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

March 8, 2009 | By Wendie | 23 answers | Expired: 1978 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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Jaimee123
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Mar 08, 2009

My Mom volunteers at Minn-Kota PAAWS, she is alos on the Board of directors. This IS NO DOUBT a SHELTER and CLINIC all rolled into one. They have no county funding ...unlike your facility, PAAWS is run by UNPAID volunteers who tirelessly donate their time without being paid a single penny not only spaying and neutering the feral populations, farm populations that are breeding out of control, but also companion animals that belong to people who would not otherwise be able to pay a full service vet. They have rescued many, many animals that would have otherwise been euthanized, not to mention the animals that were thrown out on the streets in sub zero weather left to die. This shelter deserves this makeover.

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Toni G.
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Mar 08, 2009

Please check out the Minn-Kota PAAWS page and see for yourself. Minn-Kota PAAWS is a cat shelter. They take in not only kittens but also adult cats that will be put to sleep if PAAWS does not take them in.

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Jackie L.
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Mar 08, 2009

Minn-Kota PAAWS is definately a shelter as well as a spay/neuter clinic. If it wasn't I wouldn't be there scooping litter boxes, cleaning food bowls, playing with the cats and socializing those that need some confidence. I volunteer at Paaws because not only do they provide a place for cats that are trapped or pound rescues to live and be adopted, but the spay/neuter clinic part is helping to bring down the numbers that need shelter in the first place. More communities should look at starting a shelter/spay/neuter clinic like paaws. Unless the numbers of unwanted pets are brought down, shelters across america will always be overwelmed.

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Gail
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Mar 08, 2009

Our facility was founded as a spay/neuter assistance program, but out of necessity shortly after the clinic opened, we had to add the shelter, we live in Minnesota where our winters are brutal, we get severe storms and -30 below is not out of the ordinary, our windchills can drop to -50 below without warning and the odds of these cats surviving in these conditions are low. We have saved many cats from freezing to death on roads, ditches, drains, trapped in boxes, parking lots, living in dumpsters, under porches. We focus on "Urgent" rescues, what we mean by that is cats that are going to be euthanized at the pound, and cats that we find abandoned or hurt. Once again, I hope this clears it up.

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kevinskats
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Mar 08, 2009

I have done business with Minn-Kota PAAWS for several years now, and am a frequent repeat customer of theirs. I would describe their operation as a SHELTER PLUS! Not only do they shelter cats and provide a "no kill" quality environment, but their volunteers also actually RESCUE the cats themselves, both live trapping feral, stray, abandon and lost cats, but they also have volunteers who go to the local dog pounds and rescue cats who are about to be killed! Volunteers even assist people living in rural areas where there are sometimes 50 plus stray cats living at a farm and trap each of them for spaying or neutering. Their operation, to my knowledge, receives no tax payer dollars and continues to provide all the services of a shelter, while still providing the much needed low cost spay/neuter surgeries for both dogs and cats along with vacinations and feline leukemia tests. To say this organization goes the extra mile would be the understatement of the year. Their cats are not sheltered in kennels but instead, the volunteers put in lots of hours, working with each group of cats and matching them together so the cats are able to live in more of a "cat community" instead of a kennel (like most shelters and humane societies). The biggest problem at Minn-Kota PAAWS is there is inadequate space for all that they are currently doing. They are located in an old warehouse in Fargo, North Dakota and they are the only such shelter/spay-neuter clinic within a 45 mile radius of the Fargo/Moorhead area which includes countless small surrounding communities and farms, the entire area population probably around 140,000 plus. Despite the true mission behind Minn-Kota PAAWS, they acknowledge and continue to address a comprehensive list of "needs" for our area and only their meager funding which is primarily donations limits their ambitions. If there was ever a shelter deserving to win a Shelter Makeover, Minn-Kota PAAWS is it!

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Julie
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Mar 08, 2009

I have heard of this organization before but never read anything about it until now. Sure has some interesting info about it.
It sounds to me as if the emphasis is on the spay/neuter part of it though, (which is great) and also have adoption services as well.
Interesting.

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Lora W.
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Mar 08, 2009

I am a volunteer at PAAWS and I work mostly with the cats in the shelter. If it was not a shelter, the organization would have no need for me. Yesterday I stopped by on my way home from being out and while I was at PAAWS I was able to show our cats to someone that was interested in adopting a cat. I took them to four different rooms that house cats and they will be back today to try and decide which cat they would like to adopt. One lady took a volunteer sheet to fill out so she could become a volunteer to help take care of our cats. Our cats are not caged so our shelter is more homelike for them. I also showed a new volunteer around the facility as all the other volunteers were busy with the clinic. This person will be working with the cats in the shelter. We are a spay-neuter clinic also for people who can't afford to go to the regular vets. By making sure this service is available at a reasonable cost, we hope to stop the overpopulation of animals so that each and every one of them can have a good life. Our goal is all about saving and protecting the animals. We live-trap animals and also get them from the pounds.

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Gail
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Mar 08, 2009

Just a footnote.....every single one of those cats in the photo I posted with my last answer HAVE BEEN ADOPTED !

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Gail
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Mar 08, 2009

Not only does Minn-Kota PAAWS have NUMEROUS cats on site in our Brick and Morter building we have many in Foster homes where they get the best care possible, Cats who need extra attention because they have had to have their tails amputated or they have severe health conditions and need to be medicated daily get the best care in a home enviroment. We are all NON-PAID volunteers at PAAWS, our Board of Directors and volunteers get paid in the love they recieve from the cats that we save from certain death from the frigid -30 below temperatures that we rescue them from. I have to correct one thing that Carol said, she was only counting the Pound rescues that were adopted out in that 10 week period the adoption were much higher, closer 70 when including the other adoptions that didnt come from the pound. Minn-Kota PAAWS most DEFINATELY IS A SHELTER, we have cats that have been living in our facility for almost 3 years because we are a NO-KILL shelter and these cats were trapped and we could not release them back into the enviroment they were trapped in, so I guess you could say we are not only a shelter we are a sancuary also. I hope this puts to rest any doubts about our qualifications to be entered in this contest. Here is a picture of a few of our residents in case you are still in doubt.

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carol  s.
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Mar 08, 2009

I happen to be a volunteer at PAAWS and we are indeed a spay/neuter clinic in conjunction with being a shelter. The non-profit was founded as a low cost spay/neuter clinic because of the absolute lack of any such service in our area. So many people cannot afford services for their companion animals, and it is getting worse every day. If you look at our site, you will see cats up for adoption, and although we spay and neuter both cats and dogs, we only house cats. We are very small, but recently had a 10 week period where we adopted out 52 cats-the majority of which came from death row at the local pounds. Although we are small, any money we may be rewarded from this contest will help us to enlarge and save more of these homeless cats. We live-trap avidly, and also voucher people who can't even afford our meager prices. We are all strictly volunteers in an area where I'm afraid the public is not as concerned as they should be. Our founder has been working tirelessly getting radio, TV, and newspaper exposure....yet, the public has not come full force on board with us, as you can tell by our #'s. We are small, but we are mighty, and a more dedicated group you will find no where. In answer to your question-we are indeed a shelter, albeit a small one. For now. Hopefully we can get some pictures on our site of said shelter, showing 4 cat rooms dudded up with shelves, runways, multiple beds and ample room for these precious adoptees-none of which are caged. They have heat in the winter and open windows in the summer. And any money we may receive as a result of this contest, will help us take more of these poor cats off the streets.....any questions you have, you can write me personally and I'll be happy to answer them for you

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