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About Us

About Alaska Mindful Paws

Alaska Mindful Paws (AMP) is a non-profit organization currently managing the Homer Animal Shelter through a contract with the City of Homer. In addition to managing the shelter, AMP staff is responsible for animal control services within the city limits and issuing dog licenses
to city residents. As a non-profit, AMP is eligible to receive tax-deductible donations as well as in-kind donations.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide a safe transition for homeless animals while educating the community in humane and responsible pet ownership. The staff consists of an Executive Director/Shelter Manger, an Assistant Shelter Manager and a Kennel Assistant. The organization also has five-member Board of Directors.


Our Philosophy

While AMP is a new organization, we are striving to build a reputation of integrity and excellent service. We value honesty and dedication to providing the best care possible to both the animals in the shelter and the public we deal with. As a volunteer, what you do and say at the shelter or off-site reflects on our reputation. We ask that you treat any shelter visitor with courtesy and respect. We plan to work towards educating the community in humane and responsible pet ownership in a variety of ways. Informational handouts are being created that will be available to visitors as well as included in complimentary “adoption packets” that will accompany the adoption of each animal. We make great efforts to share useful information about companion animals through our social media sites and future website. AMP also has plans in the future to coordinate with other community groups to promote humane and responsible pet ownership through various fundraising events and cooperative efforts.


Collaboration with others in the community is important to us. We are fortunate to have a cooperative agreement the Homer Veterinary Clinic to ensure appropriate veterinary treatment of all animals. We also receive generous support from the local non-profit organization, Homer Animal Friends. Part of their organization’s mission is “to support the animal shelter” and as such, they have agreed to cover half the costs of spay/neuter surgeries for all shelter animals. Through these collaborative efforts with the Homer Veterinary Clinic and Homer Animal Friends, AMP hopes to achieve it’s goal of supporting responsible and humane pet ownership in this community. We are very grateful for the cooperation and support of these organizations and for the commitment of our dedicated volunteers.



Alaska Mindful Paws Homer Animal Shelter
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