Dog Friendly Rescues + Shelters

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  • Minneapolis – This all-volunteer organization is dedicated to rehoming, educating, and advocating for Rottweilers and Pit Bulls in Minnesota.

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  • Bloomington – Founded by veterinary professionals, this non-profit helps the most unwanted, physically abused, and emotionally neglected animals find their forever home.

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  • Minneapolis – The mission of AAHI is to provide a second chance for stray, abandoned, abused, or otherwise homeless purebred Siberian Huskies by finding suitable, permanent, loving adoptive homes.

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  • Hastings – Founded in 1977, Animal Ark is at the center of Minnesota’s rescue community and is the largest no-kill shelter in the Twin Cities metro.

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  • Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul, Woodbury - As the leading animal welfare organization in the upper Midwest, AHS is more than just a great place to find the perfect pet. Friendly animal experts at each location offer services and support for every stage of an animal’s life.

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  • Delano – ACDRMN is a non-profit dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned cattle dogs, primarily from high-kill shelters, and placing them into carefully screened forever homes.

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  • St. Louis Park - Their mission is simple and important: to rescue and then find homes for beagles who have been used in laboratory testing.

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  • Chaska – For more than 25 years, this non-profit has helped find homes for unwanted animals by connecting animals with people who care.

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  • Serving Minnesota since 2006, this rescue provides quality services for rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, and/or retirement for cocker spaniels.

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  • Hudson, WI - A foster-based, volunteer-driven rescue based in Hudson, WI, that serves the Twin Cities area, finding high-quality veterinary care and loving foster and forever homes for every dog.

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  • St. Bonifacius - Corner of Kindness helps animals when they need rescue the most, including those who are sick, scared, or in need of hospice.

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  • Buffalo – Founded in 2000, Doberman Rescue MN is dedicated to finding the best possible home for all Dobermans in their care and are guided by years of experience.

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  • Osseo - The mission and vision of Forever Loved is to move society towards compassion and intentional love for all creatures.

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  • Madison, MN - This small rescue specializes in helping find homes for Pitbulls and Rottweilers, and promotes responsible ownership and positive breed image through education and events.

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  • Minnetonka – Founded in 2008, GPPR rescues and re-homes displaced German Shorthairs and Pointers, getting them out of shelters and into loving forever homes in Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska.

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  • This foster-based senior dog rescue strives to raise awareness of the joys and challenges of living with aging dogs.

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  • Minneapolis – This volunteer-run organization is committed to finding ex-racing greyhounds their forever homes and educating the public on the suitability of greyhounds as pets.

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  • Maple Grove - Happy Tails finds good, loving homes for as many homeless animals as they can — without sacrificing the high quality of care they provide.

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  • Monticello – Since 1991, this no-kill, non-profit organization has been dedicated to sheltering, fostering, and rehoming unwanted and homeless animals.

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  • Leech Lake – Founded by two passionate animal advocates, this non-profit organization rescues and re-homes animals from and provides education to the people of the Leech Lake Reservation.

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  • Redwood Falls – This animal nonprofit is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming Japanese Chins in need.

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  • Brooklyn Park – Through rescue, rehabilitation, foster care, and adoption, MARS ensures all roads lead home for the animals in their care.

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  • Hinckley – Serving Minnesota since 2006, this rescue provides loving, caring foster homes to rescued pugs as they search for forever homes.

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  • Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue saves and places Shiba Inus across the Midwest with a vast foster and volunteer network that spreads across MN, NE, IA, MO, KS, WI, MI, IL, and IN.

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  • Woodbury – This completely volunteer-run organization helps recue, rehabilitate, and rehome unwanted and abandoned boxer dogs.

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  • Circle Pines – This rescue is devoted to rescuing and rehabilitating Shelties in need — and finding them the forever homes they deserve.

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  • St. Paul – This all-breed animal advocacy group rescues and rehomes shelter dogs from around the country, focusing on dogs that would otherwise have little chance of adoption.

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  • Bloomington - This rescue is dedicated to interim care and rehabilitation for lost, abused and abandoned animals, and placing them into loving homes.

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  • Brooklyn Center – This nonprofit speaks out for the abused, neglected, and abandoned pooches; finds them their forever homes; and educates adopters.

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  • St. Paul - A small, non-profit rescue dedicated to rehabilitation and rehoming of unwanted animals. They take surrendered animals and those from overcrowded shelters, provide vet care and find fosters until adoption.

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  • This non-profit, run entirely by volunteers, dedicates itself to finding responsible homes for retired racing greyhounds and educating the public about greyhounds in the process.

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  • Minneapolis – Founded in 1994, this rescue promotes responsible breeding and hosts a rescue program for Great Pyrenees in need of new homes.

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  • Excelsior – This all-volunteer non-profit works to rescue Shih Tzu and Shih Tzu mixes from dangerous environments with the goal of placing them in loving forever homes.

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  • Minneapolis – Since 1952, this non-profit and rescue has been a full-service love machine, providing rescuing, re-homing, spaying, neutering, and advocacy for companion animals.

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  • Minneapolis – This no-kill, non-profit specializes in Trap-Neuter-Return programs for feral cats, hospice foster care for animals rescued from local animal control, and rescue and rehab of homeless animals from MN to Mexico.

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  • St. Paul - This small dog rescue is run by volunteers and devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of abused, abandoned, neglected, or surrendered Pekingeses and Japenese Chins.

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  • Prior Lake – Protecting Paws is a foster-based animal rescue focused on giving animals a second chance at life.

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  • Trail – Truly a one-of-a-kind rescue, Red Lake Rosie's Rescue is an all-volunteer, non-profit animal rescue located on the Red Lake Reservation in northwestern Minnesota.

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  • Blaine - Non-profit and no-kill, RPAW is dedicated helping homeless dogs and cats. Animals are spayed or neutered, receive necessary vet care, and are fostered until permanent homes are found.

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  • Minnetonka – Since 1985, RAGOM has been rescuing golden retrievers and retriever mixes and rehoming the dogs in their care to homes in Minnesota, Iowa, and the Dakotas.

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  • Princeton - Dedicated to saving at-risk animals and educating the community about animal rescue and responsibility, this rescue helps stray, neglected, abandoned, and surrendered dogs and other animals.

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  • Mayer – The mission of this organization is to restore the reputation of pit bulls and match these loving family dogs with great human families.

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  • White Bear Lake – Since 1994, this non-profit and rescue has been providing dogs and cats with a second chance at life by rescuing, caring for, and rehoming animals.

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  • Minnetonka – This non-profit provides foster homes, proper veterinary care, and daily necessities for dogs, cats, other at-risk furry creatures.

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  • Eden Prairie – This all-volunteer organization is committed to rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing Shih Tzus and Shih Tzu mixes in need of loving homes.

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  • Chaska - Southwest Metro Animal Rescue and Adoption Society is a non-profit organization committed to the rescue of abandoned, abused and stray domestic animals.

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  • St. Paul – This local rescue was formed in order to find deserving animals a home that will care for and love them unconditionally.

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  • St. Louis Park – This all-breed rescue advocates for dogs in need, with a focus on puppy mill survivors, and all the underdogs who may otherwise be overlooked.

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  • Shakopee - A volunteer-run, non-profit animal rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals and educating the community on responsible pet ownership.

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