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Who We Are...

S.A.F.E. Sanctuary is a group of local people who have banded together to Save Animals From Euthanasia. We are a small group and intend on staying that way, our goal is to use our resources on training the dogs, so when adopting a dog from S.A.F.E. you will know that the training has been started and they will adjust easier to a new home.

S.A.F.E. Sanctuary is a foster based rescue so we can only take in animals as room is available. We are a no kill rescue, we work on training issues and do everything possible to find quality homes for the dogs, we will not, however, knowingly place a dangerous dog back out into the public.

The S.A.F.E. dogs are not kept in kennels, they are all fostered in our homes and live with our own personal pets and families. All pets are vetted, altered, they are house trained or have started their training, they are socialized, started on obedience training and have begun the spoiling aspect of family life!!

Many of our animals come from local impound facilities where they would have been euthanized if we had not rescued them. This is their chance at a new home, they are great dogs whose only flaw was their color, size, location or lack of training.

S.A.F.E. does its best to assure all animals are healthy prior to going to their new homes. However, there is no guarantee when adopting an animal, there are things that veterinarians miss. We recommend re-worming along with an exam by your regular vet within 5 days of the adoption. Medical needs may come up at the new owner's expense, it is part of being a pet parent. Many of these dogs came from very poor situations, their lives depend on us and their new owners.

S.A.F.E. Sanctuary spays or neuters all animals before adoption, they are also vaccinated for Parvo/Distemper, wormed and heartworm tested.

Adopting a Friend...

To adopt fill out an application at and submit it. Then send us an e-mail or give us a call. We will set up a time for you to come and meet the friend you are interested in. (We do ask for references and you must have landlord approval). If we feel it is a good match we will complete the adoption.

All pets adopted from S.A.F.E. Sanctuary come with a offer of a free veterinary check with one of 6 participating veterinary clinics, located in Faribault, Northfield, Kenyon and Owatonna. Vet visits must be scheduled within 3 days of adopting. This is for the office visit only, any added vet work will be done at the new families expense. We want you to be confident of the health of your new pet. Information will be provided during the adoption process.

WE DO HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ANY ADOPTION, as we live with these animals and know their needs better than anyone else at this time.

Adoption fees vary per animal, we do not negotiate fees, they barely cover the vetting costs. Our goal is a forever home for each animal in our program.

CALL FOSTER HOMES DIRECTLY BY CALLING THE NUMBERS LISTED ON THE PROFILE OF THE ANIMAL THAT YOU DESIRE TO MEET!! We are FOSTER based and these numbers are OUR HOMES. PLEASE understand that we do have Jobs and other Responsibilities

Petfinder is updated daily, we get a lot of amazing dogs in frequently, and they do get adopted fast. If you see someone that you are interested in contact us immediately, if they are not posted the next day it is because they have been adopted. Join us on Facebook at

Surrendering A Pet...

S.A.F.E. Sanctuary does take in owner surrender dogs. Please remember we are a small group and do not always have foster space available. For information on surrendering a dog please email at

We will not take in dogs that have shown any aggression towards humans or other dogs. Since the dogs live in a foster home we can not risk injury to our foster parents or the other dogs in the foster home.

Unfortunately, we do not take in cats, we are a dog only rescue.

Donation Information...

S.A.F.E. Sanctuary has been an active group since March of 2004, we are a 501C3 Non Profit Rescue, all donations are tax-deductible. S.A.F.E. has placed over 4.000 loving dogs and cats in quality homes since we started rescuing. There are huge expenses that go with this, we have had many dogs that had to be treated for heartworm, required surgery to live a better life, or had various other ailments. Our medical bills, along with the ever-increasing costs of dog food, collars and leashes adds up to an enormous amount of expenses.

S.A.F.E Sanctuary does not receive funding, all of the costs have to be paid for out of the adoption fees, donations or our own pockets. We have had many people say that they would like to help but due to time and room they can't, yes you can, every donation helps!!! Even if you can't volunteer or adopt at this time, please feel free to make a donation to any of these wonderful animals.

Donations can be made by going to and clicking on the Donate button!

Special Thank You....

Special thank you to the PetsMart, Paddington's Feed and Seed, Faribault Vet Clinic, Cedar Lake Design Studio, all of our wonderful volunteers, and the community for helping us save lives!!

A thank you to our dedicated members who offer their spare time to help homeless animals.