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Did You Know?

Birds, a subgroup of reptiles, are the last living examples of dinosaurs. The chicken is the closest living relative to the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

The first bird domesticated by humans was the goose.

Many birds kept as pets, including doves, parakeets, and lovebirds, enjoy living in pairs for companionship. It is estimated that one third of all bird owners turn on a radio for their pet when they leave the house.

According to National Geographic, scientists have an answer for the age old dispute over which came first, the chicken or the egg. Reptiles were laying eggs thousands of years before chickens appeared. The first chicken came from an egg laid by a bird that was not quite a chicken. Therefore, the egg came first.


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Walk Your Dog in a Safe Place

No need to deal with trucks, construction zones or other traffic to give your dog some exercise. The Petersburg Humane Association (PHA) provides a public dog park on land leased from the Petersburg Borough. There are fenced areas where dogs can play off leash in a natural setting. Or you can take your canine pal on an unfenced trail through the muskeg and back.

Still Looking For Homes

If you have a place for a cat who really tries but just can't always keep his pee in the litter box, Lucky, our gorgeous Mr. Blue Eyes, will give you unconditional love in return.

Lily is a shy cat who wants to get to know you before she comes out to say hi. But she's sweet once she does.

If you're looking for a lap warmer, Spud, so named because he is a "lap potato" for any available couch potato to enjoy, is the cat for you. He's a 16-pound lump of love looking for the home that can be his "furever."

Read more about these great cats, and if you can give one of them a home, call PHA at (907) 518-1091 and leave your phone number and a message. We'll call you back.

Have a Pet You Can't Keep?

Taking animals "out the road" and letting them go is sentencing them to a cruel death. If you have animals you can't find homes for and can't keep, please call 518-1091 and give us a chance to help.

Have an Intact Pet You Can't Afford to Have Fixed?

Click here for an application for financial help with this.

New Shelter Construction Project

Our cats still need your help!

Phase I of the new shelter is finished. It is an 8' x 40' cat building with a small bathroom so volunteers can wash dishes, clean cat areas and fill water dishes. The main room has two fenced areas for the cats, each with access to an outdoor play yard. There's also a stacking washer and dryer and limited storage of food and litter, and a third fenced area is planned.

The cat building is in its permanent location and the cats are in residence. A Rasmuson Foundation grant supplemented PHA's construction fund to cover the cost of finishing Phase I by putting in a rock pad, hooking up utilities and adding fenced enclosures.

Completion of Phase I has let us put the cats in a fully-equipped shelter on PHA-leased land, but it is much smaller than the previous shelter locations. We can't take as many cats, and we have no shelter for dogs in cold weather. Support for the next phases will be needed for a shelter capable of holding up to 10 cats and several dogs.

Help Build a Path to Their Future


Commemorative bricks like the one above line the path to the new shelter. But more bricks are needed to help fund the rest of the shelter construction. For a $100 donation, you can buy a brick to show your support of these animals with the dedication of your choice. For $200 you can get a double-size brick with twice the room for text and/or graphic.

Contact a board member to discuss your options or order online at

All donations to this project go toward the construction of PHA's Animal Shelter and are deeply appreciated.

Other Fund Raisers

2017 Petersburg Pets Calendars

2017 Petersburg Pets calendar  features  Tabitha Slaght, a beautiful white cat.Each page has several of Petersburg's many photogenic pets. A limited number of calendars are still available for $15. Contact PHA by phone or email. Or send your address and a check for $17 to PHA, Box 1417, Petersburg, AK 99833. All proceeds go to help Petersburg's companion animals.

Catnip Cat Mats

Two colorful fabric mats are inspected by a gray cat.These mini-quilts feature fun cat-print fabrics and a "secret" pocket for the included organic catnip. Cats love them, cuddling, kicking, chewing and generally whooping it up with them before curling up on them to sleep off all the activity. The mats are available for $20. Contact PHA by phone or email. Or send your address and a check for $22 to PHA, Box 1417, Petersburg, AK 99833. All proceeds go to the new shelter construction fund.

Leather Mice

A red and black leather mouse measures almost 1 foot nose to tail.These good-sized cat toys made of scraps of colorful leather are stuffed with top-quality catnip, providing long-lasting fun for most cats. Some make it their day's work to chew them up, starting with the ears. The mice are available for $10 from PHA board members. If you live out of town and would like to buy one, please send your address and a check for $12 (to cover mouse and shipping) to PHA, Box 1417, Petersburg, AK 99833. As with the cat mats, all proceeds will go to the new shelter construction fund.

Dog Toys

Toys made of rope knotted in the middle with two to four braided handles of varying lengths and thicknesses.Hand-made toys made of rope of various sizes are good exercise for both dog and owner. They can be thrown or just used for a rousing game of tug-of-war. As with the mice, the dog toys are available for $10 from PHA board members. If you live out of town and would like to buy one, please send your address and a check for $12 (to cover toy and shipping) to PHA, Box 1417, Petersburg, AK 99833. Or call PHA at 907-518-1091 and leave a message to talk with a board member about just what you want in your dog toy. As with the cat mats and mice, all proceeds will go to the new shelter construction fund.


Help Wanted

Shelter Volunteers:
Love of animals, especially cats, necessary.

  • Regular shelter care volunteers must be able to commit to a regular schedule. Dependability essential. Another volunteer is needed for Saturdays.
  • Volunteers are also wanted to fill in as needed for those on regular schedules.
  • Animal socializers are also very welcome most any time.

Dog Walkers:
Love of dogs and ability to control medium- to large-size dogs necessary.

Love of dogs and/or cats necessary. Must be able to have pets in home..

Contact PHA at 518-1091

Adoptable Pets

Lucky is an orange tabby with blue eyes.

Lily is a mature long-haired white female cat

Spud is a large dark seal-point Siamese mix male cat.

Updated: July 27, 2017

The Petersburg Humane Association exists to eliminate cruelty to and suffering of animals by promoting compassion and kindness toward domestic and companion animals. Contact us via mail at PO Box 1417, Petersburg, AK 99833, by cell phone at 907-518-1091 and leave your phone number, or by e-mail at
The Petersburg Humane Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Federal ID# 92-0166958. All donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.