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Don't Shop...ADOPT!

​My Beliefs

I believe we have a moral responsibility to compassionately and responsibly create a more humane world for animals. Saving one pet won't change the world, but for that one pet their world will change forever!

The Animal Humane Society

The Animal Humane Society exists to engage the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals. Each year, AHS cares for more than 23,000 companion animals in need and helps thousands more through programs for people and pets.


Why a Pageant?
Modern pageants aren't just about beauty. In fact, they are centered around helping young ladies grow and expand their ideas about who they are and what they want to achieve. Much of my community service involvement has revolved around a cause I am passionate about, which is pet adoption. I share my family's pet adoption stories in hopes of inspiring others to consider rescue instead of buying from a pet store. You can't change a pet's past, but you CAN rewrite their future!



"Imagine waking up on a cold, hard floor with no friends or family to call your own. Imagine living in cramped, filthy quarters your entire life. THIS is the reality for many shelter animals and puppy mill dogs across Minnesota.  But there is hope!

The Animal Humane Society is there to give these animals a second chance. My platform "Don't Shop - ADOPT!" encourages people to adopt a rescue animal instead of buying from a pet store. I am a firm believer that the best things in life are rescued!"


                            Ava Ernst



CLICK HERE to read an article from the April 25, 2017

Shoreview Press newspaper about my pet rescue efforts!

"Thank you so much for fundraising for the 2020 Walk for Animals. Your tremendous impact as a Walk Star [raising over $1,000] has helped countless animals in need. We can't wait to walk with you again next year!"

Janelle Dixon

AHS President & CEO