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The Borderland Humane Society (BHS) in International Falls, Minnesota, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of animals and their human companions in Koochiching County. Established in 1973, BHS has a rich history of education, rescue, fostering, and re-homing of primarily dogs and cats. The organization has adopted the Association of Shelter Veterinarians "Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters," ensuring animals under their care experience freedom from hunger, discomfort, pain, and fear, and have the freedom to express normal behavior.
BHS has evolved over the years, with a significant re-organization in 2006 that led to shared responsibilities among board members and volunteers. In 2009, the city of International Falls contracted with BHS to operate the city’s animal pound building, which was then renamed the Borderland Humane Society Animal Holding Facility. The facility is manned by part-time employees of BHS and supported by a largely volunteer workforce. Funding comes from the city, Koochiching County, grants, and private donations. The organization is open to the public from Tuesday to Friday, 3pm-7pm, and Saturday from 8am-noon.
The mission of BHS is to provide safe shelter for companion animals in transition, promote responsible pet ownership, and improve the quality of life for animals and people alike. They are active members of the Chamber of Commerce and participate in various community events and fundraisers. The organization is located at 1990 Valley Pine Circle, International Falls, MN 56649, and can be reached at (218) 283-9276 or via email. BHS continues to be a beacon of hope and support for animals in need, backed by a community that values the intrinsic worth and dignity of every animal.