Our Mission

The Paws & Claws Mission is to:

  • Promote and provide humane protection and shelter for abandoned or lost companion animals.
  • Seek adoptive homes for companion animals under our protective care.
  • Provide public education regarding the societal problem of animal overpopulation.
  • Promote the principles of responsible companion animal care.
  • Advocate the spaying and neutering of all companion animals.

Our Vision

Paws & Claws will be the animal shelter of choice in southeast Minnesota by being the acknowledged leader in:

  • Rescue and Care of Abandoned Animals
  • Enhancing the Quality of Life for Individuals and Families Through the Adoption of Companion Animals
  • Health and Animal Care Education
  • Partners with the Community
  • Ease of Access


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 2 to 7 pm
Closed Sundays

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