in our parking lot.  The shelter was open at the time and several employees and volunteers were available and could have helped whoever abandoned the kittens.  If the person was not able to pay a turn in fee to PEHS, we would still take the kittens and care for them.  We do not turn any animal away due to financial situations.  It was a very hot day outside and one of our staff was taking items to the dumpster when he noticed a box sitting in the parking lot.  We do not know how long they had been there.

HPIM0104This week also brought us two adorable rabbits that had been very much neglected.  Both had claws that had never been trimmed and were over an inch long. (see photo)  Their claws had grown so long that they were curling.  One of the rabbits had fur that was so matted, causing it pain, so our staff spent hours slowly and delicately working on the tangled mess of rabbit hair, having to stop for periods of time so as not to stress the rabbit too much.  This process took place over a two day period.  When finished there was enough hair removed from the poor rabbit that the pile of hair was enough to cover another rabbit.  (see photo) Both rabbits were very stressed and our staff is working to do whatever we can to avoid further stress for them.

HPIM0101These precious kittens and the rabbits will all be lovingly cared for over the next few days and weeks by our staff and volunteers until they are someday ready to go on the adoption floor.   The added special attention required by these animals over the next few weeks is an added cost to the already stressed budget of the shelter.  You can help us to care for these special cases by donating to the Animals with Special Needs Fund.

Moda and Burberry, two dogs who stole our hearts

Every now and then there are animals who come to the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society shelter and steal our hearts with their stories and their ability to love humans despite what has been done to them.  We would like to share the stories of two such dogs that are currently at the shelter that have become very special to us while they await their forever homes.

Meet Moda

Moda is a loving Pit Bull Terrier mix dog. We estimate Moda to be about two years old. She is an amazing dog that all of us at the shelter have fallen in love with. She adores people and her favorite thing in the world is to give hugs!

Moda’s previous living conditions were not so good, she lived with male dogs who we assume bit and chewed her up a lot.  She shows scars on various parts of her body, ears, legs, paws, head, shoulders and face.  Moda had very obviously given birth to numerous litters of puppies in her short life as her skin was abnormally stretched from nursing puppies when she first came to us.

When Moda came to us she had entropion, which is the curling in of the eyelids.  This was causing her much pain and affecting her ability to see clearly, which made her very scared of things when she first came to the shelter.  Our veterinarian, Dr. Charlie Gumbusky, did surgery on her eyes to correct the problem and she is healing very nicely, she feels SO much better, has come out of her shell and is a much happier dog. 

Moda, the wonder dog, as we call her, is not entirely confident with other dogs, for obvious reasons, and her new owners will need to expect to put in some work helping Moda get comfortable around other dogs but the work will be worth it and Moda could be a great ambassador for her breed!  Moda has been with us since May 3rd and we would really like to find her a home.  We know there is someone special out their for Moda and her new owners will need to meet with our dog trainer prior to the adoption being approved.  Her favorite game is fetch and she would rather get a hug from you than a treat while you play with her. 

Moda is a big, strong girl at 57 pounds. Moda has been spayed, is microchipped, is current on vaccinations, has tested negative for heartworm, and is ready to find her forever home and show how much love she has to give in return! Moda’s adoption fee is $95.00!

Meet Burberry

Burberry is a friendly English Coonhound dog. We estimate Burberry to be about four years old. Burberry is a nice girl who was always kept outdoors without a lot of human contact or other animal interaction. She was used for a hunting dog in the past and was turned in to us because her previous owner no longer hunted so no longer needed her. 

Burberry did not know what a vinyl floor or a concrete floor was and was scared to walk on it, as she had never experienced it prior to coming to the PEHS shelter.  She was very scared when she first came to us and also had an untreated injury to her tail. Surprisingly, despite the neglect she experienced, she seems to have lots of love to give.  After having her tail injury treated and working with our staff, she now understands that vinyl flooring and a cement floor will not hurt her.  She is always very happy to see you and loves playing and cuddling with any human that wants to hang out with her and has become a very well rounded dog.

Burberry’s new owners should expect to start with some of the very basic training with her including housetraining, walking on leash, and manners. We strongly recommend that her new owners plan to take her to good manners training classes to help ease her transition from being an outside dog to being a loved, included member of the family. Burberry has been with us since April 28th and it is time for her to find a loving home. Burberry’s adoptors will need to meet with our dog trainer prior to the adoption being approved.

Burberry is a large dog at just over 62 pounds, she has been spayed, is microchipped, is current on vaccinations, and is ready to find her forever home! Burberry’s adoption fee is $95.00!

Moda and Burberry have been working together with our trainers, have been playing together and have actually helped each other  work through some issues while they wait for new homes.  These are two great dogs who came from not so good situations, and will need a home that is dedicated to continuing their training and socializing, and in return will give their new owners lots of unconditional love.  If you or someone you know is interested in giving Moda or Burberry the loving home they deserve, please contact the PEHS shelter at 507-334-7117 for more information.

Spend some time with either of these dogs… you are guaranteed to have your heart stolen too!

Prairie’s Edge Humane Society Will Microchip Your Pet at Chuck & Don’s, Saturday, July 9th.

PEHS microchippingThinking about microchipping your pet?  Don’t miss this great opportunity to have your pet microchipped by Prairie’s Edge Humane Society (PEHS) for only $20 on Saturday, July 9th from noon-3:00 PM at Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet in Dundas.  Give your pet a better chance of coming home fast and safe if they ever become lost.  You won’t find a better price anywhere!  Insertion takes no longer than a vaccination, no appointment necessary, just show up with your pet.

Microchipping is not just for dogs either, make sure you microchip your cat as well.  You never know when “kitty” may accidently end up outdoors and become lost, many stray cats are brought to the PEHS shelter who are obviously someone’s house cat.  Veterinary clinics and animal shelters have universal scanners to check for a microchip and if one is found the cat can quickly be reunited with its owner.

If you have ever thought about having your pet microchipped, now is the time!  All proceeds will benefit the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society.  (all pets coming to the microchip clinic must be on a leash or in a kennel)

There will also be information on all of the adoptable animals at the PEHS shelter as well as volunteer information and info on the various services and programs available thru Prairie’s Edge Humane Society.  Be sure to stop by and learn all about PEHS!  Thank you to Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet for this great opportunity for PEHS to microchip your pets!

It’s Cat-A-Palooza at PEHS

294June is Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month at Prairie’s Edge Humane Society and we’re holding Cat-A-Palooza to help you find your new feline friend!  If you’ve ever thought about adopting a cat, now is the time and we’ve got some great deals during the month of June to help you find your new Furry Feline Friend!  The PEHS shelter is loaded with wonderful cats and kittens who need homes.  Now’s the time to adopt your new best friend! 

On Saturday, June 18th, from noon-5:00 PM, pick out your new feline friend, then spin the wheel for an adoption fee discount or free merchandise.  Every spinner’s a winner! Once you have picked out your new kitty and have been approved for adoption, you could win a 10%-40% discount on the adoption fee or free merchandise such as cat food, toys or even a microchip for your new pet!  For an added bonus, every visitor to the PEHS shelter on June 18th will receive a FREE DOG!  (hot dog that is, but we do have several dogs available for adoption as well)

183Every Friday during the month of June we’re holding "Furry Friday’s Forty Dollar Felines!".  All cats over the age of 6 months are only $40 on Friday’s.  Adopt a cat for $40 on a Friday and you will receive a microchip for your new feline friend for only $20!  (regular adoption fee $75, regular microchip fee $25)

Multi-Cat Discounts!  Adopt two adult cats on ANY DAY during the month of June who are compatible with each other and you will receive a discount!  For a $100 adoption fee you will receive both cats.  (regular adoption fee $75 each cat)

With the large number of kittens continually coming into the shelter during this time of year, we are in need of people who can foster kittens in their home.  Foster’s are typically needed anywhere from one to five weeks or until the kittens are big enough to return to the shelter to receive their spay/neuter surgeries and be made available for adoption.  The PEHS shelter will provide food, litter and any medical treatment.  The foster home provides love.  Some foster homes will care for a mother cat with nursing kittens and some will care for just kittens.  Some of these kittens are orphans who are very tiny and may need to be bottle fed.  Our staff will instruct you on how to do so. 

If you are interested in fostering kittens for the PEHS shelter you can download the foster application from our website or contact the PEHS shelter at 507-334-7117 or email  You will then be scheduled to attend a one hour foster training program.  Please consider becoming a foster home, the rewards are many!

Unable to adopt a cat or foster kittens?  You can still help the homeless kittens at Prairie’s Edge Humane Society by donating to a fund specifically designated to care for the Orphaned Kittens who come to the PEHS shelter.  Caring for these tiny babies can be costly.  You can help by making an online donation to the "Orphan Kitten Fund". 

Please consider adopting a cat during the month of June.  The number of homeless cats at the PEHS shelter continues to increase daily.  This is "Kitten Season".  Kitten Season exists because people do not spay or neuter their pets. Please be a responsible pet owner and have your pet spayed or neutered.  While your pet is producing those "cute" kittens that you know you "can give away to your neighbors and friends", there are over 80 cats at the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society who are desperately in need of homes.   

Low cost outdoor cat spay/neuter program now available through PEHS

alley_cat_allies_kitten_season1Do you have outdoor/barn cats that are unaltered?  If so keep reading for information on a new Prairie’s Edge Humane Society program to help reduce the number of outdoor cats through spay/neuter. 

This program will decrease the number of kittens coming into the world un-intentionally and increase the quality of life for the cats that live outside.  To qualify for the Outside Cat Spay/Neuter Program, you will need to meet the following requirements.

  • The cats you wish to have altered live outside only and are provided food, water and shelter by you on a regular basis.
  • You will pay $50.00 per cat (covers surgery and a rabies vaccination) you wish to have altered under this program. This is much less than you would pay at a veterinary clinic to alter your cats.
  • The feline distemper vaccination is optional and will be an additional $10.00 per cat. (Vaccinations for distemper are strongly suggested.)
  • You must meet the following household income requirement;  have a combined household income of $40,000 or less.

Surgeries will be done at the PEHS shelter through the Just Cause Four Paws Clinic program

To apply for the Just Cause Four Paws Clinic Outside Cat Spay/Neuter Program call the PEHS shelter at 507-334-7117, let them know that you are calling regarding the Outside Cat Spay/Neuter Program, leave your name and phone number. A volunteer will call you back regarding the requirements and scheduling for the program.  Space is limited, so you may be put on a waiting list.  We hope to increase the number of surgeries possible at future clinic days.

Some common concerns in regards to Spay/Neuter of outside cats:

At what age can the cats be altered? Kittens may be altered after they reach 2 pounds, which is usually after 8 –9 weeks.  Adult cats may be altered anytime.  Females may be spayed during early pregnancy. One unspayed female may be responsible for 100 more kittens in 18 months if not spayed.

Many of your cats may look the same or are too wild to handle, how do we alter those?  Ear-Tipping: This is a technique of removing the top corner of the cat’s left ear.  This is done while the cat is under anesthesia for its spay/neuter, so there is no pain.  The “tipped” ear is the universal symbol showing a cat has been through a spay/neuter program. This makes it possible for caretakers to differentiate between cats that have already been sterilized and ones that have not been sterilized.  Ear tipping also ensures that a cat will not undergo unnecessary repeat surgery.  For the not so tame cats, we can provide you with live trap/carriers.  Cats can then be brought into the clinic in the trap/carrier.  They will be sent home in the trap/carrier, which will allow you to open the door and let them out. There will be a $50 deposit per trap/carrier.   This will be returned to you when the trap/carrier is returned to the shelter.

What about stitches?  Stitches (sutures) are only used on the females, and are absorbable, so there will be no need to remove them later.

Walk for the Animals, May 21: "Walk your paws for a cause"

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Prairie’s Edge Humane Society (PEHS) will hold its 23rd annual Walk for the Animals – “Walk your paws for a cause” fundraising event, on Saturday, May 21, 2011, from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the PEHS shelter, 1201 Cannon Circle, Faribault, MN 55021.  Bring your pet and your entire family and help raise funds for the homeless animals at the PEHS shelter and have some fun at the same time!

All Walk routes start at the PEHS shelter and proceed ½ mile to 5 miles, you may turn around at any time during your walk.  You may walk anytime between the hours of 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM or join in the group walk led by our Celebrity Grand Marshall, Scooby Doo at 9:00 AM.  If you do not have your own pet to walk, we will rent you one!  For a $5 donation, you can walk one of the shelter dogs for ½ hour.

Visit our website to set up your own on line fundraising page or to download a pledge form to collect funds in person (or to donate if you are unable to attend). Once you have set up your fundraising page or downloaded a pledge form, ask your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and anyone else, to support you in the walk and donate funds to help the homeless animals at the PEHS shelter!   They need your help more than ever this year!  Bring your collected donations to the registration desk on the day of the walk, or a print out of your on line donations.   Everyone who raises at least $50 will receive a free Walk for the Animals T-shirt as well as a dog or cat treat bag (while supplies last).

This year we have added several contests, games and raffles, for you and your pet, so make sure you bring the entire family for a fun filled morning. There will be prizes for the most funds raised by an adult and also an under 16 category.  Winner will be announced at 12:00 noon and you do not need to be present to win.  So get out and get those donations and you may be a big winner!  Raffle winners will also be announced at 12:00 noon and do not need to be present to win.

Who has the best “Wiggly Behind”?  We’re talking dogs, not humans.  Does your dog’s backside wiggle like crazy when they get excited?  Then here’s the contest for your dog!  Show off that wiggly behind and win a prize!  This contest will be judged and awarded, at the start of the Celebrity Grand Marshall Walk kickoff at 9:00 AM.

The following pet/owner contest winners will be announced at 12:00 noon and you must be present to win at the time of announcement.

Dress your pet up and enter the “Best Dressed Pet Contest”.  Judging will be held throughout the morning.  Your pet can be in costume or their Sunday best outfit to enter this contest.

Do people tell you that you look like your pet?  Then enter the “Owner/Pet Look Alike Contest”.   Many pet owners do look like their pet and here’s your chance to be awarded for it!

Here’s a contest every pet can enter!  The “Longest/Shortest Tail Contest”; show off that tail (your pets) however long or short it is, and you may win a prize!

Is your dog artistic?  For only $5 you can find out when your pet paints his/her own project for you to take home, with their paw using safe, washable ink.

For only $1 per game your dog can also challenge their ability to search and find the winning bone in the “Bone Zone” game or the winning tennis ball in the “Bobbing for Tennis Balls” game.

Several vendors and rescue organizations have confirmed booths at this year’s Walk for the Animals, including; Science Diet, Canine Design, Invisible Fencing, Paddington’s Feed and Seed, Town and Rural Mercantile, Just Me Geralyn and Glass, English Springer Spaniel Rescue, Rescued Paws, Pet Projects.  We are adding new vendors and groups all the time so check our website for updates.

Have you microchipped your pet yet?  Does your pet need a nail trim? We will be offering microchipping for $20 and nail trims for $5.  Do you have a basic animal care question?  Our own Dr. Charlie (shelter veterinarian) will be on hand to answer your generic pet health and care questions.

Get your photo professionally taken with your pet for $5 to remember the day.  You will receive a CD with 3-6 outdoor photos, which you can then print on your own!

Check out the food booth for your lunch or snack and then make sure you take home something from the bake sale for desert!

The Prairie’s Edge Humane Society shelter will open at 10:30 AM on the day of the walk so that you can visit the shelter animals, inquire about adoption, or shop our retail area.

Don’t miss out on all of the great activities for the Walk for the Animals – “Walk your paws for a cause”.  Help us make this our largest Walk ever and raise funds for the homeless animals of the PEHS shelter!

PEHS recipient of Carleton video project

Thanks to Paul Hager’s CAMS Community Video class at Carleton College, the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society now has a new promo video!

Produced by Sung Hyo Kim, a Carleton senior, this video can be seen by anyone visiting our website to find out more about our facility and our programs. It will be playing in our lobby for visitors to the shelter to watch, we can use it at events and for other promotional purposes as well.

We are so excited to be one of the recipients of a video from this wonderful program for non-profits in our community. PEHS could never afford to hire a professional to produce a video of this quality.

Hyo spent many hours at the shelter, attending events, interviewing staff, filming volunteers and visiting with adopters. From these many hours of filming he was able to edit it down to a high quality video that tells the viewer about PEHS, our mission, programs and services in just over four minutes. He also filmed actual spay and neuter surgeries performed by our shelter veterinarian, Dr. Charlie Gumbusky and then produced two more videos for us, in which you are able to watch a narrated dog and cat spay and a dog neuter. All of these videos can be found on our PEHS website under the Video Library tab. You can also find them on YouTube.

Sung Hyo KimHyo was such a pleasure to work with on this project. He was genuinely interested in our organization and was very professional, polite and accommodating in regards to filming during the times that would fit our staff schedules as well as the shelter schedule and working to really get to know about his video subject. I cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed working with this Carleton student. He is very talented and we hope to keep in touch with him in the future, as our staff grew to respect and enjoy his presence at the shelter. Hyo is from South Korea and he will be returning there once he graduates from Carleton College. He is a very ambitious young man and we know he will do well in whatever he decides to pursue after his graduation.

This class is a great gift to the non-profit organizations in the area who are picked by these students to produce a video each year. I believe there were 5 or 6 groups who benefited from this class in our community. Thank you to Paul Hager and Carleton College for teaching not only the professional production of these videos to these students and allowing our non-profits to benefit from it, but for also instilling in them the responsibility of giving back to a community and giving these students the opportunity to experience the benefits of the non-profits in this area.

Now, sit back and enjoy the show!

Prairie’s Edge Humane Society Celebrates 25 Years of Service to Homeless Animals

Prairie’s Edge Humane Society (formerly Rice County Humane Society) is 25 years old this year and to celebrate our growth and service to the community since 1986 we are hosting an Anniversary Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, March 26th at the Northfield Eagles Club, 304 Water St. S., in Northfield. It will be a fun filled evening with a lasagna dinner (vegetarian option available), a speaker and lots of wonderful items on the silent auction. The silent auction will begin at 4:00 pm, a short program, speaker and special guest at 5:00 pm and dinner will be served at 6:00 pm. The silent auction will close at 6:45 pm and everyone can still be home at an early time!

In 1986 the Rice County Humane Society, which is now Prairie’s Edge Humane Society, took in 112 animals into foster homes as they did not own a building to house the animals. This past year over 1200 animals were taken in at the current shelter building. We now serve communities from the southern Twin Cities area all the way to St. Peter, Rochester and everything in between. We are a large organization, in a small building. With the loss of several other animal shelters in the past year, we are very happy to not only still be helping numerous animals but to be celebrating our 25th year of service to the animal community, educating the public on animal welfare and working to control pet overpopulation.

From Injured Stray to MSP Airport K-9 Unit Superstar

Dexter, MSP airport K9 unitJan BallardWe are very excited to announce that the speaker at our dinner will be Jan Ballard, trainer from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport K-9 unit. She will be bringing with her a very special guest by the name of Dexter. Dexter is a black lab mix who was adopted in September of 2009 from Prairie’s Edge Humane Society. He is approximately 4 years old. He had previously been a stray who was brought to the shelter after being hit by a car. You can still see some scars on his face. Dexter is now a working, certified, Explosive Detector dog at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. When not at work, Dexter lives at home with his handler Sgt. Craig Olson and his family, including a 4 year old and a new born! He loves everybody! Dexter is enthusiastic about going to work every day and according to trainer Jan Ballard, “keeps us laughing with his bull in the china shop antics”. There is only one dog assigned to a handler and that dog goes back and forth to work every day with the handler and stays with him throughout the work day.

Dexter and his handler Sgt. Olson, will be giving a demo during the evening, and Jan will explain what they look for in a dog when selecting the dogs they will train for this very important job, how they are screened, and what their job entails on a day to day basis. Training is extensive for both the handler and the dog and they must mesh as a team. Most people think any dog can do this job, but it is only a select few who qualify. She frequently will screen up to 1000 dogs looking for that special “superstar” that can do the job, so just the fact that Dexter made the cut to even be considered for training for this line of work shows how special he really is.

A dog that qualifies needs to be approximately 7 months to 3 years old from 35-65 lbs, very social, fearless and have extra ordinarily high ball drive. They look for the type of dog that would rather play with a ball than eat. Most of the narcotics dogs and explosives dogs come from rescues or occasionally private parties who are looking to rehome their dogs. Once initially selected, the dogs go through strict medical evaluations including xrays and blood tests to make sure they are fit for duty. They must be comfortable in large crowds of people and around noisy environments. Jan say’s when they came across Dexter, they knew they had a winner!

During the demo, they will plant a training aid and show how Sgt. Olson and Dexter work together and what Dexter does when he finds an explosive.

We are so excited that Dexter is a Prairie’s Edge Humane Society alumni and that he and his handler and trainer will be our special guests! This is an amazing story about an amazing dog from our own shelter who helps keep people safe at the MSP Airport on a daily basis, from an injured stray to a superstar!

Silent Auction Items Galore!

We have an amazing number of items on our silent auction, including a Ghost Tour of St. Olaf College, Guthrie Theater tickets, various theme baskets, beauty and spa packages, dinner packages, Mall of America Water Park passes, Valley Fair tickets, photo packages, dog training classes, pet items, carpet cleaning, household items and much, much more!

If You Wish To Attend

Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance at the PEHS shelter for $15. For more information contact the PEHS shelter at 507-334-7117. All proceeds from the dinner and silent auction will benefit the animals of PEHS. Please join us for an evening of celebration and fun!

Local rescue story finalist in national contest. We need your help to win $3000 for PEHS

At Prairie’s Edge Humane Society we are continually amazed by the dedication, enthusiasm, generosity and care for the animals that is shown by our volunteers and supporters on a daily basis and Nancy and Stan Partin of Northfield are no exception.

Nancy and Stan have been rescuing animals for more than 35 years. But on one particular evening nine years ago, Stan Partin swerved his car on the freeway on-ramp to avoid hitting a small lump in the middle of the road. It was a three day old orphaned kitten. To the dismay of the other drivers, he stopped and scooped up the little furball.

After a crash course from Prairie’s Edge Humane Society on what it would take to raise a kitten who was only day’s old, who would need to be bottle fed round the clock, and with lot’s of support from their veterinarian, Mika, is now a beautiful Torti-Calico, nine year old beloved cat with a special bond to the Partins. And now the Partins and Mika are sharing their story with the world in hopes of winning $3000 for Prairie’s Edge Humane Society.

Mika was rescued by the Partins and now Mika’s story is helping other homeless animals in an amazing way. The Animal Rescue Site, a nonprofit organization that helps rescue animals, sponsors a Shelter Challenge each year. Part of that challenge is a story contest in which hundreds of people from around the country submit stories about the animals they have rescued.

If their story makes it to the top five selected, which Mika’s story did, the rescue organization selected by the Partins wins $1000. The Partins selected Prairie’s Edge Humane Society. Now Mika’s story is in the running to win $3000 for PEHS. The winner is selected by public voting on the Animal Rescue Site’s website.

Nancy has done everything possible to get the word out and gain votes for Mika’s story in order to help the homeless animals at PEHS. She has contacted news outlets, other rescue groups, one even as far away as California and tapped into every email mailing list available to her in order to gain votes. She has been tireless in her quest to push Mika’s story to first place and win $3000 to help the homeless animals at PEHS.

The Animal Rescue SiteNow we are asking for your help! We need your votes. As of today, Mika’s story is in second place, by only a few votes and time is running out. Voting ends March 20th. You can help push Mika’s story to first place by going to this page on The Animal Rescue site.

Stories for all five finalists will be there, click on “Mika: A Wee Bump in the Road” and vote for her story. We need everyone to vote once a day, EVERY DAY. You can vote from multiple computers as well. Eash ISP address is allowed one vote daily, so if you have three different computers you can vote from each of them each day!

Let’s push Mika’s story to first place! Mika did her part by surviving against all odds. Nancy and Stan did their part by rescuing Mika, saving her life and now sharing her story. The rest of us can do our part simply by voting for her story, it’s easy, it only takes a minute of your day, each day. Just a minute, to help the homeless, abused and neglected animals of our community.  Please vote, help Mika win $3000 for Prairie’s Edge Humane Society!

Thank you Nancy, Stan and especially Mika, for taking the time to care!

Here is the link to the story in the Faribault Daily News. And here is the link to the story on PEHS website.

We have heard that the Northfield News will be running it as well, but have not seen it on their website yet.   Nancy has also contacted WCCO TV news in hopes they will pick up the story as well!  She has been incredible! 

PEHS microchipping and nail trim clinic

Prairie’s Edge Humane Society (PEHS) will be holding another “Chip N Clip” event on Saturday, March 12th from 2:00-4:00 PM at 1500 Clinton Lane, Suite J, in Northfield (next to Snap Fitness).

24PetWatchHave your pet microchipped for the low cost of $20.  You won’t find a better price anywhere on microchips. Give your pet a better chance of coming home fast and safe if they ever become lost, with a microchip.  Microchip insertion takes only minutes to do, no longer than a vaccination.  No appointment necessary, just show up with your pet. 

Once your pet is microchipped, how about a nail trim?  Cyndi Jones, from Canine Design will be on hand to trim your pets nails and answer grooming questions for only $5.  All proceeds from the microchips and nail trims will benefit the animals at PEHS. 

PEHS 2010 Spay/Neuter Days

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I’m pleased to announce that Prairie’s Edge Humane Society has received funding through a spay/neuter grant from Pet Haven Spay Neuter Initiative to assist qualified pet owners with the cost of spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats during our 2011 Spay/Neuter Days.  

Spay Day photoSpay Day is an annual campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering their pets.  Spay Day is officially the last Tuesday of February with events taking place throughout the month of February.  PEHS has teamed up with four area veterinary clinics to promote Spay/Neuter Days, in order to provide a low cost service during the month of February to qualified pet owners, as another step in our goal to reduce the population of homeless animals. 

These reduced prices are for those pet owners who can show a combined household income of $40,000 or less by providing one of the following:  Most recent income tax return, or proof of participation in Food Stamps, Medicaid, free or reduced lunch program-public schools, social security disability, Minnesota Care or Medical Assistance, WIC, major VA Disability, TANF, or unemployment.

Surgery costs are as follows:  

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Duke: one fantastic dog

For those of us who spend our days working at an animal shelter such as Prairie’s Edge Humane Society, some days are very emotional and we see the worst in humanity.

We see animals such as the stray cat, which was brought in with a rubber band that someone thought would be “funny” to put on her tail resulting in her tail having to be amputated. We see animals such as the 3 large black lab dogs, which were abandoned in a locked empty house for five days with no water, no food and no outside access. We see animals such as the sweet little kitten that was found along the highway on the coldest day of the winter and had lost his ears to frostbite.

We see the stray cat brought into the shelter after spending the night in a “live trap” with blood dripping from all four of her paws because she had tried to paw her way out of the trap all night long. We see the starving house cat that was “dumped” out in the country because its owner couldn’t keep it anymore and after all it should be able to “hunt” and survive on its own even though a mouse to this cat is a squeak toy that does not run away and a bird is something which is playfully watched thru a window. We see the cat who was left in the parking lot in a taped up plastic tote bin in the sun on the hottest day of the summer. Some of these animals survived, some didn’t.

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Working at an animal shelter can consume you. You spend your day’s caring for these animals, hoping to find a home for at least one of them by the end of the day, and working tirelessly to find new ways to raise money in order to continue the mission while expenses continue to rise, and more animals just keep coming thru the door. You spend your “off” time doing the same thing.

All of your friends and family are asked continuously if they know of anyone who would like to adopt a cat, a dog or a rabbit and would they also please make a donation. You become emotionally attached to many of the animals who happily greet you each day because they have forgiven the person who treated them so badly and now believe you are their entire world because you have provided them a warm bed, good food, fresh water, medical care, toys to play with, an occasional treat, walks on a leash and many hugs and kisses.

But you cannot take them home because you have already adopted as many as you can provide care and a home to. You cry for the ones who didn’t make it, you rejoice in the joy of seeing one leave the shelter with a new family. It’s a special place with special people who go thru the rollercoaster of emotions on a daily basis with some very special animals. The pay is minimal so as not to take away funds needed to care for the animals. You work here because of your love of these animals.

There are good days and bad days and some day’s are downright tough…..then you receive an email such as the one I’m about to share with you which puts a smile on your face when it unexpectedly pops up on your email screen and reminds all of us who work here that sometimes there are days that turn out downright great for an adopted animal from the shelter.

“Duke” eating snow in the mountainsI’ve always meant to check in with you guys but now seems like the best time. There was a woman at Prairie’s Edge who introduced me to Duke, my chocolate lab of eight years, and she knew the family that gave him up for adoption. Maybe she’s still there and can pass some of this along.

Duke wasn’t always a fantastic dog, but he became one. He lived three blocks from Lake Superior and loved swimming in the lake and hiking in Lester Park almost daily. He moved with me to Utah (he had to live with a cat and another dog at first! good times). There, he became a true mountain dog. He loved to go up into the mountains. Above all, he loved eating snow in the mountains. My God, I’ve never even heard of a dog eating as much snow as Duke. It was incredible. In May of this year, we moved to Portland, Maine. Duke loved, and I mean LOVED being near water again. He liked to run, off leash, ahead of us and down to the beach. Once on the beach, he’d just turn around and stare at the stairs, waiting for us to show up and throw things into the water for him.

Duke died yesterday at the approximate age of 10. He was receiving ear rubs and belly pats until the end. I wanted to thank Prairie’s Edge for doing what it does, because without you guys, I wouldn’t have had a best friend for the last eight years. At least, one that wasn’t as good as Duke was. Let me know if you need any more information to identify who I am and who the dog was.


This email truly tells the story of how a person who made the choice to adopt a shelter dog had their life enriched by doing so and how this one person made such a difference in the life of one dog….one very lucky dog…one fantastic dog.

And for a few moments in the middle of a busy work day at the shelter, Duke also enriched the lives of everyone working there, by hearing about what a wonderful, happy life he lived.

Please make the choice to adopt a shelter animal, the rewards are many. If you are unable to adopt an animal please consider a donation, there are many “Dukes” at the PEHS shelter who need your support.

Orphan puppies find surrogate cat ‘Dad’ at PEHS

rudolph and ms frostyWhen Rudolph and Ms. Frosty’s mother was tragically hit by a car and died, these two adorable puppies were brought to the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society (PEHS) shelter.  At only 4 weeks old these two little babies still really needed their mother to care for them. 

renAfter just a very short time at the PEHS shelter, one of the other PEHS residents developed a keen interest in these two orphans.  Ren, a beautiful, smoky grey cat, decided these two babies needed some extra TLC and not only from the humans at the shelter.  And the most unique thing about Ren’s interest in “mothering” these babies, is that Ren…is a male cat.

rudolphRen came to the PEHS shelter just a couple of weeks ago himself.  Ren and his brother Stimpy were turned into the shelter due to their former owner’s health issues which no longer allowed them to care for the cats.  Stimpy has been adopted, but Ren is still at the shelter waiting for his forever home. 

Wren and rudolphe estimate Ren to be about one year old.  He tends to be a little worried when he faces new situations, but when staff member Sarah carried little Rudolph around in the homemade cuddle pouch (made by staff member Trisha) Ren wanted to check out the little puppy inside.  When allowed to be near the puppy he showed no concerns whatsoever for himself, he wanted to care for the puppy, cuddling and massaging the little puppy while purring loudly the entire time.  Each time our staff members tried to take Ren away from the puppies, he pushed to get back to them.

Rudolph and Ms. Frosty will soon be going to a foster home for approximately four to five weeks until they are old enough for their spay and neuter surgeries and ready for adoption.  Ren will remain at the PEHS shelter, waiting for someone to adopt him.

PEHS DonateThe animals at PEHS remind us every day to forgive those who hurt us, comfort those in need and care for each other regardless of our differences.  Ren is doing his part to help care for these two tiny new residents of Prairie’s Edge Humane Society, who tragically lost their mother way too soon.  Won’t you consider helping the animals at PEHS as well?  You can help by choosing to adopt a shelter animal or by donating through our website.

On behalf of all of the other animals at PEHS, Ren, Rudolph and Ms. Frosty say “thank you! 

Dog and puppy training classes return to PEHS, thanks to E & J Management

1500 Clinton LaneBeginning January 3rd, our Dog and Puppy Training Classes will be returning to Prairie’s Edge Humane Society (PEHS)!  After a few months of not being able to hold these classes, due to not having a facility in which to hold them since July, we will be starting them up again and they will be held in Northfield at 1500 Clinton Lane, Suite J, thanks to the fine folks at E & J Management.

This is an important program for PEHS not only because it is a program which helps owners and their dogs but it is also an important revenue source for the PEHS shelter, which is badly needed.

Thanks to Jon Jasnoch of E & J Management for helping us to find a facility which is conducive to dogs and the special needs of providing this class.  Once again a local business person has stepped forward to help when needed in our community!

The classes will run every Monday evening and each are one hour long, with Puppy Kindergarten at 6 PM, Basic Manners class at 7 PM and Advanced Manners class at 8 PM.  Our classes promote positive and effective training that is fun for you and your pet!  Our flexible classes allow you to attend when you are able and progress at your own pace.  The cost is $65 for 6 weeks, with a rolling enrollment so you can enroll and begin classes on any given week.

Our classes are taught by an accredited trainer, who has worked with dogs of all sizes, shapes and with various behavior issues.  She has worked with Great Danes to Chihuahua’s!  She is up to date on the latest training techniques and believes that "any behavior issue, as long as it is not medical related, can be fixed with dedicated and positive training".

Through these classes you can expect to improve communication with your dog as well as create a stronger bond and have fun with your dog!  We encourage you to bring your whole family – kids too!  Classes include a chance for supervised dog play time!

Please call the PEHS shelter at 507-334-7117 for more information or to register for classes.  Private lessons are also available for dogs that need some help at home or cannot attend class, please contact the shelter to discuss costs for private lessons.

Thank you to the Jasnoch family of E & J Management for helping PEHS!

Premier Bank Northfield sponsors Sadie’s adoption

Thanks to our friends at Premier Bank Minnesota, Northfield branch, Sadie, the beautiful orange tabby cat, will have one half of her Prairie’s Edge Humane Society (PEHS) adoption fee paid for whomever adopts her. (See more photos and a video of Sadie on her adoption page.)

We estimate Sadie’s age to be eight years old. She was turned in by her former owners who could no longer care for her due to their health reasons but who wanted her to find a new home where she could be loved and cherished. Her former owners indicate that she has lived with children before and a dog before and got along with them both. 

SadieSadie loves to lay in the window and sun herself and that is where you will find her most day’s at the shelter.  We have so many cats at the shelter who need a home, won’t you please help this one?  The fine folks at Premier Bank have stepped up to the plate and put their money towards her adoption fee.  Please don’t let this beautiful cat spend one more day waiting for her forever home. 

Sadie weighs 10 pounds and was already spayed when she came to us, is current on her vaccinations, has been given a routine ear mite treatment and deworming, and is ready to find her forever home!

Sadie’s adoption fee is $50.00, but now thanks to Premier Banks you can adopt Sadie for only $25.00!   Stop by the shelter to meet this very pretty kitty today!  Thank you Premier Banks for caring about the animals!

Chip ‘N’ Clip (and a bake sale too!)

24PetWatchAccidents happen, and some things, like fires or natural disasters, are out of your control. The same goes for when your pet gets loose. To help give your pet the best chance of being returned to you should he ever become lost, give him the gift of a microchip. On Saturday, December 4th from 12:30-3:30 p.m., you can have your best friend microchipped for only $20!

Prairie’s Edge Humane Society uses 24PetWatch microchips and for one day only, you won’t find a cheaper price anywhere on microchips. Chip placement takes no longer than a vaccine injection and does not require sedation. Registration is automatic and included in the price.  This is an absolute great deal and what better gift to give your beloved pet? 

Once you have your best friend microchipped, how about a nail clip?  For only $5, Canine Design Pet Grooming will trim your pets nails right at the shelter and answer any questions you may have in regards to the grooming of your pet. All proceeds will benefit PEHS

Before you leave, check out all the goodies at our annual Holiday bake sale. This year the annual bake sale will be held at the shelter in conjunction with our Chip N’ Clip event. Don’t miss out on this day of activities at Prairie’s Edge Humane Society!  Great deals for you and your pet and a wonderful way to support PEHS!     

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