Bringing Pets and People Together
Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth, MN is a long-established pillar of the Animal Welfare Community. We have served the lower St. Louis County area for over 60 years.
From humble beginnings as a foster-based rescue group to today's bricks and mortar Adoption Center, our commitment to serving the people and pets of the Northland is only growing stronger.
We believe in transparency and are honored to share our work with you. The below information - from our board and staff listings to annual statistics - is available for your reference.
Thank you for being part of our supportive, pet-loving community!
Meet Our Board: 2024-2025Executive Committee Ruth Westra - Board Chair Paige Orcutt - Vice Chair Jeremy Caine - Secretary John Strange - Treasurer Board of Directors Debra Gergen Brianna Holback Candy Madich Cheryl Meese Amanda Oja Alex Rogers Jenna Schuldt Dr. Jona Taber, DVM
Meet Our StaffMANAGEMENT STAFF Julie Waltenburg - Executive Director, 218-606-1159 David Carlson - Director of Operations; Kennel & Facilities Manager, 218-229-7301 Kelsey Pettit - Practice Manager, 218-229-7304 Nicole Facciotto - Adoption Program Manager; Humane Education Manager & Communications, 218-229-7311 Kayla Miller - Volunteer Coordinator, 218-606-1163 Tracie Ray - Development Manager, 218-606-1162 Mary Guist - Donor Stewardship Specialist, - Accountant, 218-229-7303
Adoption Center HoursMuriel Whiteside Adoption Center Hours: Tuesday - Saturday Noon - 6 p.m. Sunday Noon-4pm Closed Monday
Mission & Vision StatementMission Statement Dedicated to a compassionate journey for pets and people in our community. Vision Statement We support the humane welfare of pets through education, advocacy, and partnerships.
History of Animal AlliesAnimal Allies Humane Society was founded in the 1950s when a Duluth school teacher, Miriam Carlstedt, took responsibility of caring and finding homes for a litter of kittens she discovered on her doorstep. She began to dedicate herself to animal welfare, introducing humane education programs to area schools and developing a network of volunteers to foster and find homes for homeless companion animals. Animal Allies incorporated in 1957 and later gained 501c3 status in February, 1968. The organization operated out of homes until the late 1990s when it then partnered with the City of Duluth Animal Services, sharing their facility and performing all adoption services for the city's homeless pets. Animal Allies ran a Capital Campaign through 2007 and 2008 to build a new, state-of-the-art shelter. The organization moved into our current location on Airport Road in 2009. In 2010, Animal Allies successfully launched and has maintained the Campaign for Zero, a special mission which aimed to eliminate euthanasia for all healthy and treatable/rehabilitatable animals in the shelter. Animal Allies Humane Society has maintained a live release rate of 90% or above since moving to the new facility.
Services We OfferAnimal Allies Humane Society does not provide veterinary care for owned animals. We are happy to offer the following services for the public: Application of Soft Paws Microchipping pets for faster reunions should they be lost Resource tab with veterinary, behavioral, and rehoming resources
Asilomar Animal StatisticsThe following links will direct you to the past several years worth of Animal Allies Humane Society's animal care statistics, called the Asilomar Report. 2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Inviting a new pet into your home is an exciting adventure. Learn the benefits of adoption.
Teaching humane values and lessons of compassion in our community is a huge part of our mission. Learn more about our Humane Education program, register your children, and find downloadable tools here.
Spend time with the animals! Volunteers provide invaluable assistance with animal care, shelter needs, and special events.