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; and, advocate the spaying and neutering of all companion animals. Paws & claws does not euthanize except on the advice of a veterinarian in the case of critical injury, terminal illness, debilitating pain, or severe behavioral problems in which the animal is a danger to themselves, other animals or humans. Paws & claws will be the animal shelter of choice in southeast minnesota by being the acknowledged leader in the rescue and care of abandoned animals; enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families through the adoption of companion animals; providing health and animal care education; partnering with the community; and providing ease of access.
Programs: Maintain one leased facility in order to provide food, shelter, and veterinarian care for lost, abandoned, and unwanted animals in olmsted and adjacent counties. Services include an adoption placement service for matching lost and found animals, and a service for owners to find new homes for animals they can no longer keep. In the current year, 876 animals were adopted with another 85 either returned to owner or transferred to other rescues. 20 animals either died while under care or were euthanized. The shelter operates at capacity with an average of 140 animals in our care each month. We maintain a staff consisting of 28 full and part-time employees, as well as many volunteers who handle day-to-day operations.
public information and education is provided via social media, a quarterly newsletter, monthly adoption booths at local businesses, presentations at schools, weekly public information segment on local tv, giving tours at our shelter to people of all ages, and at fund-raising events which are open to the public. Educational packets and handouts are provided to adopters and the public. A community assistance neuter/spay program is also available.