Animal Humane Society gifted $6M; is latest in trio of donations to be worth at least $1M

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The Animal Humane Society (AHS) has received three separate donations surpassing $1 million in the last three months – and the latest of the trio of gifts was the largest ever.

In a letter to volunteers obtained by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, the organization said it has received a $6 million gift from the estate of Steve Nordberg and Betsy McDonald.

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According to the letter sent by AHS, the pair volunteered thousands of hours helping orphaned kittens from 2014-2019, and frequently donated to the organization.

AHS says $5 million of the $6 million will be put towards its animal care campus project on Kasota Avenue in St. Paul.

The organization’s website says that although it is still in the early planning stages, the animal care campus will be designed to provide state-of-the-art specialized care for animals arriving at AHS and in the community, and will also expand AHS’ ability to keep people and pets together.

The rest of the money will go to a fund the AHS has for unexpected expenses, which the organization says has been necessary in bouncing back from COVID-19-related financial losses.

More information about the Animal Humane Society can be found here.