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Did You Know?

Of Dogs and Cats

It appears that dogs domesticated themselves some 15,000 years ago, looking for food in our scrap piles. Smart dogs.

Cats were a harder sell. They finally decided that we might be of service to them around 7,000 years ago when our granaries attracted nice supplies of rodents.
Since then they have fairly successfully trained us to meet their needs.

There are 701 kinds of pure breed dogs, only 100 breeds of cats. (Does this mean that cats are naturally so wonderful they didn’t have to be bred to be any different?)

The only domestic cat native to North America is the Maine Coon.

The expression "three dog night" originated with the Eskimos to describe a night so cold that you have to bed down with three dogs to keep warm.

And it has been scientifically proven that stroking a cat can lower one’s blood pressure.

So snuggle up with your favorite dog or cat and keep healthy and warm!


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2018 Petersburg Pets calendars are sold out!

Thanks to all those who bought one. Your support is greatly appreciated!

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. The entrance is off Haugen Drive above Sandy Beach Park.

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.

Buddy is an independent, camera-shy soul who came to PHA from a traumatic situation. Still, he makes friends easily in his own time. He's hyperthyroid and needs medicine twice a day.

Lacey is a mature cat with a lots of love and a great purr. Her housemate, Chilkat, is a large lapful who isn't shy about sharing his feelings vocally.

Read more about these great cats, and if you can give one of them a home, call PHA at (907) 518-1091 and leave a voice mail with your phone number and a message. We'll call you back. (Please don't text to this number. The actual phone is not checked, only the voice mail.)

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, located at the dog park, hooked up to borough utilities, 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 limited storage of food and litter in a third unfenced area which is also used for cats in a pinch. The structure sits on a rock pad with room for the fenced play yards and a walkway to the door.

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

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. 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. As with the cat mats, all proceeds will go to the new shelter construction fund.

Hand-made dog toys

Toys made of rope knotted in the middle with two to four braided handles of varying lengths and thicknesses. Made of rope and tennis balls, these toys are good exercise for both dog and owner. They can be thrown or just used for a rousing game of tug-of-war. The toys are available for $10. Proceeds go toward PHA's operating expenses, including spay/neuter scholarships and shelter costs.

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

Buddy is an alert black cat with big golden eyes.



Updated: December 3, 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 voice mail 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.