Paws & Claws Humane Society

Paws & Claws Humane Society

Cats up for Adoption

Dogs up for Adoption

All our Dogs & Cats up for Adoption

Click here to see our Happy Tails!

Patented Kuranda Dog Beds We have chosen Kuranda dog beds for our boarding facilities because they are so good for our dogs. We still don't have enough for all of our kennels. If you would like to donate a bed so another dog can sleep in proper comfort, please click here.
Emergency Care Fund
Why Donate to the Emergency Care Fund?

The Emergency Care Fund provides us with the resources to pay for medical treatment for animals with critical injuries or illness. Please click on the link above to learn more about how you can help.

If you'd like to donate to the Emergency Care Fund, you are welcome to use our online donation form. Please indicate Emergency Care Fund" in the Special Instructions box.

Our Mission

The Paws & Claws Mission is to: 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 problem in which the animal is a danger to themselves, other animals or humans.
About Our Organization

The Paws & Claws Humane Society (PCHS) of Rochester, Minnesota does not receive money from government agencies to help meet expenses for the shelter and care of companion animals in need of happy homes. Instead, PCHS relies on donations from concerned individuals for much of its operating revenue.

That's why it is so important that PCHS keeps its membership ranks strong. Are you a member of PCHS? Do you know of a friend or family member who would like to join?

Interested in becoming a volunteer?

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Adopting a friend

Adoption Procedures

We are so glad you are using our website to take a first look at the animals available for adoption!

We have many wonderful dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens ready for new homes. But remember that each companion animal has a unique personality that cannot be experienced over the Internet. We ask that every potential adopter meet the animal in person before applying to adopt.

We believe in letting you and the animal you are interested in get to know each other a little before taking the step of becoming a family. That puppy or kitten will be much happier about going home with you if he's gotten to know you a little first! Also, although we work hard to keep our website up-to-date, there may already be an application on that animal or he may even have been adopted in the last day or two -- but we might have another young or adult pet at the shelter that you would also fall in love with once you meet him or her!

Once you've met with the animal and are ready to sign on for a new best friend, our staff will help you fill out a questionnaire that asks about your living situation, current and previous pets, and reasons for adopting.

If you are in a rental situation or live within a community association, you'll need to provide the name and phone number of your landlord or association head. We'll also ask for the name of your current and/or previous vet clinic. If some members of your household have not been to the shelter yet, you'll be asked to bring them to interact with the animal.

Your questionnaire will be reviewed by an adoption counselor experienced with adoption placement. That counselor will contact your landlord, if you have one, and may contact your veterinarian to verify information, although that is not routine unless you live in a different state or are in another region of Minnesota.

After that, the counselor will call to visit a little with you. This is your chance to ask questions that you thought of after leaving the shelter! The adoption counselor may ask you some questions, too, and may have suggestions to ease the pet's transition from the shelter to your home.

You may decide after consulting with the adoption counselor that this animal is not right for you or that you are not really ready to have a pet in your home. That's okay! Also, the adoption counselor may not feel that the adoption is in the best interest of the animal or that there is not a good opportunity for a successful long-term placement, in which case she will deny the adoption and explain her concerns. Please remember that none of this is meant to feel invasive, and all personal information is kept private. We follow this process only to help you be successful when you bring a new lifetime family member into your home!

After you visit with our adoption counselor, we will set up an appointment to complete an adoption contract and give you copies of the animal's health records. Ideally, we'll be able to arrange the appointment during our office hours so that our office staff can do the paperwork with you, but we have kennel staff members who can try to accommodate your schedule for evening or weekend appointments if necessary. After you complete the contract and pay the adoption fee, you can bring your new pet home.

To Find A Good Home

Part of our mission is to re-home our sheltered dogs and cats, and PCHS is committed to providing good "matches" for them.

It is sad to see wonderful animals waiting in cages, but it is also important that a new owner be a responsible guardian. In fact, the Humane Society of the United States has asked member humane societies, like Paws & Claws, to establish criteria that help ensure the placement of companions into quality long-term homes. As a result, PCHS has implemented guidelines for placement, taking recommendations set forth by many organizations, including HSUS, the ASPCA, and North Shore Animal League. We want our community to understand these guidelines and our adoption process.

Every animal in our care is evaluated to determine any placement restrictions. For example, a cat may be too shy to be in an active home, or a dog might need a fenced yard due to a tendency to run. Before viewing the animals, visitors receive a policy statement, complete a preliminary information sheet, and chat with a shelter representative, so that the best-suited animals are shown. Potential adopters are encouraged to spend time with several candidate companions before making a decision, and we encourage the involvement of the entire family. When ready, the potential adopter completes a questionnaire that tells us more about their home situation and lets us know how they have cared for previous pets. An adoption counselor reviews the information in conjunction with the animal's history and talks with the prospective owner about adopting.

Except in rare circumstances, the animal will not go home on the same day, although it can be reserved! Even at Adoption Day events, the adopter is given time to reconsider their decision to add a new member to their family, and the counselor is given an opportunity to do any background checks necessary. Throughout the process, potential adopters may be redirected to animals we feel will better fit their situation, and every effort is made to match the home to an appropriate animal. When a match is a good one, the adopter then completes an adoption contract, receives health records, and takes home a new best friend.

There are situations where it is appropriate to discourage someone from taking on an animal's care at the current time, and sometimes an applicant is interested in an animal we cannot confidently place with him. In those cases, we do reserve the right to refuse the adoption. We work to make this a friendly process with open communication, even with denials; unfortunately, there may be times when potential adopters feel uncomfortable. We hope people understand that PCHS wants to place every animal successfully. Our members can support humane placements by reminding people who may be disappointed by a refusal that PCHS has the best interest of the animal in mind. Our intent is not to offend but to facilitate a "match made in heaven."

Come Visit Us!

We are located in Rochester, Minnesota. Come visit us on the web at for shelter information.

The Main Office is located at:
602 7th St. NW
Rochester, MN 55901

Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 4:30 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 12:00 7:00 pm
Saturday: 12:30 4:30
Closed Sunday

The Dog and Cat Shelter is located at:
602 7th St. NW
Rochester, MN 55901

Viewing Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 12:30 4:30 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 2:00 7:00 pm
Closed Sunday
(Please arrive at least 15 minutes before closing to view dogs or cats available for adoption.)

Paws & Claws Humane Society

602 7th St. NW
Rochester, MN 55901
Phone: (507) 288-7226

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