Founded in 1952, Pet Haven is proud to be Minnesota’s first foster-based animal rescue organization.

Pet Haven is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (EIN 41-6040860) incorporated and registered in the state of Minnesota. We are Minnesota’s oldest foster-based animal rescue, committed to providing high quality care to the dogs and cats we welcome into our foster homes.

Our Mission

Pet Haven rescues and re-homes dogs and cats, spays and neuters to reduce overpopulation, promotes companion animal welfare, and advocates on behalf of companion animals.

Our Vision

  • Find quality homes for each animal in our care
  • Encourage a community of responsible companion animal guardians
  • Advance the value of companion animals in our society
  • Eliminate the community’s need to euthanize dogs and cats as a means of population control through implementation and advocacy of spay/neuter procedures
  • Be a rewarding place to volunteer

What We Do

Pet Haven is a foster-based rescue dedicated to helping homeless dogs and cats find new homes with loving families. With in-home fostering, each dog and cat lives with a foster family until they are matched with their forever family. This allows us to learn about each animal’s specific needs and temperaments – such as personality traits, likes and dislikes, medical needs, and training tips. With this first-hand information, we can match the right family to each dog and cat and provide adoptive families with essential information before bringing home their newest family member.

We provide all basic needs for animals in our care, including proper food, veterinary care, behavior training, and supplies such as kennels and leashes. In addition, please note the following:

  • We spay/neuter prior to adoption.
  • We do not euthanize animals unless they have an untreatable health or behavioral condition that denies them an acceptable quality of life or makes them a serious threat to people, other animals, or themselves.

Pet Haven also provides education to the public on responsible companion animal care. Our volunteers are committed to representing respect for animals in any situation – for example, when working with prospective new families, meeting people at public events, and socializing with friends and family. We encourage others to view and treat their pets as members of the family. We are their guardians, and they depend on us for our companionship and care.

How We Operate

Pet Haven relies solely upon adoption fees, tax-deductible donations, and special events to keep our rescue operating. Our Executive Director, Board of Directors, and volunteers have provided the passion, commitment, and dedication to keep Pet Haven a safe haven for animals for more than 60 years.

We are committed to preventing pet homelessness through the SNIP Grant. Since 2005, Pet Haven has granted more than $200,000 to organizations in Minnesota to support spay/neuter initiatives.