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Companion Animals - Adoption & Rescue

The Minnesota Humane Society does not operate a shelter, but works closely with no-kill rescue organizations.  We recommend you consider only adopting from, or surrendering an animal to, a no-kill organization.  Contact numbers for metro area no-kill organizations are listed below.  Placing an animal with a no-kill organization gives you the peace of mind that the animal will not be killed, but will find another home.  County humane societies and animal control facilities are flooded with animals and often put 50% of the incoming animals to sleep.  The situation is much worse for cats, older animals, or any animal with a health or behavior problem. 

Adopting from a no-kill organization is important because they do not put animals to sleep, and they can only rescue more when they adopt out the ones they have.  Also, the animals available for adoption have been checked by a veterinarian, are current on their vaccinations, and have been spayed and neutered.  These rescue organizations have a wide variety of animals—young to old, purebred to mixed breeds, and small to large.

If you want to find another home for your animal because of behavior problems, we urge you to contact an animal behavior specialist for assistance.  Most behavior problems can be eliminated when properly addressed.


Click here for animal behavior and dog obedience information.



Twin Cities Metro Area No-Kill Organizations For Cats & Dogs


(651) 438-9195

Animal Relief Fund

(612) 521-3767

Caring For Cats

(651) 407-8485

Rainbow Rescue

(952) 440-3824

Homeward Bound

(763) 295-3116

Adopt A Pet

(763) 682-9204

Cause For Paws

(612) 259-1483

Best Friends

(952) 953-7387

A Rotta Love Plus, Rottweiler & Pit Bull Rescue

(651) 649-4451

Home For Life

(800) 252-5918

Pet Haven

(952) 831-3825

Last Hope

(651) 463-8747

Feline Rescue

(651) 642-5900

Second Chance

(651) 771-5662

St. Francis Animal Rescue

(651) 462-2144

K-9 Rescue

(952) 985-3423

Lucky Dog Rescue

(763) 560-6854

Retrieve A Golden, Golden Retriever Rescue

(952) 946-8070

Gemini Rots Rescue & Sanctuary (Rottweiler & Pit Bull Rescue)

(320) 598-3087




Twin Cities Metro Area No-Kill Organizations For Animals Other Than Cats & Dogs

Guinea Pig Rescue


(763) 444-6270

Midwest Avian & Adoption
Rescue for Birds

(651) 275-0568

In The Company Of Ferrets

(651) 439-5209

Hoofed Animal Rescue

(763) 856-3119


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