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Letting cats earn their keep one saved life at a time

We believe that all cats deserve to live out their best life, even if that means not being a housecat.


When good samaritans bring us stray cats, sometimes they aren't lost house cats but ferals or undersocialized cats that want nothing to do with humans (or very minimal interaction). These cats have either proven that they will not use a litterbox appropriately, react poorly with too much handling, or simply prefer more space from humans than a home can provide. 


We are fortunate to live in a community that has a need for barn cats or working cats to be adopted and placed where they are wanted to do what they do best - eco friendly pest control.  


Animal Allies Humane Society seeks adopters outside of Duluth city limits with a warm barn, shed, business or other outdoor housing to give this specific type of cat a chance at life. 

All barn/working cats are spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and available for $25 each or with our ongoing buddy discount: adopt two for the price of one.

For any other questions about the barn/working cat program, please call our adoption staff at 218-722‑5341.

  • Meet Our Board
    Executive Committee Ruth Westra - Board Chair Paige Orcutt - Vice Chair Lindsey Buran - Secretary John Strange - Treasurer Board of Directors Jeremy Caine Eric Frost Christina Knetsch Brianna Holbeck Cheryl Meese Jona Taber Candy Madich Alex Rogers
  • Meet Our Staff
    MANAGEMENT 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 Mary Guist - Volunteer Coordinator, 218-606-1163 Tracie Ray - Development Manager, 218-606-1162 - Accountant, 218-229-7303
  • Adoption Center Hours
    Muriel Whiteside Adoption Center Hours: Tuesday - Saturday Noon - 6 p.m. Sunday Noon-4pm Closed Monday
  • Mission & Vision Statement
    Mission Statement Animal Allies Humane Society strives to ensure a loving home for every pet. Vision Statement Animal Allies Humane Society recognizes the importance of pets in people’s lives and is guided by a humane ethic to serve the community through: • Educating the public about humane treatment and responsible guardianship of companion animals. • Reducing overpopulation by altering all animals who are in our care. • Intervening to help animals overcome medical and behavioral issues. • Providing safe, temporary care for animals while they are readied for adoption. • Providing people the opportunity to invite pets into their lives. • Saving lives by transporting animals from shelters that are overcrowded. • Contributing to our community by engaging with students at all levels, the elderly and others to share the importance of the relationship of animals to society.
  • History of Animal Allies
    Animal 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 Offer
    Animal 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 Statistics
    The following links will direct you to the past several years worth of Animal Allies Humane Society's animal care statistics, called the Asilomar Report. 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
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