Rescues + Shelter Groups
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.
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, 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.
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 cares for adoptable animals in a comfortable, homelike shelter as the pets wait to be adopted.
Their mission: To create a modern system of animal protection in Minnesota through institutional and cultural changes.
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.
Dedicated to ending the suffering, abuse, and exploitation of non-human animals through information, education, and advocacy.
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.
Elk River, MN
A foster-based rescue dedicated to finding loving, permanent homes for Australian Shepherds.
This all-volunteer rescue serves MN, WI and Northern IL. They are committed to the rescue, foster and placement of basset hounds.
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.
2233 Hamline Avenue N.
Roseville, MN 55113
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
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.
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.
Gentle Touch Animal Sanctuary
4900 France Ave. N.
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
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
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
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
Supporting the military, veterans, and their beloved pets to ensure the pets are reunited with their owners following a deployment.
630 12th Ave South
Hopkins, MN 55343
Furthering the independence of individuals with physical disabilities through the use of service dogs.
Home for Life
P.O. Box 847
Stillwater, MN 55082
Providing lifetime care for cats and dogs with special needs who cannot find a home, yet can still lead a quality life.
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.
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.
Dedicated to saving abandoned, unwanted and helpless animals from euthanasia, Last Hope finds forever homes for cats and dogs.
St. Paul, MN
A small, volunteer-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit rescue group whose passion and dedication is loyal to Japanese Chin and Japanese Chin mixes.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
A foster-based rescue, MUSHR is committed to finding permanent, caring homes for Siberian huskies.
St. Paul, MN
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.
Brooklyn Center, MN
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.
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.
Dedicated to finding responsible homes for retired racing greyhounds and educating the public about greyhounds as pets.
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.
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.
PO Box 550181
Minneapolis, MN 55458
This organization trains and provides Service, Therapy and Companion dogs to veterans and other people with psychiatric disabilities and brain injuries.
P.O. Box 19105
Minneapolis, MN 55419
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Dedicated to rescuing, caring for and placing homeless dogs and cats, this group uses foster families for animals on their way to forever homes.
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
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
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
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.
Top Dog Foundation
5120 Vega Avenue
New Germany, MN 55367
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.
Windmill Animal Rescue
350 Main Street
Elko New Market, MN 55054
A shelter located in Elko New Market with a goal of helping all types of animals in need, both wild and domestic.