Rice County Humane Society Inc
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680 Professional Drive Northfield MN 55057 USA
Animal rescue, neutering and adoption. The mission statement is, we promote the value of animals through care and education.
We are a non-profit animal shelter in our 30th year of helping homeless animals in our community. We accept, care for, and find homes for dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and gerbils. Pets in need come to us through owner surrender, and also strays brought in by law enformement and citizens. We provide food, shelter, and medical care for these pets, and we then make them available for adoption. All of our animals are spayed or neutered, tested for common diseases, vacinnated, and microchipped prior to being adopted. We also provide referrals and services to help pet owners in crisis find solutions that help them keep their pets in their home. We educate pet owners in areas of responsible pet ownership, training, affordable veterinary care, & behavior issues. We also have a food shelf to assist pet owners in a financial crisis to feed their pets. We facilitate affordable spay/neuter programs in order to help reduce the pet overpopulation problem and therefore the number of homeless animals. We have a veterinarian who provides medical and surgical care for our pets, as well as kennel staff for daily animal care, and customer service staff to assist adopters in the selection of a pet that will fit into their life style. We match up adopters and pets with the goal of a permanent placement in mind. We will take the pet back at any time during it's lifetime if necessary. Pets on our adoption floor stay here until they find a home; there is no time limit. We have had animals stay with us for 2 days up to over 2 years. We also have approximately 60-70 adopters to assist with animal care and socialization, fundraising, & fostering of dogs, kittens, & animals with special medical needs. In 2014, we received 404 animals, and 80% of those were adopted out be the end of the year. We do occasionally euthanize animals for extreme & serious medical or behavioral issues; due to our programs listed above, our euthanasia rate has fallen dramatically over the past five years, from 13% in 2011 to less than 1% in 2014. We also faciliated the spay/neuter of 82 cats in 2014 through various clinics. We serve homeless animals 365 days a year. We are working to reduce pet overpopulation and homelessness, as well as promote and provide a healthy and safe environment for both people and pets in our community.
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