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Q: Is Minn-Kota PAAWS even a shelter???

March 8, 2009 | By Wendie | 23 answers | Expired: 1951 days ago

Wendie

I was NOT trying to offend anyone!!! When I go to the first listing that comes up on Google (paawsproject.org/) when I looked at this shelter's website (which I've done for all the top 20) it says "Minn-Kota PAAWS/PAAWS Project (People Advocating Animal Welfare Services) was created to educate the area population of the importance of spaying and neutering companion animals and to take a proactive approach to the animal population problem. Our mission is to spay and neuter barn, feral, stray and companion animals, thus reducing the number of unwanted litters. We serve Moorhead, Minn., Fargo, N.D., and their surrounding areas."

And never said anything about anything other than spay/neuter. I now clearly see there must be another website that explains more about thee adoptables and other services they offer. Thanks so much for cluing me in. I really appreciate all the great responses!!!!

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lori
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Mar 08, 2009

Sad that someone would post a questions like this that belittles another organization. I originally started PAAWS to focus on the animal over-population problem. I've always felt that before you have a huge shelter, you should focus on the real problem, that being overpopulation. Be proactive, not reactive. Deal with the cause and not just the symptoms. I know of a shelter that was built a couple years ago in a nearby community. The problem is, they never focused on spay/neuter first. If you don't, you're going to have owners that say, "why should I spay and neuter, the shelter will take our puppies and kittens". They are completely overwhelmed now.
Over 800 cats were euthanized last year in the area, and just as many the year before. We hope that through aggressive spaying/neutering and adoption , we can decrease the numbers at the local pounds. Three of our volunteers have been actively pullings cats from the 3 local pounds. Over 100 cats were adopted from our facility last year, and many more already this year. We also have an arrangement with our local Petco to show cats on Saturdays and Sundays. We have many people coming into our facility to look at adopting our cats. We also trap alot of cats and kittens and work on socializing them and finding them homes. Our cats are not kennelled. We have community rooms so they can run freely.
There are so many great groups on here that are making a huge difference in the lives of animals. I hope that people feel that we are doing the same!

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Tohnstad
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Mar 08, 2009

Despite the name which does not specifically say "shelter" or "humane society", MinnKota PAAWS is most definitely a shelter...although one which is too small considering the size of the urban area in which it is located (Fargo, North Dakota). I have met the co-founder of the organization, Lori, and several of the volunteers. My husband has had extensive dealings over the years with MinnKota PAAWS and you could never find a more dedicated, motivated and caring bunch of volunteers who truly want the best for not only people's personal pets, but all those homeless, abandoned, stray, lost or feral cats and even a few dogs. Recently there was even a cat at MinnKota PAAWS who had been missing for way over a year and was identified by Carol, one of the dedicated volunteers, and returned to it's extremely thankful owner who just missed her cat so much. It had disappeared from her home a year and 4 months earlier. As I understand it, the volunteer, Carol, had rescued the cat from a local dog pound where it was scheduled to be killed. The cat, Simon, was taken to MinnKota PAAWS where it was socialized into one of their cat communities before being identified and returned to it's extremely grateful owner. This is the sort of miracle that has become common place at MinnKota PAAWS. I have three MinnKota PAAWS cats of my own, Ralphie, Butchie and Puffin (all listed on my husband's ZOO - ko35). These three cats came directly from a local dog pound and were scheduled to be killed. The fine folks at MinnKota PAAWS rescued them from certain death. Today they are beautiful, loving cats and I cherish them dearly. In my mind, I can't imagine how these magnificent cats could have been destroyed simply because there wasn't someone right there that day to speak up for them. MinnKota PAAWS is that organization that "speaks up" for cats. MinnKota PAAWS is the "voice of the homeless, abandoned, stray, lost or feral cat in this entire area". My husband's words. MinnKota PAAWS is truly a one of a kind operation...performing hundreds upon hundreds of spays and neuters each year, but also saving cats from certain death, socializing them and finding them new homes. Only sad part of this is their lack of space considering the task at hand, a severe limitation which creates very difficult decisions for the volunteers. Life for abandoned, stray, lost or feral cats in this area is more than just an inconvenience for them, it is a life and death situation given the extreme winter weather we have in this area. We have several cats of our own who are minus their ears because they were frozen entirely off by sub zero weather along with high winds which create windchills which cats cannot survive. This is why the work of MinnKota PAAWS volunteers is so crucial. I personally wish them the best in being chosen the winner of the Shelter Makeover Contest!

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Anonymous
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Mar 08, 2009

I adopted 6 cats from MinnKota PAAWS a year ago. Not only are they a shelter, they are a NO-KILL shelter!! They have many cats available for adoption at all times, and they aggressivley try to find homes for them year round to make room for the new ones that come in. This information is very clear on their website.

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