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Fun Facts

  • We have served Southern Minnesota for over 40 years.
  • We are the largest and newest shelter in the eight surrounding counties.
  • We do not limit the length of stay for the animals in our care.
  • We are funded by donations, fundraising events, and modest adoption fees.
  • We currently have nearly 900 dues paying members.
  • Our community fund helps pay for the spaying and neutering of companion animals for those who cannot afford it.
  • We give over 100 tours and presentations annually, educating the public [including over 400 children] about proper animal care and the importance of spaying and neutering companion animals to help control the pet population in Southern Minnesota.
  • Many families that participate in the Guardian Angel Program [sponsoring animals] each month.
  • We will take in an injured animal and get the emergency medical care that it requires.
  • Local veterinarians help Paws and Claws by providing over 145 free spay or neuters each year.
  • In a typical year, we facilitate adoptions and provide care for over 1300 dogs and cats.


With donations from generous people like you, thousands of animals have a second chance at life! Make a difference in the life of an animal by donating today. Donations are tax deductible.

Contact Information

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 2pm to 7 pm
Closed Sundays

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