All pet lovers delight in hearing the news that a rescued pet has found their forever home. Here in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, nonprofits and for-profits are working together to make that become a reality for more and more homeless animals.
Nonprofit pet rescues are mostly composed of volunteers, pet lovers who are working diligently to rescue the homeless animals. Not only do these rescues work to find homes, they also begin the physical and mental rehabilitation needed, allowing these rescued animals to move into their forever homes.
Many for-profit pet businesses have become an important component to the rescues. Now nonprofits and for-profits are commencing to partner up and work together to provide the medical care and food needed to care for the homeless animals. One way this is happening is by hosting events to get the pets in front of the pet-loving public. This helps the animals find foster and/or adoptive homes.
If you are new to pet rescue and want to learn more about foster care or adoption, there are many rescues in the Twin Cities and Minnesota that are happy to answer your questions and help you become involved. Organizations such as Underdog Rescue, The Pet Project Rescue and Animal Ark are always on the look out for committed, responsible volunteers.
Jim Hubal of Edina Reality is just one example of a for-profit reaching out to help the animals. For every home he sells, he gives $500 to a local pet rescue group. Urbanimal has a program which offers a 25% dicount on pet food to pet foster homes; Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet hosts an annual Pins for Pets event which benefits Minnesota’s Spay Neuter Assistance Program (MnSnap). MnSnap’s mission is “to end the suffering and death of homeless animals due to pet overpopulation by providing high-quality, affordable, and accessible spay and neuter services to Minnesota shelters, rescue organizations, and the companion animals of the low-income community”. Fetch Delivers recently donated 1,000 pounds of food to a local shelter. Solid Gold Northland is extremely active in supporting local events with product and/or attendance, as well as regularly sending food to Animal Ark.
Regardless of where you are in the United States, if you are a pet rescue organization, be sure to reach out to your local pet businesses. Many of these businesses are happy to help and will do what they can to help pets in need.
The Twin Cities of Minnesota has done an excellent job with non-profit and for-profits coming together to help homeless animals. When we work together as a group and community, we make a difference.
To the happiness and health of you & your pet,
Dawn Peterson Cobb
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