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Looking for a new best pal? They might be waiting for you at one of these animal rescue organizations. You could be a pet's second chance!

Bat World Sanctuary

217 N. Oak Ave. Mineral Wells, TX 76067 612-926-2882 651-699-4385 Email: In a world where so many look away, Bat World Sanctuary has been on the front line of activism to end the abuse and destruction of bats. Bats are among the most beautiful and gentle animals on earth. They are vital to the ecosystem and enhance our lives in many ways. Insect eating bats eat millions of bugs nightly, and fruit bats bring us approximately 450 commercial products. Yet for all they do, bats are continually killed due to myths, superstition and fear. Bat World Sanctuary has been recognized as the world leader in bat rehabilitation for the past decade. Each year we rescue thousands of bats that might otherwise die. Lifetime sanctuary is given to non-releasable bats, including those that are orphaned, injured, confiscated from the illegal pet trade and retired from zoos and research facilities. Bat World Sanctuary was founded in 1994 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Midwest Avian Adoption and Rescue Services (MAARS)

PO Box 821 Stillwater, MN 55082 651-275-0568 Email: MAARS is the oldest and largest organization in the Midwest providing education and consultations, surrender, rescue, sanctuary placement, and adoption services for our avian friends. The Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and other Volunteers of MAARS have extensive experience working with exotic and indigenous birds of many species. We are a no-kill, non-profit organization funded solely through adoption fees and donations. MAARS' first function is to educate the public and people who already live with birds about proper bird care. We feel that education about bird care and behavior helps people to provide the best homes possible for the birds already in captivity. Our second function is to accept and rescue surrendered, abandoned, neglected, and abused parrots and other captive exotic birds for health care, behavioral therapy, and placement in a new home or sanctuary.


Caring for Cats, Inc.

2141 Division Street North St. Paul, MN 55109 651-407-8485 Email: Web Site: ​ Caring for Cats is a non-profit, no-kill shelter and foster network for cats and kittens.

In The Company of Ferrets

PO Box 854 Stillwater, MN 55082 Nancy: 651-458-8061 Laura: 651-439-5209 Email: We started "rescuing" ferrets who needed a home in the St. Croix Valley in 1995. By March 1996, our intake had reached a volume making it necessary to go beyond being a rescue and becoming an actual shelter. When a national pet store chain moved into the metro area in 1997 and flooded the area with little fur angels, our intake increased over 400%, as did the phone calls from newbie "furkid" owners looking for help because their furkids weren't quite the "just like a kitten or a puppy" the pet store people had said they would be. In 2002 we got a 501(c)(3) and became an officially recognized non-profit organization. Several educational programs were instituted under our "Ferret Support Network" in an effort to meet the needs of an increasing population of ferret owners with little or no knowledge of how to properly care for these unique critters. Ferrets are wonderful pets and those of us who live "in the Company of Ferrets" can't imagine life without them. They aren't, however, the right pet for everyone, as is obvious by the numbers that find their way to our doors.

Chicken Run Rescue

Minneapolis, MN 55411 612-521-9921 Email: Every year, domestic fowl, mostly chickens, are impounded by Minneapolis Animal Control (MAC). These birds are victims of neglect, abuse and abandonment, sometimes used as a source of eggs or intended for slaughter, fighting or ritual sacrifice. Some are the discarded outcome of "nature lessons" for children or after a hobby that no longer holds interest. After their release from MAC, Chicken Run provides the birds with temporary shelter and vet care, locates and screens adopters and transports the birds to their new homes. There is a special need for rooster homes. CRR has sucessfully placed all of over 149 birds.

Feline Rescue, Inc.

593 Fairview Ave N St. Paul, MN 55104-1708 651-642-5900 Email: Feline Rescue is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Our primary goal is to provide shelter and care for stray, abused and abandoned cats until they are adopted into suitable homes. Feline Rescue has no paid staff. We promote positive community interaction through education, spay/neuter programs and other activities that enable all people to enjoy the friendship of cats.

Cause For Paws

PO Box 130472 Roseville, MN 55108 952-259-1483 Email: Cause for Paws is a Minnesota nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1998. It is a small all-volunteer group of friends who love cats. Our main focus is helping stray and abandoned cats and kittens find loving, permanent homes. These are the cats and kittens one would find at many animal control facilities; discarded pets who had been doing their best to survive outside, hanging around neighborhoods and city parks. Cause for Paws assists approximately 200 cats a year and its work is entirely funded by donations.

Paula's Pigdom

Roseville, MN 55113 Email: We are an "in home" rescue that will take in guinea pigs in need (mainly from shelters and animal control as they are in jeopardy of being euthanized), and find them an ideal home to live out their lives in. We have been adopting guinea pigs to homes for a little over a year. We hope to find ideal homes for all of our adoptables. We will not consider adopting to breeders. If you intend to breed please read everything you can on pregnancy. The chance of losing the litter and the sow are great. We will not let that happen to any sow that leaves here. Go elsewhere if breeding is your intent.

Twin Cities Guinea Pig Rescue (TCGPR)

St. Paul, MN 55118 651-335-0158 Email: We are a small in-home rescue located ten minutes south of Saint Paul, MN. TCGPR is excited to be able to help the many homeless guinea pigs in MN and equally excited to help them find wonderful homes. We do education outreach! To learn more about our educational opportunities give us a call.

Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation

26419 146th Street Zimmerman, MN 55398 763-856-3119 Email: For the past twelve years, the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation (formerly the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Station) in Zimmerman, Minnesota has been rescuing and restoring the health of horses and other animals in distress. Just as dozens of humane societies offer dogs and cats a second chance at a loving home, our foundation finds permanent, caring adoptive homes for horses. Some of our horses are young and sound. Others are injured, ill due to extreme neglect, starved, or simply very old. Each year, we rescue as many horses as we possibly can. But for every horse we help, there are dozens we must pass up because the cost of caring for abused and neglected horses is so high. You can help. Since our foundation is a non-profit (501C-3) corporation, donations made are tax deductible. We can also accept gifts-in-kind. You may also make a stock gift o the foundation and get a full deduction - along with avoiding capital gains taxes.

Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society

PO Box 390691 Edina, MN 55439 651-768-9755 Email:​ Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society (MCRS) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of companion rabbits. MCRS is entirely supported by donations and memberships. Our mission 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) and 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. We teach "bunny parent" classes, train shelter staff, offer bunny tune-ups, maintain a phone and email hotline so that people can contact us with questions or problems, and generally try to help keep rabbits and their human companions living happily together.

Raptor Center

College of Veterinary Medicine University of Minnesota 1920 Fitch Ave. St. Paul, MN 55108 612-624-4745 Email: Established in 1974, The Raptor Center specializes in the medical care, rehabilitation, and conservation of eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons. In addition to treating approximately 800 birds a year, the internationally known program reaches more than 240,000 people each year through public education programs and events, provides training in raptor medicine and surgery for veterinarians from around the world, and identifies emerging issues related to raptor health and populations. The majority of its funding comes from private donations.

Wildcat Sanctuary

PO Box 314 Sandstone, MN 55072 320-245-6871 Email:​ The Wildcat Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill sanctuary, committed to providing permanent homes for captive wildcats. We're funded by public contributions and receive no state or federal funding. We are the only accredited big cat sanctuary in the upper Midwest and are accredited by both American Sanctuary Association (ASA) and The Association of Sanctuaries (TAOS). Being accredited means TWS meets strict standards of care and safety. Many organizations veil themselves as sanctuaries, when in fact, they breed and sell for profit. These facilities focus on profit and the animal's welfare is secondary. At TWS, there is no breeding, selling or exhibiting. We simply provide a safe haven for the wild at heart.


Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota

2530 Dale St. N. Roseville, MN 55113 651-486-9453 Email:​ The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRC) is an emergency hospital and clinic that provides free medical care for more than 170 different species of injured and orphaned wild animals. WRC also provides education for other rehabbers and for people to learn about the environment and respect for wild animals. It was established in 1979 by a group of veterinary students at the University of Minnesota, and today is an independent, non-profit organization funded entirely by support from people, like you, who care about the environment and the wild animals in our midst. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is one of the largest of its kind in the nation and treats 75% of wildlife rehabilitated in Minnesota. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is the primary resource in Minnesota for veterinarians, conservation and animal control officers, police departments and the public. We operate under licenses from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. We are located in Roseville next to the Harriet Alexander Nature Center. The center has a staff of 14 and over 400 volunteers that care for, rehabilitate and release wildlife. The WRC treats over 8,000 injured and orphaned wildlife each year.

Wildlife Science Center

651-464-3993 Email:​ The Wildlife Science Center is a nationally recognized education and research facility. It is an independent nonprofit organization that is currently located on the grounds of the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area in Forest Lake, MN, an expansive natural habitat just 40 minutes from downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul. The Center's mission is: to serve as an educational resource for all ages by providing exposure to wild animals and the body of knowledge generated for their conservation.; To advance understanding of wild animal biology through long-term, humane scientific studies on captive populations thus contributing to species conservation and maintenance in the wild and in captivity; and To provide unique scientific and technical training for wildlife agencies, educational institutions and conservation agencies. The Wildlife Science Center is an independent non-profit organization established in 1991 after a 15-year history as a federally funded wolf research center, the "Wolf Project." When the federal funds ended, some of the existing staff chose to assume financial responsibility for the 30+ wolves living here at the time. Staff increased in number, and the diversity of the animal collection expanded to include black bears, raptors, bobcats, gray fox, red wolves, and Mexican gray wolves. After significant capital improvements, WSC opened its doors to the public for educational programs in 1994. Since then, WSC has seen its annual audience grow from several hundred to over 25,000.

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