Paws and Claws receives no financial support from any government agencies to cover the costs incurred in providing for the animals under our care. Most of our operational expenses are supported by donations from members of the Rochester and surrounding communities. Without the generous support of these individuals and businesses, Paws and Claws would be unable to care for the animals that depend on us. Almost 80% of our operational budget goes directly to animal care.

You can donate specific items to Paws and Claws. View the list of items for donation

You can also make monetary donations by check or online.
Monetary donations can be mailed to our office, or dropped off during business hours. Please make your check payable to “Paws and Claws Humane Society.” Donations are tax deductible. Receipts will be issued for all donations over $250 and upon request for lesser amounts.  Donations can be made into any of the funds listed below, or for any other specific purpose, either in one’s own name or in honor or memory of another individual or pet. All honorary and memorial donations will be recognized in our newsletter.

Pet Walk 2020
The Pet Walk is one of our major fundraisers each year. Since we receive no government funding, we rely on events like this to support the almost 1500 pets we rescue each year. Please specify “Pet Walk 2020” on the memo line of your check or donate online through the button below.

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Emergency Care Fund
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for cats and dogs in our care to need extensive (and often expensive) medical treatment due to sickness or injury. This fund exists to provide medical care for life threatening conditions that may arise in any of our shelter animals, making it possible for us to save an animal’s life and to relieve pain and suffering. Please specify “Emergency Care Fund” on the memo line of your check or donate online through the button below.

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Spay/Neuter Fund
The purpose of this fund is to fight the significant problem of companion animal overpopulation by providing for the costs of spay and neuter procedures of cats and dogs sheltered at Paws and Claws. Additionally, this fund sometimes serves to help defray the expenses of spay and neuter procedures of animals belonging to those residents of Rochester and surrounding communities who have demonstrated an inability pay for these procedures on their own. Please specify “S/N Fund” or “Community Spay/neuter Fund” on the memo line of your check
or donate online through the button below.

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Guardian Angel Program
Some animals that come to Paws & Claws take months to recover physically and emotionally from the neglect or trauma they suffered before coming to us. Some require extra time to find a home compatible with their needs. The expenses associated with caring for our animals needing extra care, rehabilitation, or extended stays are often more than our budget allows. These animals deserve a second chance. The Guardian Angel program provides a way for you to contribute to the care and support of long term cats and dogs and to form a personal bond with our shelter animals. For just $10 a month, you can sponsor one of the many animals at our shelter. You will receive periodic pictures and information about your special animal. A new animal will be assigned to you when the one you are currently sponsoring is adopted. To join the Guardian Angel program, please fill out the Guardian Angel Enrollment Form.  

Please specify “Guardian Angel” on the memo line of your check or donate online through the button below.

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General Fund
This fund used is for any and all shelter related purposes. Money from the general fund goes towards everything from food and medical care for the animals, to paying the rent, utilities, and staff salaries.

Please specify “General Fund” on the memo line of your check or donate online through the button below.

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Be a Part of Paws and Claws Humane Society’s Future through Planned Giving
Please help Paws and Claws Humane Society create a lasting legacy for our animals through planned giving. Estate bequests of property (including real estate), annuities, pensions, IRA’s, and life insurance are a lasting way for you to invest in Paws and Claws’ future. Planned estate giving has significant tax benefits for both your estate and Paws and Claws. Your support of our animals will go on for generations. For more information on planned giving, please contact our shelter at 507-288-7226 or via email

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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