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Contented Critters is a no-kill animal sanctuary located in Makinen, Minnesota.

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We are a volunteer-run organization dedicated to the rescue, care, and relocation of animals in need.  The majority of the animals coming through our doors are dogs and cats. However, no injured creature that is not in another shelter’s contract area is ever turned away. Many of these animals are found abandoned. Some have been rescued from bad situations and some were simply dropped off by owners who can no longer care for them.
Regardless of breed, age or situation, we provide these animals with appropriate veterinary care and keep them happy and healthy until suitable loving homes can be found for them.

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Over 35 years ago, the Star of the North Humane Society (Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744) was created by compassionate individuals determined to provide much needed animal welfare services in your area. We started helping animals in 1978; we officially organized in 1980. Eventually we had a building to provide a shelter for abused, neglected, and unwanted animals.

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It was a place where the animals could heal physically and rebuild their trust in humanity. It was a place where people could find their special companions. It was a place where volunteers could see the wonderful results of the work they were doing. Unfortunately, by 2011, it was clear that the aging building was no longer the safe and healthy refuge it was intended to be. With great sadness we found places for the remaining animals and closed the doors for good.

In spite of the loss of the shelter, Star of the North Humane Society has continued to provide many services for the animals and people of Itasca County and the Northland community. Through the hard work of a dedicated group of volunteers we are continuing to help scores of animals to begin their new lives in loving homes.

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Friends of Animals Humane Society (Cloquet, Minnesota 55720) is dedicated to providing care and treatment to the dogs and cats in the areas surrounding Cloquet.

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FOA strives daily to help them in times of need, and to improve their lives by finding them their forever homes.

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The mission of Helping Paws of Minnesota (Hopkins, Minnesota 55343) is to further the independence of individuals with physical disabilities through the use of service dogs.

Helping Paws stays abreast of industry trends, unique opportunities, and community needs to ensure that its mission and core values remain on target, and it values input from staff, volunteers, board of directors, and graduates.

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Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society (Edina, Minnesota 55439) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of companion rabbits. MCRS is entirely supported by donations and memberships.

The mission of MCRS is:

  • Education: To reduce the number of unwanted rabbits and to improve the lives of companion rabbits by educating the public and assisting humane societies.
  • Adoption: To help rabbits in area shelters, or those that shelters can no longer care for, to find permanent homes.

The Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society works to let people know that domestic rabbits can and do make wonderful companions, as long as you are willing to meet them on their terms. MCRS teaches “bunny parent” classes, trains shelter staff, offers bunny tune-ups, maintains a phone and email hotline so that people can contact it with questions or problems, and generally tries to help keep rabbits and their human companions living happily together.

In addition, MCRS has a small number of fosterers who work with the local shelter systems to help them lower their euthanasia rates and raise their adoption rates. Its fostering efforts focus primarily on rabbits who are relatively healthy but are not well-suited to the shelter environment due to personality or temperment. In addition, MCRS occasionally helps the shelters with a rabbit who is ill when it believes that the additional time and expertise that it can offer the rabbit may make the critical difference in saving that rabbit’s life.

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Upper Midwest Great Dane Rescue was started in December of 2008 by a group of Great Dane lovers who desire to help Great Danes in need. The rescue is made up of all volunteers who lovingly give of their time, efforts, and money to help Great Danes.

Upper Midwest Great Dane Rescue serves the animal community by providing foster homes, medical treatment, and behavioral assessments to Great Danes in need of forever homes.

The rescue covers Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

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Veterinary Dermatology and Allergy Center (Coon Rapids, Minnesota 55433) offers comprehensive Veterinary Dermatology Specialty Services exclusively for dogs and cats.

This encompasses anything dermatological, e.g. allergies, Intradermal Allergy Skin Testing, endocrinal diseases, ectoparasitic conditions, immune mediated diseases, and Cryosurgery.

Starting treatment today can make a world of difference in the quality of your pet’s life.

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Underdog Rescue (St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55416) s a 501(c)(3) non-profit, foster-based rescue group dedicated to the rehabilitation and permanent placement of homeless dogs and cats of all ages and all breeds.

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The rescue believes that all animals deserve caring, responsible homes. If there is one common bond between rescue staff and their foster volunteers, it is this: They are genuinely moved by each of the amazing animals who come into their care, and they believe they are the animals’ advocates.

Sometimes, the details of their painful pasts are known to Underdog Rescue; sometimes they are not.  But always, the need for a caring, stable home is very clear. The rescue has each dog and cat thoroughly examined by one of its partner veterinarians and ensures that all necessary medical work is completed before placement. By the time the animals are ready for their new forever family, the rescue’s staff and volunteers have gotten to know them, and are deeply invested in their well-being.

It is for those reasons that Underdog Rescue, working with its amazing network of volunteer fosters, does everything in its power to ensure that each dog or cat is placed with responsible people who are able to make a lifelong commitment to their new pet.

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Pet Haven of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419) is similar to a humane society. It helps homeless cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies. Pet Haven was founded in 1952 and is a charitable 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Everyone in Pet Haven is a volunteer.

Pet Haven has four primary purposes, as noted in its mission statement. It rescues and re-homes cats and dogs, spays and neuters to reduce overpopulation, promotes companion animal welfare, and advocates on behalf of companion animals.

Pet Haven’s adoption program helps homeless dogs and cats find new homes. It provides them with veterinary care including a spay or neuter. All of the animals in Pet Haven’s adoption program stay in volunteer foster homes until they are adopted. The foster families care for the animal and learn about its needs and temperament. This helps Pet Haven find a suitable permanent home that is a good match for the cat or dog. Pet Haven is no kill, which means it doesn’t euthanize any of the animals taken into its adoption program unless they have an untreatable health or behavioral condition that prevents an acceptable quality of life or makes them a serious threat to the safety of people or other animals.

Pet Haven also is committed to reducing pet overpopulation and the needless suffering and killing of unwanted companion animals that results. It offers low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for the pets of low-income families and grants to other animal rescue groups to help them spay and neuter more animals.

Finally, Pet Haven volunteers educate the public about responsible companion animal care. Pet Haven conveys its respect for animals as it talks with prospective new homes for the cats and dogs in its adoption program, meets people at public events, and socializes with friends and family. Pet Haven encourages others to view their pets as members of the family and to treat them as such. We are their guardians and they depend on us for our companionship and care.

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Second Chance Animal Rescue (White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110) provides homeless dogs and cats a second chance at life and companionship.

The organization goes beyond the confines of shelter walls to build an extensive network of knowledgeable, experienced, talented, and caring individuals.

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