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

March 8, 2009 | By Wendie | 23 answers | Expired: 2096 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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Gail
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Mar 11, 2009

If you read further down on the PAAWS website the following statements are there, you just have to go past the first paragraphs. I copied and pasted this FROM THE WEBSITE:


NEW PHOTOS ADDED! In addition to low-cost spays/neuters and other veterinary services, we also have several cats available for adoption. Each cat has its own rescue story, and although we take great care of our resident cats, each needs and deserves a loving "forever home."

Please feel free to peruse these photos of our cat family, and stop in to see us if you'd like to meet one (or some) of them. We're located at 25 21st St. S. in Fargo, just off of Main Avenue. And don't forget to check back from time to time, as our cat family can change from week to week.

Click here to meet our cat family.

Have you adopted a cat from PAAWS? We'd love to hear your and your cat's story. Send your story along with any photos or videos you'd like to include to mera52@hotmail.com. We'd like to keep track of how our adopted cats are doing.

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kevinskats
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Mar 09, 2009

The issue of the website and mission could probably be better answered by either Lori, a co-founder of PAAWS, or one of the volunteers who work there. It is possible that their website reflects their original mission and if you read down the first paragraph a little further, it states that there are cats at MinnKota PAAWS in need of new homes. When I started doing business with PAAWs only a few years back, they had no building! Lori was transporting customers cats, a car load at a time, 180 miles round trip to a vet clinic for the spaying and neutering. There was no building to perform surgeries or shelter rescued cats until only a couple of years ago. The PAAWS program was started from the ground up. MinnKota PAAWS started out with basically nothing other than an idea and the ambition of a young gal who wanted to make a difference in the life of cats. There was no money for a shelter and to my knowledge it is much the same today. They rely primarily on donations for their existence. This could explain the format of their website which focuses on spay/neuter first. I have four cats who were PAAWS cats, each of them rescued by their dedicated volunteers.

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PM P.
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Mar 09, 2009

Wendie is correct on what the website says. The mission statement on the website only mentions low cost spay/neuter and does not mention being a shelter. I would assume the bylaws and new mission statement reflect the fact it is low cost spay/neuter and a shelter.

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Natalia W.
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Mar 08, 2009

I'm a student who volunteers at PAAWS and it is a shelter as well as a spay and neuter clinic. The most wonderful thing about PAAWS is that everyone there is there as a volunteer. Everyone that works there cares so much about animals, it's amazing. I am so happy to be apart of such a wonderful team!

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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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Jerry T.
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Mar 08, 2009

If you ever question if a shelter or charity is legit you can usually go to better business bureau (BBB) and check the their validty. I do that all the time before I donate to a charity.

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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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Debra B.
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Mar 08, 2009

Hi, Wendie,

I am assuming that you haven't read all the information that is posted on the Minn-Kota PAAWS shelter page. On the right hand side of the page, is a listing of all the cats available for adoption that are housed either on site in a real building, or are housed in foster homes. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you can find all the video reviews that I have posted, including an exterior shot of the building plus video of two of the cat rooms that house the cats available for adoption. These are real animals who were rescued from dire straights conditions. These cats were spared euthanasia from the pound or another humane society (Angel and Tootsie are 2 examples), death from hypothermia, or found "dumped" like so much trash on the sides of roads, restaurant dumpters, and even parking lots of discount stores (Kay Mart).

Just because PAAWS doesn't have the associated words "humane society" or "shelter" in its title name, does not make this any less of an animal shelter or any less eligible for this competition. There is a core bunch of loyal and faithful PAAWS supporters who are logging on every day and dealing with the trials of this website just to ensure that we can get our points for PAAWS and keep us in the top 20. If you haven't determined from all these postings, we are very protective (if not slightly defensive) of our PAAWS shelter and PAAWS cats!

Congratulations on your shelter being ranked #9. There are still 5 days left. Anything can happen within the rankings of the top 20 in this time. Look who is now #1, Central Missouri! I predicted that this shelter would pass St. Tammany by in a previous journal because their community rallied behind it and there was a lot of media attention focused on Central Missouri.

Fargo is located in the upper midwest with severe winters, and is located just across the Red River of the North along the western border of Minnesotta. The name Minn-Kota comes from abbreviating the two states' names where PAAWS extends its reach by providing low cost spays and neuters and rescuing the cats that it can.

Unfortunately, only one shelter can win the makeover competition. That is the nature of competition--it is competitive with a winner and losers.

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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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Daradams
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Mar 08, 2009

I adopted my cat Sheba from Minn-Kota PAAWS, and I can vouch for the fact that they are indeed a shelter. They rescued Sheba from certain death. She was scheduled to be euthanized until Minn-Kota PAAWS stepped up and rescued her just in the knick of time. They are a wonderful rescue organization who deeply care for the cats that are in their care. They keep their cats in rooms, not cages, so they live a wonderful life while in their care, they have windows to look out, and they even put bird feeders outside the windows so the cats can birdwatch. That's how much they love their cats, they don't want them to be bored. It offends me that anyone would even question the qualifications of this shelter. Don't you think Zootoo has checked them out?

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