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We Are Offering Basic Obedience Classes

Dog TrainingHomeward Animal Shelter’s dog trainer, Jim, will be offering Basic Obedience classes to the public, starting on Monday, November 16th or Tuesday, November 17th from 7-8pm. You can choose which weeknight you prefer at the time of registration. Classes last for a total of 6 weeks and the cost is $115. If you would like to register for an obedience class, please contact us at 701-239-0077 to reserve your spot today!



Wags, Whiskers & Wine auction features valuable baseball signed by Yankee greats Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and Ken Hunt

Jim Melhus wanted a way to raise awareness and money for the Homeward Animal Shelter, where he works as a dog trainer. He went back to his youth to do that.ball crop

Melhus donated a baseball signed by baseball greats Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and Ken Hunt at Homeward’s annual Wags, Whiskers & Wine event Oct. 22 at the NDSU Alumni Center.

Maris broke Babe Ruth’s single-season record by clubbing 61 home runs in 1961. The record stood until 1998 when it was surpassed by Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.

Maris now stands at seventh on the list, but the three players who’ve hit more than 61 homers in a season – Barry Bonds, McGwire and Sosa – have all been implicated for steroid use. Many still view Maris as the “true” record-holder because he did not use performancing-enhancing drugs.

The ball will be the featured auction item at Wags, Whiskers & Wine.

“It’s not just about the money, although that is important,” Melhus said. “Hopefully the ball will get us some attention for our organization. It’s also a way to get some recognition for our Wags, Whiskers & Wine event.”

There is a fun backstory to the famous baseball.

Melhus was a college kid working at OK Tire in Fargo in the summer of 1984. This was the first year of the Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tournament and an all-star lineup of ex-New York Yankees were in Fargo.

Maris, the hometown hero, and Mantle, America’s hero, were the biggest draws. Melhus naturally wanted their autographs.

Dick Savageau was Melhus’ boss at OK Tire, and he happened to be a friend of Maris’ from Shanley High School and was part of the golf tournament’s inner circle.

“I’d bother him all the time. ‘Hey, can you have Mickey and Roger sign a baseball for me?’,” Melhus recounted recently. “Every day, I begged him to get a baseball signed by Mickey and Roger and he would always say, ‘I’m not going to bother those guys with that. They don’t need that.’”Jim with Gus cropped

The tournament came to town and, as was always the case in the early days, there was much revelry among the former Yankees and their friends.

Savageau showed up at OK Tire a morning after such revelry and spotted Melhus a fair distance away performing his job as a tire installer.

“Hey, Jim!” Savageau yelled.

When Melhus looked up, Savageau tossed a baseball at him. Melhus caught it. On it, were signatures of Maris, Mantle and another Yankee great, Ken Hunt.

“It was pretty cool,” Melhus said. “The ball is still important, it still means something, but it has lost some significance to me. By donating the ball, I’m hopefully giving something to help our organization.”

The signatures of Maris and Hunt have been authenticated by a sports memorabilia organization, which is very important to collectors. Mantle’s has not, which also includes a backstory.

Remember the revelry of the Maris golf tournament mentioned earlier? Mantle, as he often did, was enjoying many adult beverages with his old Yankee teammates. Melhus said Savageau told him that Mantle was a) extremely inebriated and b) perturbed Maris had already signed on the “sweet spot” of the ball, so Mickey nonchalantly scribbled his signature. So while it doesn’t look like a classic Mantle autograph, Melhus says it is.

Galen Heinle of Big Nick’s Sports Cards in West Acres Mall helped the shelter authenticate the ball and said it has great value.

“They’ve got the best they could get,” Heinle said. “Roger just keeps getting bigger and bigger in the world of sports collectors. The more questions there are about the other guys who’ve hit all these home runs, the better Roger looks. He’s bigger than life. He just grows and grows and grows. His stuff is still very sought-after.”

Homeward Animal Shelter hopes Maris’ popularity can help with its mission of rescuing, sheltering, protecting and finding homes for dogs and cats.


Internet Cat Video Festival


Calling all feline fanatics!  The cats are back!  Plains Art Museum, The Fargo Theatre and Homeward Animal Shelter are excited announce the famed Internet Cat Video Festival is back for another year on Saturday, Oct. 17th at the Fargo Theatre.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children.  Showings at 1pm and 7:30pm.  For more information visit,

Wags, Whiskers & Wine

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Please join us for the 6th Annual Wags, Whiskers & Wine event to support the homeless cats & dogs of Homeward Animal Shelter!

Wags, Whiskers & Wine

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Oct. 22, 2015

NDSU Alumni Center

Wags, Whiskers & Wine is a silent/live auction and wine tasting event to raise money for the shelter animals. The event will take place from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 at the NDSU Alumni Center located at 1241 N. University Dr. in Fargo.  The evening will include music, a wine tasting by Happy Harry’s, delicious food and many remarkable items featured in our silent and live auction; all while supporting a worthwhile cause.

Call 701-364-9013 to reserve tickets.  Tickets are $50 and are 100% tax deductible. Dress is business casual.

Featured auction item: PSA/DNA authenticated signed Roger Maris baseball and certificate.

In addition to the baseball, other auction items include: 6 night stay in a Florida vacation home, guided fishing trips, artwork, sports tickets, hotel packages, baked goods, pet baskets and much, much more!

7:15 p.m. – Live Auction Begins

8:00 p.m. – 1st Silent Auction Section Closes

8:15 p.m. – 2nd Silent Auction Section Closes

Food Sponsors include:

  • Breadsmith
  • Cakery Pops
  • Fantasies in Frosting
  • Fargo Country Club
  • Freddy’s Lefse
  • Hornbacher’s
  • Maxwell’s
  • Mosaic Catering
  • MSUM Catering
  • Nichole’s Fine Pastry
  • Rhombus Guys
  • Santa Lucia’s

WWW sponsors



Pints for Paws!

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Check out the Unpillage Happy Hour Sept. 7th – 11th from 4-6pm at Drekker Brewing Company – 630 1st Ave N, Suite 6 in Fargo.  For every pint of beer sold in the taproom during that time, Drekker Brewing Company will donate $1 to the animals of Homeward Animal Shelter.  Gather your friends and be sure to stop by and have a Pint for Paws!

Granite City Dine-to-Donate on Saturday, August 29th!

Dine to Donate on Saturday, Aug. 29th at Granite City Food & Brewery – Fargo! Just bring this flyer in with you and 20% of your total tab will be donated to the shelter pets of Homeward Animal Shelter. So, gather your friends and family and be sure to check it out this Saturday! Granite City

The Olate Dogs are Coming to Fargo! Get Your Tickets Today!

Olate Dog

While best known for winning America’s Got Talent and stealing the heart of America, the Olate Dogs are more than just a puppy show. Indeed Richard and Nicholas Olate and their team of amazing dogs do stunts and tricks that will amaze and delight. Now they have taken their talents to another level. They are now presenting this fantastic Variety Show with more than just dog tricks to theatres around the country, drawing sold-out family crowds and rave reviews. Nicholas Olate is a performer in his own right, a singer and outstanding MC. Richard Olate is a great actor and personality, and the Dogs are Stars unlike any others. The show includes comedy, slapstick and acrobatics, music, original film and of course Amazing dog tricks in a touching blend that has met with standing ovations.

Tickets for this show are available at:

25th Annual Paws Walk A Success

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the 25th Annual Paws Walk on Tuesday, July 28th.  With your help, we raised over $36,000 for the homeless cats & dogs of Homeward Animal Shelter.  Thank you!!  Click here to see some fun photos from the event.

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2015 Newsletter 2: Paws Walk Extra


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