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Cassandra Conroy

Shelter Manager

I started here in August of 2017, I started as a Shelter Assistant and moved up to Shelter Manager. I graduated from Globe University with my Veterinary Technician A.A.S degree. I have a love for all types of animals and working here you never know what you are going to see or be able to learn about. I have 2cats at home, one is named Petunia and the other is named Shot Gun Sherbet. I adopted Sherbet form RBHS. They had to amputate her back left leg. I have a dog named Miley May, a gecko named Mondo and Russian Tortoise named Kuppa, a beta fish called Henderson and an Albino Burmese Python named Freak. I also have 2 children ages 6 and 6 months. The most rewarding parts of my job are being able to reunite a lost pet with their owner, being part of adoptions and healing the sick or injured.

Elaine Morgan

Assistant Shelter Manager

I have been at the Humane Society since October of 2013. I started off as a Receptionist; moved up to a Shelter Assistant, then went to school for grooming and earned my certificate of grooming and became a groomer at the Humane Society until we no longer offered grooming services. I then became a Shelter Supervisor and now I am in my role as Shelter Assistant Manager. I have always had a passion for animals and working here has given me so much more knowledge and experience that I ever had. Every day here is different, I am constantly learning new things and nothing is more rewarding than helping animals in need whether they are sick, lost, pregnant, injured or just looking for their forever home.  I have 2 cats at home, one names packer and the other is named Fanny. She came in as a stray to RBHS that was hit by a car and we thought she wasn’t going to make it. But the vet amputated her tail and was able to save her. I grew up on a farm and my parents still have the farm, they have taken a duck, a goat and a chicken form the RBHS.

Ruth Petersen

Shelter Assistant

I have been with the Humane Society for 12 years. My specialty is taking care of baby kittens that come in without their moms. I bottle feed them and help them grow into loving cats. I love being able to see my bottle babies go to their forever homes. I have also done a lot of work with shy or scared dogs. I like to help them feel more comfortable with people so they are ready for their big adoption day. I have 3 dogs, Toe B an 11-year-old beagle, Diego a 5-year-old Min Pin and Delta a 2-year-old Mini Aussie. I also have 5 cats. Itty Bitty is 10 years old, Little One is 7 years old, Silver Grey 6 years old, Eye Yore 5 years old and Cinderella 3 years old. I Have adopted all of my amazing pets from the River Bluff Humane Society. Itty Bitty was my first one to be adopted from here and Little one was my first ever bottle baby.

Kathy Jenkin

Shelter Assistant

I am from Florida (Clewiston). I was an Animal Control Officer for over 16 years, a Police Officer for 5 years, and a Black Water Diver for 5 years, all 3 jobs were with the Clewiston Police Department. I moved here to be close to my parents and started working here a year ago. I have 4 dogs at home 1 is a full blooded boxer name CJ. I have 2 rescue dogs I got from down south where I worked. Cheyanne is a boxer pit bull mix and Shea is an English bulldog beagle mix. I have recently adopted a puppy from River Bluff Humane Society named Xena, she is a Cane Corso Mastiff Great Dane mix.

What Drives Us

Our Mission

The River Bluff Humane Society is a non-profit organization located in Red Wing, MN that serves the community by caring for the area’s animals in need. Our mission is to protect animals by providing shelter, promoting adoption & responsible pet ownership, and preventing animal over-population.

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Have Any Questions?
Are you a no-kill shelter?
No. However, we try to avoid euthanizing animals whenever possible. We take in all of the homeless pets in our area and that occasionally includes animals that are extremely ill or aggressive. We give sick animals medical treatment when appropriate, but for some extremely ill animals, we believe euthanasia is more humane. We also do not adopt out aggressive pets and those animals are euthanized. No adoptable animals are euthanized – once an animal is up for adoption, it will remain up for adoption until it finds a home. You may review our complete euthanasia policy here.
Are you part of the city/county government?
No. We have contracts with the City of Red Wing, Goodhue County, and other areas to handle certain aspects of animal control. As such, we do receive some funding from these government entities in accordance with our contracts. However, we are an independent organization and the majority of our income comes from public support. We do not receive state or federal funding.
I donate to the Humane Society of the United States, isn't that a donation for you?

No. While the HSUS is a worthy cause, and they do great things to spread awareness about animals and advertise for Humane Societies in general, we do not receive any financial support from them.

I can't keep my pet anymore, can you take him?
Possibly. When space permits, we take in animals whose owners are unable to keep them for any reason. We charge a surrender fee (to help offset our expenses in caring for your pet), and will also ask you for information about your pet, including past health and behavior history. You may contact any shelter staff person for more information specific to your situation.
I'd like to have the Humane Society bring animals to visit my school/facility, will you do that?
We are happy to bring animals and talk about the Humane Society, or just give a presentation about who we are and what we do to schools, daycares, senior living facilities, community organization meetings, and the like. Please contact us to set up a time and discuss details. There is no charge for having us visit, but donations are always appreciated.
What are your animal intake/release numbers?

Please visit our Animal Records Page.