About Us


How is Pet Haven working with the community?

Pet Haven is a founding member of the Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare (MnPAW), a state-based animal welfare coalition. MnPAW’s mission is to unite Minnesota animal welfare organizations, and engage the community to ensure a home for every healthy and treatable companion animal in Minnesota. By working together and building on our common ground, we can be a stronger force and more powerful voice for the animals. As members of the coalition, we strive collectively to create a more humane world for animals, and reduce the population of homeless pets.

Adopting A Friend

Why adopt from Pet Haven?

Thank you for considering adoption! Adopting dogs and cats from rescue organizations is critical to finding a home for every cat and dog.

Pet Haven is a foster-based rescue, meaning all of the animals in our program live with foster families until they can find their forever homes. Foster families really get to know the dogs and cats in their care, and provide important information about the animal to potential adopters, so foster families are great resources for potential adopters! For example, the foster family will know if the pet is good with other animals or children, and will have a good idea of what kind of training, attention and special needs the pet will have.

Plus, every animal in Pet Haven’s adoption program is examined by a veterinarian, vaccinated, treated for any known medical ailments, implanted with a microchip ID, and spayed or neutered. Pet Haven also provides a 10-day health guarantee for each adopted animal. Within the first 10 days of adoption, if you or your vet uncover a medical condition that existed prior to adoption, Pet Haven will work with its vet partnerprovide medical attention at no charge to the you.

Where do the dogs and cats come from?

Pet Haven works with rural rescue groups in Minnesota and Iowa, as well as local animal control facilities to bring in cats and dogs. The rescues Pet Haven partners with are in areas that simply don’t have the people to adopt their cats and dogs. The Twin Cities provide the needed base of adoptive homes to help find forever homes for these animals.

Pet Haven also takes in Pet Haven “returns.” While Pet Haven works very hard to place cats and dogs in their forever homes, we know that circumstances sometimes require people to make the hard choice to give up their pet. Any animal adopted from Pet Haven is always welcome back into our care should the need arise. The animal goes back into foster care until it can find a new forever home.

Who We Are

What is Pet Haven?

Pet Haven was founded in 1952. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization incorporated and registered in the State of Minnesota, and are a volunteer-run organization. Similar to a humane society, we help homeless dogs, puppies, cats and kittens find new homes. We provide veterinary care, kennels, leashes, and food. Animals stay in volunteer foster homes and are spayed/neutered prior to being adopted. Foster families care for the animals, and learn about their needs and temperaments, which helps us find suitable permanent homes.

Pet Haven is a limited admission foster-based animal rescue – our ability to bring a cat or dog into our foster program is dependent on our resources and availability of foster homes. We do not euthanize animals unless they have an untreatable health or behavioral condition that prevents an acceptable quality of life or makes them a serious threat to people, other animals or themselves.

Pet Haven is committed to reducing the pet population and the number of unwanted animals. We offer low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for low-income families and grants to other animal rescue groups. Since 2005, Pet Haven has awarded 62 grants that have helped alter 2,006 animals.

Pet Haven volunteers also educate the public about responsible companion animal care. We convey our respect for animals as we talk with
prospective new families, meet people at public events, and socialize 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.

Interested in Becoming a Foster?

Please contact volunteer@PetHavenMN.org and request a foster application!

Come Visit Us


(952) 831-3825

Our voicemail system will answer your call. Please leave a message and one of our great volunteers will get back to you. When you leave a message, please clearly state your phone number and repeat it a second time. It is also helpful if you let us know when a good time is to reach you at that number.

Mailing Address

Pet Haven, Inc. of Minnesota
P.O. Box 19105
Minneapolis, MN 55419

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