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    Act V Rescue & Rehabilitation

    Bloomington, MN

    This foster-based group in the southern suburbs of Minneapolis is dedicated to taking in and thoughtfully rehabilitating and rehoming the most unwanted and neglected animals.

  • Adopt A Husky

    Albertville, MN

    612-986-2244

    Providing a second chance for stray, abandoned, abused, or otherwise homeless purebred Siberian huskies by finding suitable permanent, loving adoptive homes.


  • Airedale Terrier Rescue and Adoption

    Airedale Terrier Rescue and Adoption, Inc. is a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization rescuing Airedale Terriers in 13 Midwest states. It stands ready to help homeless Airedales and provide them with quality care and love while searching for their perfect forever homes.

  • All Dog Rescue (ADR)

    A foster-based rescue in Minneapolis, ADR finds forever homes for strays, dogs from shelters, and animals surrendered directly from individuals who can no longer care for them.

  • Animal Ark

    651-772-8983

    Animal Ark cares for adoptable animals in a comfortable, homelike shelter as the pets wait to be adopted.

  • Animal Folks MN

    Their mission: To create a modern system of animal protection in Minnesota through institutional and cultural changes.

  • Animal Humane Society

    763-522-4325

    Animal Humane Society offers many services and programs at its five locations in Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul and Woodbury including adoption, surrender, youth programs, pet loss support groups, humane investigations, volunteer opportunities and dog training classes.

  • Animal Rights Coalition

    Dedicated to ending the suffering, abuse, and exploitation of non-human animals through information, education, and advocacy.

  • A Rotta Love Plus

    651-649-4451

    A Rotta Love Plus is dedicated to re-homing Rottweilers and pit bulls in Minnesota, raising breed awareness, educating the public about responsible pet ownership, and advocating for the humane and equal treatment of all dogs without prejudice.

  • Aussie Rescue of Minnesota

    Elk River, MN
    763-441-4377

    A foster-based rescue dedicated to finding loving, permanent homes for Australian Shepherds.

  • B.A.R.K. (Being Advocates for Rescued K-9s)

    An all-breed rescue organization that rescues, cares for and re-homes dogs in need, B.A.R.K. has foster families in both MN and WI where pets stay until they find forever homes.

  • Basset Buddies Rescue

    Milwaukee, WI
    262-347-8823

    This all-volunteer rescue serves MN, WI and Northern IL. They are committed to the rescue, foster and placement of basset hounds.

  • Border Collie Rescue of Minnesota

    Accepts pedigreed, non-verified, and mixed Border Collies from owners, shelters, and other rescue organizations. All rescued dogs are placed with foster families until they find forever homes.

  • Can Do Canines

    Committed to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs.

  • Canine Companions

    2233 Hamline Avenue N.
    Suite 412
    Roseville, MN 55113
    651.403.6400

    Working to provide a better quality of life for seniors and disabled individuals through the companionship of dogs.

  • Carver-Scott Humane Society

    Serving the SW Metro and Carver & Scott counties, CSHS is a foster-based organization that finds hundreds of forever homes for hundreds of dogs & cats every year.

  • Chevy’s Hope Foundation

    PO Box 163
    Brownton, MN 55312
    320.296.1392

    Provides funding and support to animals that have been the victims of abuse or neglect.

  • Coco's Heart Dog Rescue

    A foster-based rescue group in the Twin Cities, Coco's Heart is working toward building a small, warm, welcoming shelter to offer care for dogs on their way to forever families. They've found more than 200 forever homes for dogs since May 2010.

  • Doberman Rescue Minnesota

    651.256.2294

    This all-volunteer, foster-based rescue is dedicated to finding the best possible forever homes for area Dobermans.

  • Dog Grounds

    Builds, administers and maintains off-leash play areas for dogs in the Downtown Minneapolis area, and helps organize neighborhood dog owner groups to oversee those areas.

  • English Springer Rescue - Upper Midwest

    This regional chapter of English Springer Rescue America, Inc. is a referral and foster care purebred placement organization and a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.

  • Foster My Pet

    PO Box 120211
    New Brighton, MN 55112

    Helping pet owners in distress by placing their companion animals in a temporary foster home for a limited period of time.

  • Gemini Rottweiler & Pitbull Rescue

    320.598.3087

    Dedicated to finding forever homes for Rottweilers and Pit Bulls.

  • Gentle Touch Animal Sanctuary

    4900 France Ave. N.
    Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
    763.537.5599

    Their mission: to find homes for homeless and abandoned animals by providing refuge in a comfortable, safe environment until new permanent homes can be found.

  • Great Dane Rescue of MN & WI

    PO Box 007
    Albertville, MN 55301
    715.222.4848

    This all-volunteer organization works to permanently re-home surrendered Great Danes and provides loving, experienced foster and veterinary care for them.

  • Greyhound Pets of America – MN

    PO Box 18312
    Minneapolis, MN 55418
    763.785.4000

    GPA-MN finds forever homes for ex-racing greyhounds. On the way to a permanent home, each greyhound lives with a foster family.

  • Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pets, MN Chapter

    Minnesota Chapter 32
    13821 Thomas Ave. S.
    Burnsville, MN 55337
    952.894.9264

    Supporting the military, veterans, and their beloved pets to ensure the pets are reunited with their owners following a deployment.

  • Happy Hound Rescue

    An all-breed rescue providing foster care to dogs on their way to forever homes.

  • Helping Paws

    630 12th Ave South
    Hopkins, MN 55343
    952.988.9359

    Furthering the independence of individuals with physical disabilities through the use of service dogs.

  • Home for Life

    P.O. Box 847
    Stillwater, MN 55082
    800.252.5918

    Providing lifetime care for cats and dogs with special needs who cannot find a home, yet can still lead a quality life.

  • Homeward Bound

    P.O. Box 1056
    Monticello, MN, 55362

    This no-kill dog rescue and placement organization uses foster families on the way to finding pets forever homes and also rescues cats and kittens.

  • Italian Greyhound Rescue of ND/MN

    218.329.6097

    This group’s goal is to help Iggies in need. They re-home Italian greyhounds, and also provide info on training and working with Iggies.

  • Kindest Cut

    763.489.7729

    In partnership with Animal Humane Society, Kindest Cut provides high quality, low cost spay/neuter services for pets of people in need through a mobile surgical unit traveling throughout the Twin Cities.

  • Lacy’s Legacy Scottie and Westie Rescue

    Maple Lake, MN

    Lacy's Legacy Scottie and Westie Rescue is dedicated to the care, protection and placement of Scottish and West Highland Terriers. The organization strives to provide breed education and health information to those interested in adopting a Scottie or Westie.

    Last Hope

    651-463-8747

    Dedicated to saving abandoned, unwanted and helpless animals from euthanasia, Last Hope finds forever homes for cats and dogs.

  • Luv-A-Chin Rescue

    St. Paul, MN

    507-641-4428

    A small, volunteer-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit rescue group whose passion and dedication is loyal to Japanese Chin and Japanese Chin mixes.

    Midwest Animal Rescue & Services (MARS)

    MARS is a dedicated and passionate group who rescues dogs and cats that are at risk and homeless through no fault of their own, as well as puppy mill rescues. Pets are fostered on their way to finding permanent homes.

  • Midwest Pug Rescue - Minnesota Division

    Providing a safe and loving sanctuary for abandoned, surrendered, stray and neglected pugs, this organization uses foster families for their dogs while finding them forever homes.

  • Minneapolis Animal Care & Control

    612.673.3000

    MACC is a state of the art animal shelter where officers handle 15,000+ field service calls and care for 3,500 animals annually. The organization adopts animals to the public, kennels for free for victims of domestic violence, educates children on bite prevention, and investigates animal cruelty cases. Minneapolis residents can buy their dog (or cat) pet license online, by calling 311, or in person at the animal shelter.

  • Minnesota Alliance for Family and Animal Safety

    A group of professionals and community members dedicated to working across organizations, communities and disciplines to bring an end to human-animal violence.

  • Minnesota Boston Terrier Club Rescue

    651.254.9874

    The purpose of the Minnesota Boston Terrier Club Rescue is to find permanent placements for Boston Terriers in need of homes. They use foster families for Bostons on their way to forever homes.

  • Minnesota Boxer Rescue

    PO Box 25773
    Woodbury, MN 55125
    763.647.3037

    The mission: rescue, rehabilitate and re-home unwanted and abandoned boxer dogs. This organization relies on foster families to care for boxers on their way to permanent homes.

  • Minnesota Greyhound Rescue

    651.455.1575

    Dedicated to finding responsible, loving homes for greyhounds no longer used in the racing industry.

  • Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare (MnPAW)

    MnPAW is a coalition of animal welfare organizations. They are committed to using their ideas, expertise and resources in a coordinated way so they can make a greater impact on reducing euthanasia of adoptable animals.

  • Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue (MPBR)

    Finding solid homes for solid dogs, MPBR uses foster families to care for unwanted or abandoned pit bulls on their way to forever homes.

  • Minnesota Sheltie Rescue

    P.O. Box 395
    Circle Pines, MN 55014-9998
    612.616.7477

    All of the shelties in the Minnesota Sheltie Rescue program are housed within foster homes while they await their forever homes.

  • Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program (MNSNAP)

    10000 Highway 55, Suite 300
    Plymouth, MN 55441
    612.720.8236

    MnSNAP provides high-quality, affordable, and accessible spay and neuter services to Minnesota shelters, rescue organizations, and the companion animals of the low-income community.

  • Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection

    P.O. Box 14492
    Minneapolis, MN 55414
    612.644.9176

    This coordinated network of Minnesotans believes animals should be treated humanely and shares a long-term vision of creating a powerful voting bloc for our animals.MVAP is nonpartisan and nonprofit, and working to protect Minnesota’s animals by promoting humane legislation and humane legislators in Minnesota.

  • Minnesota's Unwanted Siberian Husky Rescue (MUSHR)

    612.867.4013

    A foster-based rescue, MUSHR is committed to finding permanent, caring homes for Siberian huskies.

  • Mutts & More Animal Rescue

    St. Paul, MN

    651-408-5836

    A small, foster-based rescue organization, Mutts & More specializes in interim, compassionate care for senior dogs waiting to be adopted, as well as long-term palliative care for dogs nearing the end of life.

    No Dog Left Behind

    Brooklyn Center, MN

    612-354-6352

    This volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization’s mission is to find dogs their forever family; to speak for the abused, neglected, and abandoned; to educate adopters, reduce the number of homeless, and provide proper vet care; to save those that need saving.

    North Star Therapy Animals

    952-933-9955

    An all-volunteer organization, North Star Therapy Animals is comprised of registered therapy animal teams and individuals passionate about animal therapy and the benefits it brings to the community.

  • Northern Lights Greyhound Adoption

    Dedicated to finding responsible homes for retired racing greyhounds and educating the public about greyhounds as pets.

  • NorthStar Great Pyrenees Rescue of MN

    Committed to the fostering and adoption of the Great Pyrenees, as well as education about this majestic breed.

  • NorthStar Shih Tzu Rescue

    Tonka Bay, MN

    An all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to Shih Tzu and Shih Tzu blend dogs, NorthStar Shih Tzu Rescue operates as a no-kill rescue that provides rescue and adoption services as well as meaningful outreach programs.

    PNC Midwest Rescue

    Thief River Falls, MN

    PNC Midwest Rescue is a small rescue group made up of volunteers located throughout the Midwest area dedicated to the Pekingese.

    Pet Accolades

    PO Box 550181
    Minneapolis, MN 55458
    651.315.1166

    This organization trains and provides Service, Therapy and Companion dogs to veterans and other people with psychiatric disabilities and brain injuries.

  • Pet Haven

    P.O. Box 19105
    Minneapolis, MN 55419
    952.831.3825

    Pet Haven rescues and re-homes cats and dogs, spays and neuters to reduce overpopulation, promotes companion animal welfare, and advocates on behalf of companion animals.

  • The Pet Project

    P.O. Box 6857, Minneapolis, MN 55406
    PO Box 6857
    Minneapolis, MN 55406

    The Pet Project helps people keep their pets by providing pet food and basic supplies to those who are struggling, and also provides connections to basic vet care and information on finding pet-friendly housing.

  • Pet Project Rescue (PPR)

    PO Box 582861
    Minneapolis, MN 55458
    612.207.0602

    Bringing back homeless dogs from Isla Mujeres, Mexico, PPR also works with Animal Control locally to rescue and re-home dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. They use foster families on their way to finding pets loving and permanent homes.

  • Pets on Wheels

    Pets on Wheels strives to improve the quality of life for local home-bound seniors, nursing home and assisted living residents through pet visitation provided by volunteers and their loving pets.

  • R.E.A.D. Dogs Minnesota

    Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) focuses on improving children's reading skills through the assistance of registered therapy animal teams as literacy mentors.

  • Red Lake Rosie's Rescue (RLRR)

    Trail, MN

    A companion animal rescue on the Red Lake Reservation, RLRR also has a volunteer contingent in the Twin Cities to help with foster and transport.

    Rescued Pets Are Wonderful (RPAW)

    Anoka, MN

    763.757.8204

    A nonprofit group of volunteers dedicated to finding loving homes for rescued dogs and cats as well as educating the Twin Cities community about responsible pet ownership and overpopulation.

  • Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota (RAGOM)

    Minnetonka, MN

    952.946.8070

    RAGOM has been rescuing and re-homing golden retrievers since 1985. They use foster families for dogs on their way to finding permanent homes.

  • Ruff Start Rescue

    Ruff Start rescues animals from high-kill facilities, rehabilitates the sick, loves the unsocialized pets and maintains a 100% spay/neuter program. They use foster families for animals on their way to forever homes.

  • Safe Hands Rescue

    PO Box 19623
    Minneapolis, MN 55419-0623

    Safe Hands works to transport dogs and puppies from a high-kill shelter in KY. Once pups arrive in the Twin Cities, they live with foster families until loving, permanent homes are found.

  • Save-A-Bull Rescue

    Save-A-Bull Rescue is a foster-based non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of American Pit Bull Terriers and other Bull breeds.

  • Second Chance Animal Rescue

    P.O. Box 10533
    White Bear Lake, MN 55110-0533
    651.771.5662

    Dedicated to rescuing, caring for and placing homeless dogs and cats, this group uses foster families for animals on their way to forever homes.

  • Secondhand Hounds

    4336 Shady Oak Road
    Minnetonka, MN 55343

    This organization provides safe shelter and foster homes, proper veterinary care and daily necessities for animals at risk, while working hard to find each a permanent, loving home.

  • Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota

    P.O. Box 46562
    Eden Prairie, MN 55344

    This group’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home shih-tzu and shih-tzu mixes. They use foster care on their way to giving all their pooches a permanent and loving home.

  • Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota

    3853 Columbus Avenue
    Minneapolis, MN 55407

    Committed to the rescue, rehab and placement of dogs weighing 20 lbs. and less. They use foster volunteers to care for dogs on their way to a forever home.

  • Southern Star MinPin Rescue

    866.331.PINS

    Dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of Miniature Pinschers (minpins) of all ages.

  • Southwest Metro Animal Rescue & Adoption Society

    PO Box 493
    Chaska, MN 55318
    952O Box 493
    952.368.7297

    A foster-based group committed to the rescue and adoption of abandoned, abused and stray rescue animals.

  • Start Seeing Black Dogs

    This organization’s mission is to offer free marketing and P.R. resources to rescue groups and shelters in order to save more animal lives and fight Black Dog Syndrome.

  • Stillwater Area Dog Park

    952.353.2122

    Open to all dog lovers, this group invites you to join their mission of creating an off-leash dog park in the Stillwater area and to promote responsible dog ownership through community-based recreation and education.

  • TLC Canine Rescue

    P.O. Box 43563
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
    763.219.8764

    This foster-based, all-volunteer rescue is dedicated to rescuing, caring for, and finding loving permanent homes for area dogs in need. TLC is also proud to promote post-adoption training to make good canine citizens.

  • Top Dog Foundation

    5120 Vega Avenue
    Hollywood Township
    New Germany, MN 55367
    952.353.2122

    The foundation’s sanctuary provides a loving and permanent home for dogs that are deemed “un-adoptable” because of age and health, and would otherwise be unnecessarily euthanized.

  • Twin Cities Pet Rescue (TCPR)

    TCPR is a foster-based rescue organization. Dogs, puppies, cats and kittens that are rescued by Twin Cities Pet Rescue are placed in foster homes until they find their permanent homes.

  • Underdog Rescue

    P.O. Box 16453
    St. Louis Park, MN 55416
    952.929.0777

    Foster-based organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and placing "underdogs" in forever homes with focus on Pit Bulls and Puppy Mill survivors.

  • Upper Midwest Great Dane Rescue

    P.O. Box 2154
    Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
    763.210.1978

    Providing foster homes, medical treatment, and behavioral assessments to Great Danes in need of forever homes.

  • Wags & Whiskers Animal Rescue

    The mission of this foster-based group is to find forever homes for stray, abandoned and surrendered dogs in high-kill shelters.

  • Windmill Animal Rescue

    350 Main Street
    Elko New Market, MN 55054
    952.461.2765

    A shelter located in Elko New Market with a goal of helping all types of animals in need, both wild and domestic.