Beneficiary Organizations

In 2018, Pause 4 Paws is accepting applications for Beneficiary Organizations and Partners.  Applications are due on March 15th, 2018.  For more information and to get a copy of the application materials, please email

Pause 4 Paws currently supports 17 animal rescue organizations in Minnesota and a rescue in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Together, our Beneficiary Organizations have saved over 31,000 dogs and cats and spayed or neutered more than 21,000 animals since 2011.  Pause 4 Paws (P4P) raises and distributes funds that support these animal rescue programs’ efforts to:

Most animal rescues are small, volunteer-based community organizations that do not have staff available to spend time fundraising. P4P works on behalf of these organizations.

100% of the funds we distribute through Pause 4 Paws go directly to the support and care of the animals. 

The Adopt-A-Pet Shop

Located in Plymouth, MN

Phone: (763) 205-2832


S.O.S. Rescue Relief, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit relief organization dedicated to providing support to animal rescue groups, shelters and sanctuaries. One of our main goals is to help rescued animals and their organizations find homes and reduce the unnecessary euthanasia of healthy, adoptable pets. At our flagship retail adoption center, The Adopt-A-Pet Shop in Plymouth, MN, rescue groups are invited to display companion animals in our friendly and inviting public adoption venue. We also plan to offer other support services in the future, including: Spay/Neuter events; socialization assistance; expert-led training workshops; a database of on-call volunteers and multi –group adoption fairs and fundraisers. Animal sanctuaries, shelters and rescue groups are doing incredible, life-saving work and we’re proud to support their efforts!

Angel of Hope Animal Rescue

Located in Anoka, MN
Phone: (763) 445-0717

Angel of Hope Animal Rescue is a foster-focused organization that also utilizes our building to house felines needing to be properly vetted prior to being available for adoption. We are dedicated to rescuing, providing loving care and appropriate vet care to homeless and abandoned animals. Our goal is to match these animals with quality, forever homes, one animal at a time. We will help the adopter understand each pet's personality to determine the best fit for their family. We believe all animals deserve a loving and healthy life.

Angel of Hope works with cats and dogs from animal controls, shelters, rescue partners and owner surrenders. We blend fostering and sheltering of our foster pets depending on their needs while they get ready for adoption. Prior to adoption pets are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccines, cats are tested for feline leukemia, and dogs are tested for heartworm. We are a limited intake organization; we look at capacity to care for any pet coming into our program. At adoption we can help you determine if the pet is a good fit for your home and family. We will share their personalities and quirks with you to help you decide. 

We have an amazing group of foster moms that are committed to helping the tiniest kittens and puppies survive. These orphans require 24 hour round the clock care. These fosters have handled over 1000 bottle fed kittens and puppies, our experience helps these little ones thrive.  Angel of Hope began helping cats and kittens in 2003, fourteen years later we are still growing and helping more dogs and cats find forever homes each year. Stop by our next adoption event and meet your new best friend!

A Rotta Love Plus

Located in Golden Valley, MN

Phone: (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.

We are an uncompensated volunteer organization that relies on the generous donation of time, talent, and loving homes from our supporters. We rely on, and are totally funded by, donations from the community to cover veterinary expenses, food, crates and other needs.


Located in St. Paul, MN

Phone: 651-554-9284

B.A.R.K. (Being Advocates for Rescued K-9′s) is a 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue founded in April of 2009 and is run solely by volunteers and public donations. B.A.R.K. is a group that prides itself in being “All Breeds, All Needs” and will take in any dog (and occasionally other species) regardless of the breed, age, size, temperament, or location as long as there is a foster home willing to commit to saving and nurturing that dog until they are adopted into a forever home. The majority of our animals are saved from local shelters that employ euthanasia as a means to control the number of animals in their care. B.A.R.K. believes that all lives are precious and worthy of safety, love, and respect!

Once rescued, the B.A.R.K. dogs are never placed back into boarding situations and always go into a foster home and live as part of the family for as long as it takes to get adopted. Every rescued animal is examined by a vet as soon as possible, and no animal will be adopted without being spayed or neutered. A contract and reasonable adoption fee does apply with each dog to help offset the cost of their healthcare.

Doberman Rescue Minnesota

Located in Minneapolis, MN

Phone: 651-256-2294 


Doberman Rescue Minnesota (DRM) is an all volunteer, nonprofit 501C3, charitable organization founded in 2001. DRM is dedicated to saving, rehabilitating and re-homing Dobermans, and educating people about the Doberman breed. Dobermans in our program are never kenneled and live in private homes with foster families who evaluate the Doberman for temperament and behavior traits so we can make recommendations on the best type of home for our dogs. We strive to find the best possible home for all Dobermans that come into our adoption program. Doberman Rescue Minnesota volunteers are all Doberman owners or people who have an interest in this special breed. We care as much about the quality of life for all Dobermans in our program as we do our own dogs.

Fur-Ever Home Rescue

Located in Blaine, MN

Phone: (651) 707-4701


Fur-Ever Home Rescue has devoted its energy to passionately advocating for and rescuing local animals with urgent medical needs, behavior cases - animals that needed a little more effort than the majority.  We have stayed true to that vision while keeping quality medical and behavioral care our number one priority.  Over the last three years we have continued to grow and save the lives of at risk animals.

​By blending our individual rescue mission with our new Outreach Program, we are able to take the harder cases into our program while temporarily housing at risk dogs and cats at the Healing Haven until appropriate rescue is located.  This approach will allow us, as a community, to save more local animals that truly need our help.

Great Dane Rescue of Minnesota

Located in Siren, Wisonsin
Phone: (715) 222-4848

GDROMN is a volunteer based group of individuals with a common goal, the health and welfare of unwanted Great Danes. The purpose of this corporation is to identify Great Dane Dogs in need of rescue and re homing, transport such dogs to approved foster homes, foster such dogs until appropriate homes are found for them, place such dogs in appropriate homes, and educate the public as to the needs and nature of Great Dane Dogs.

The Lake Traverse Animal Rezcue

Located in Sisseton, South Dakota

Phone: (605) 742-0219


The Lake Traverse Animal Rezcue’s mission is to improve the quality of life for animals on the Lake Traverse Reservation, which is located on the South Dakota/Minnesota border. This includes rescuing unwanted, abused and neglected animals, providing emergency vet care, fostering and transporting these animals to other rescue groups for rehoming. The majority of our animals go to rescue groups in the Twin Cities, but we also have rescue partners in South Dakota, North Dakota and Ontario, Canada. For animals that will remain on the reservation, we provide free spay/neuter and vaccination clinics, provide educational resources to animal owners, and advocate for tribal laws that will better protect animals. The Lake Traverse Animal Rescue is an all-volunteer based 501c3 non-profit rescue group. Since we don’t do adoptions ourselves, all of our income is generated through donations and fundraising.

Leech Lake Legacy

Located in Leech Lake, MN

Phone: 866-534-2293


Leech Lake Legacy began with the efforts of one woman who found a stray dog while fishing in Cass Lake and attempted to find its owner. While trying to find its owner, she discovered that Leech Lake Reservation had no programs in place to help abandoned or unwanted animals which meant most of the animals brought into the Leech Lake Impound Facility never made it out. What began as one woman wanting to help a stray dog has grown into a collaborative effort to help all of the unwanted or abandoned dogs and cats on the Reservation and provide programs and resources for pet owners of Leech Lake Reservation. From May 2011 (when these efforts began) through July 2013, we have rescued more than 1,700 animals from the Reservation. Leech Lake Legacy also sponsors several spay and neuter clinics each year.

Almost every weekend, the impounded dogs and cats are transported to Minneapolis, Duluth or St. Cloud where they are taken in by various rescues and shelters with whom we have partnered. Some of these partners are members of the animal welfare coalition, MnPAW (Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare). Many of the animals brought into the impound are starving, dehydrated and tick-infested. Many of them also have injuries or broken bones. The amazing organizations we work with take in these animals, nurse them back to health, and place them up for adoption.

Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue

Phone: 612.869.0480


Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue is a multi-state, all-volunteer organization dedicated to finding permanent, loving homes for homeless and surrendered Collies. We provide foster home-based care, veterinary care, and ultimately adoption to the most appropriate permanent home, based on the needs of the Collie and the adoptive family. Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue was established ten years ago and places over 100 Collies a year in loving homes. Our goal is to provide new hope and new homes for Collies in need.

MN Paws

Located in Minneapolis, MN

Contact MN Paws

The Minnesota Progressive Animal Welfare Society (MN Paws) is an all-volunteer based dog rescue organization created by three women in the veterinary field. Our mission includes the rescue and re-homing of shelter dogs from specific targeted shelters who would otherwise have little chance of adoption, spay/neuter initiatives in the community of our targeted shelters, working to provide funding to improve the conditions in our targeted shelters, and the eventual goal of providing low-cost veterinary care to people in need in the Twin Cities.

Morrison County Animal Humane Society

Located in Little Falls, MN

Phone: (320) 632-0703

The Morrison County Animal Humane Society (MCAHS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the humane protection of homeless animals of Morrison County, Minnesota and surrounding areas. MCAHS operates a small shelter in Little Falls, Minnesota that first opened in the fall of 1995. Some of the services offered at MCAHS are adoptions of homeless animals to people seeking life long companions; impounding of strays from the city of Little Falls and surrounding cities and townships; low cost spay/neuter services; reunion of lost pets with owners; and education on appropriate pet care and ownership.

Northwest Minnesota Aussie Rescue

Located in Ada, MN


We are Northwest Minnesota Aussie Rescue. We work in conjunction with Aussie Rescue of Minnesota. Brenda Mikkelsen and Feitze (Phil) DeVries are owners/managers of NWMNAR, and the Aussies make up our organization as well. We are located in the township of Ada, MN and have a six-acre ranchette to dedicate our extra time to the rescue of Australian Shepherds in need.

We specialize in finding forever homes for Australian Shepherds and a few other breeds and crosses that are in need for whatever reason. We are non-profit and solely work out of our own pockets and or what comes in from an adoption fee. Both of us work full time in career jobs, and work the rest of the time with the rescue.

Why wouldn’t you want to do it? When you know deep down inside when you look into that special dog’s eyes and know you saved his life, and he looks back at you, it’s almost like they too know they were spared and are being given a second chance! It’s not “just a dog.” It’s a life that is willing to supply unconditional love when given that second chance.

Pet Project Rescue

Located in Minneapolis, MN


Pet Project Rescue (PPR) is a Minnesota based, non-profit organization that specializes in foster-based hospice care for terminally ill MN dogs and cats, and spay/neuter programming. PPR's mission is to be the solution to companion animal overpopulation & homelessness from Minnesota to Mexico.

In an effort to provide a comfortable and dignified life for animals that are generally seen as un-adoptable, PPR created a hospice program in 2010 that focuses on providing foster homes for terminally ill animals that are rescued from high-kill shelters in Minnesota. Because of the hospice program, the animals are able to have a loving family in their last days and can pass with the respect and dignity every living being deserves.

In addition to hospice animal rescue, PPR is focused on reducing the homeless-animal population at its source by providing spay/neuter services for animals both in our local community and in Mexico.  PPR believes that all animals deserve a loving and healthy life.  In order to fully provide for animals in need, PPR is run almost entirely by volunteers who dedicate time and energy to help animals in our community and beyond. Pet Project Rescue has been a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit since 2008.

Puro Gato

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puro Gato works to promote spay/neutering among a large community of stray cats in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  The organization is dedicated to getting cats and kittens off of the street and promoting rescue and adoption of the animals.  All of the kittens are spay/neutered and receive vaccinations and deworming.  Puro Gato is working to find forever homes for as many cats and kittens as possible. 

Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue

Located in Red Lake, MN

Phone: (218) 268-4477


Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue (RLRR) is a companion animal rescue and shelter located on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northwestern Minnesota. Karen Good began the rescue with a mission to decrease the overpopulation of dogs and cats and the resulting homelessness, disease, malnutrition, and abuse, which has remained unchecked for generations on the reservation.

Rosie’s provides food, housing, medical care, and spay/neuter for the rescued animals at the shelter; transports them to foster homes in the Cities; holds free spay/neuter clinics for community animals; and provides humane education to the Red Lake reservation residents.

Rescued Tails Animal Sanctuary

Located in Shell Lake, Wisconsin

Phone: (715) 468-7784


Rescued Tails Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing, caring for and placing homeless animals. Some of the animals that come to Rescued Tails Animal Sanctuary are older, sick or have suffered severe neglect or cruelty. We value the life of each companion animal and provide a permanent safe haven for animals as needed. At the sanctuary we work to rehabilitate companion animals that need additional time and training, and then attempt to place these animal in appropriate homes. If we should ever place an animal that is not succeeding in a home environment, then we will gladly take that animal into our hearts and care for them here at the sanctuary.

Ruff Start Rescue

Located in Princeton, MN

Phone: (763) 355-3981


Ruff Start Rescue is a no-kill dog and cat rescue organization in Central Minnesota. Our rescue is composed solely of volunteers who love animals. We rescue stray, neglected, abandoned, and surrendered dogs and cats and work very hard to place them in new loving homes. Rescuing animals is not only our passion but also our second nature; we live it, we love it, and we rock it!