HISTORY

1974
-Marge Mourning began helping area unwanted animals by taking out a small ad in the local newspaper,
then finding new homes for those unclaimed.

1976
-Marge Mourning establishes Paws & Claws
-Rescued animals were all placed into caring foster homes
-100% volunteer staffed
-Paws and Claws funded by Membership dues and donations only

1979
-Paws and Claws Incorporated as a 501[c] [3] Nonprofit

1988
-Salem Corners Property purchased, [30 dogs in a kennel facility]

1989
-Marge Retires and new board formed

1990
-Office established on 1st Ave. SW (now City Market)
-Hired 1st paid staff (1 employee)
-Cats boarded at area kennels awaiting adoption
-Post Bulletin features weekly adoptable pet

1992
-Initiated free monthly spay/neuter programs with area Veterinarians

1994
-Cat Shelter moved to location south on 1st Avenue (near old KTTC bldg.)
-50 to 75 cats housed and cared for
-Initiated Active community education programs: schools, youth groups

1996
-Paws and Claws has Pet of the Week spot weekly on KTTC-TV
-Expanded Public education and public relations

1999
-Cat Shelter Expanded and moved to Eastwood Rd. Facility [65+ cats]
-Community Spay/Neuter Fund initiated and Guardian Angel Program Started

2001
-Dog Shelter moves to 7th Street location (old Cascade Clinic)
-Housed 40 – 45 dogs on site

2002
-Paws and Claws begins selling city animal license tags

2004
-New Strategic Plan created and implemented

2005
-Land donated to Paws and Claws for new building
-Hired first shelter manager

2006
-Consolidated Cat and Dog Shelters into the rented 7th Street Facility (both dogs and cats)

2007 – 2010
-Emphasis on Capital Campaign to raise funds to build a permanent new shelter

2011
-Board decides to build new 3 million dollar shelter on prime donated land.
-Board obtains mortgage
-Architect and Builder selected

2012
-Construction of new shelter begins at 3224 19th St NW

2013
-New shelter grand opening in July

2014 – 2015
-Number of adoptions increases to over 1000 per year

2016
-“Burn the Mortgage Campaign” begins

2017
-Entire Mortgage payed off.

2018
-Number of adoptions increases to over 1300 per year

Paws and Claws
3224 19th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 288-7226
Pet Viewing Hours
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 12:30 to 4:30 pm
Tuesday & Thursday 2 to 7 pm
Closed Sundays
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