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Helping owners in need

Animal Allies is most well known for our Adoption Program, but did you know that we also offer other pet-specific services for the public - including microchipping and soft paws application?

As a Humane Society, our goal is to make these supportive services accessible for our community.

  • Meet Our Board: 2024-2025
    Executive 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 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 Kayla Miller - Volunteer Coordinator, 218-606-1163 Tracie Ray - Development Manager, 218-606-1162 Mary Guist - Donor Stewardship Specialist, 218-606-1161 - 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 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 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. 2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
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At Animal Allies Humane Society, we do so much more than just pet adoptions. In order to ensure that every pet has a loving home, we also offer an array of services and resources that help to keep pets with their people including a huge emphasis on our Humane Education program, teaching adults and youth humane values on how to treat animals.

We also have on-site retail shopping with items that are field-tested, including the food and toys we use here as well as an online shop that has AAHS branded merchandise and designs that are made exclusively for Animal Allies and can't be found anywhere else.


Please see our Resources page if you need additional services such as:

  • Surrendering your pet to Animal Allies

    • Sources for other rehoming options

  • Lost and Found pets information

  • Veterinary care that may be available in your area

  • Training tips and referrals for behavior issues in cats and dogs

  • Online resources for affordable pet-friendly housing

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