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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 a nice supply 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 very cold 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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Calling all pet owners!

Don't forget the deadline for the 2023 Petersburg Pets Calendar is July 8!

images of past Petersburg Pets calendars with a calendar cover of cats with "2023?" superimposed.

Give us your best shot! Email high-resolution images along with the pet's full name (either its "real" name or what you call it, plus the family name) to mjjones at Then make out a check for $10 per picture to Petersburg Humane Association and mail it to Merrily Jones, Box 206, Petersburg. Indicate on the check that it's for the calendar. This year's cover will feature a pet that is not a dog.

Tips for a good picture:

  • Make sure the pet is in sharp focus. A lot of things can be corrected, but not fuzzy!
  • A close-up is best. This is a pets calendar, not a beautiful Southeast calendar (beautiful as Southeast is).
  • Remember that each animal in the photo is named on the photo, so it's best to limit the number of animals to 1 or 2 (especially if they have long names or more than 1 family name!) We want to be able to (1) read the names and (2) see the pets around the names!
  • Finally, shoot early and shoot often. Then send in your favorite(s).

This is your chance to show off your fabulous (and gorgeous) pets! Remember to get your pix in by July 8 and your money in as soon after as possible. Payment is needed before a photo can be used so a delay in paying means a delay in creating and printing your 2023 calendar.


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.

We're delighted to announce the adoption of

our mellow senior cat!

Still Looking For Homes

Our renovated cat shelter is once again available as a temporary home for feline companions waiting to find a furever home.

Currently, the shelter will be open only by appointment. To schedule a visit or if you are interested in adopting any of our furry friends, please call PHA at 907-518-1091 and leave a clear 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 907-518-1091 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.

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.


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.


Flock a Friend

A pink plastic flamingo peers out of an oval containing more flamingos behind it.Every April, a visiting flock of (plastic) flamingos visits Petersburg, looking for good yards to rest in and prepare for the rest of their journey. For $10, you can send them to the yard of a friend or neighbor (or anybody else) for one day. They can donate $10 to have them removed or an additional $10 to send them to another yard. All proceeds go to helping our companion animals.

Help Wanted

Shelter Volunteer Coordinator:
Love of cats, dependability and strong sense of responsibility necessary.

  • Must coordinate volunteer schedules at the shelter to assure cats receive care every day.
  • Should seek additional volunteers to spread the load.
  • Must fill in as needed.

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

  • Regular shelter care volunteers must be able to commit to a regular schedule. Dependability essential
  • 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 907-518-1091

Adoptable Pets

Our shelter is currently empty. Thank you for giving all our animals good homes!

Updated: June 16, 2022

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.