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Animal Humane Society receives anonymous $1 million gift toward St. Paul care campus

The society takes in more than 22,000 animals each year, more than every other animal welfare organization and municipal shelter in the Twin Cities combined.

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A dog named Cori gets walked through the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, Minn., on her way home with her new family.
Evan Frost / MPR News file photo
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ST. PAUL -- An anonymous donor has contributed $1 million to the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, an early investment in a planned capital campaign to build a state-of-the-art care campus in St. Paul.

The donation is one of the largest in the organization’s 144-year-old history.

“This gift recognizes the important place animals hold in our lives and our communities — and the critical role AHS plays in supporting animals and the people who love them,” said president and chief executive officer Janelle Dixon in a written statement Wednesday.

The unnamed donor was quoted as saying, “It’s certainly a privilege to be able to support this organization and help make the world a better place for animals.”

The humane society in recent years closed its outdated Como location but opened a teaching clinic on University Avenue near Lexington Parkway in St. Paul.

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It has purchased a warehouse near Kasota Avenue and Minnesota 280 in St. Paul with the goal of opening a sizable new care campus. In 2020, it received a $3 million gift toward the campus in 2020 from the late Ken Melrose, the former CEO and chairman of Toro.

The society takes in more than 22,000 animals each year, more than every other animal welfare organization and municipal shelter in the Twin Cities combined. More than 94% of the animals are returned to the community.

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