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Petersburg Humane Association

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About the Petersburg Humane Association

Petersburg, Alaska, is a remote island community with about 3000 human residents. Its isolation means most of its animal problems are home-grown, as are most of its animal solutions.

The Petersburg Humane Association (PHA) is an all-volunteer group that organized in 1999 to serve as a focal point for finding solutions to those problems. Our ultimate goal is a town in which every companion animal has a safe and loving home. In the meantime, we are raising awareness of the needs of our animal friends, providing temporary shelter as we try to find permanent homes for animals without them now, and encouraging responsible pet ownership.


Our program has several facets, all working to benefit Petersburg's companion animals. The major parts of our task are

  • care of sheltered cats and impounded dogs,
  • spay/neuter scholarships,
  • education,
  • animal fostering, and
  • fund raising.

Since 1999, our volunteers have cared and found forever homes for over 400 cats and dogs and have helped owners pay for the neutering of dozens of pets.

Capital Project

2010 saw a major advance in our program. On land leased near the airport we've established an animal shelter and public dog park.

Formerly used to house seasonal cannery workers, the area had wooden platforms and minimal amenities, all falling into decay. PHA has refurbished trails, fenced in areas for dogs large and small to play and created a safe, comfortable and convenient place to shelter cats. At this time, we cannot shelter dogs there, but we have an active foster program which has seen any dogs needing shelter placed in homes until they find a permanent family.

It has been a huge undertaking and we rely on donations of material, money, and time to maintain it while working toward a single building built specifically to house all companion animals in need of shelter. If you would like to help, please contact us by message phone (messages are checked daily) at 907-518-1091 or by email at


We depend on memberships and adoption fees to carry out all our programs. In addition, we have several fundraisers throughout the year. These include

  • The annual Petersburg Pets calendar,
  • Sales of handmade pet-oriented merchandise such as catnip cat mats and dog biscuits,
  • Bake sales, and
  • Raffles, auctions and other fundraisers.

To raise money specifically for construction of our permanent shelter, we offer memorial bricks, which line the path to the building and allow people to memorialize or honor beloved pets or humans or to advertise their business.

The Dr. Jane Egger Fund for the Petersburg Humane Association is an endowment fund set up under the Petersburg Community Foundation to honor our late cofounder and vet, Dr. Jane Egger. Interest from the fund comes directly to PHA each year. As the fund grows, this will become a significant source of income for us.

PHA is a community-based organization and always welcomes community involvement and contributions. Petersburg is an incredibly generous town and we could not exist without that generosity.

Board of Directors

PHA is governed by a Board of Directors who serve staggered three-year terms. Current members are:

  • President Christina Sargent
  • Vice-president Jane Smith
  • Secretary Denise Galli
  • Treasurer Rhoda Gilbert
  • Membership Chair Merrily Jones
  • Director Mary Clemens
  • Director Anne Lee
  • Director Laura Wong Rose
Updated June 20, 2018