Borderland Humane Society

A nonprofit organization

The Borderland Humane Society Seeks the Continued Support of the Community

January 2015 brought about a huge change for the Borderland Humane Society (BHS).  We moved in to the much anticipated holding facility (shelter).  The space doubled compared to the original holding facility, the cats no longer live literally on top of the dogs, we have an office and a meeting area, a handicapped accessible bathroom, a laundry and bath room, and intake area, a cat and dog room (separate!!!) and outdoor kennels.  The new holding facility continues to get better each day.  Little improvements are made here and there including: a television in the meeting area to keep the public informed, a television in the cat room (it plays a dvd with birds, hamsters and butterflies), a dog kennel with a roof on it (inside) to contain the jumpers, new cleaning systems and wonderful staff, volunteers and board members. 

The BHS serves International Falls and the surrounding areas in Koochiching County, MN.  

Background information on the Borderland Humane Society:

The Borderland Humane Society (BHS) organized and incorporated in 1973 in International Falls, Minnesota to serve animals (and their people) in Koochiching County.  Early efforts focused on education through Animal Talk Articles in the local newspaper.  Pet shows, poster contests, presentations at schools, annual award programs were significant activities until the early 1990’s.  BHS was always involved in rescuing, fostering, re-homing primarily dogs and cats.   Emphasis on spay/neuter programs gradually grew in importance.  BHS has always had an active board, but until 2006 the organization’s name was usually equated with the name of one key person who basically ran most of the programs and carried on the primary day to day work of the organization.  Following re-organization in 2006, responsibilities became shared with board member and other volunteers having more active roles.  In 2009 the city of International Falls contracted with the BHS to run the city’s animal pound building (constructed in 1962), and the building was re-named the Borderland Humane Society Animal Holding Facility.  The building had previously been used and operated by law enforcement. It is now manned by 3 part time employees of BHS.  Currently this is the building that will be replaced through joint efforts of the city, county and BHS.                                                              

Our new Mission Statement reads - The Borderland Humane Society provides safe shelter for companion animals in transition, promotes responsible pet ownership and improves the quality of life for animals and people.

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PO BOX 543 1990 Valley Pine Circle