Minn-Kota PAAWS


Rating: 4.9

Average rating from 79 reviews.

(4.9 out of 5, based on 79 reviews)

25 21st St. S.Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 356-0523
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 5 to 9 p.m. most evenings

502 miles away
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Minn-Kota PAAWS is completely volunteer-run and serves as a spay/neuter clinic and cat shelter. PAAWS was started for one mission – to reduce the number of animals euthanized at the local pounds, and to reduce the number of unwanted litters of cats and dogs born.

In 2004, founder Lori Magelky wanted to have a feral cat spayed. She watched this cat have litter after litter, until finally, the cat was livetrapped. Calls to area veterinary clinics resulted in price quotes of $200-plus. With this information, an idea was born. There needed to be alternatives for people who simply couldn’t afford these prices.

For the first two years, Lori drove cats to a low-cost spay/neuter clinic 120 miles away. She would return in the late afternoon. In 2005, she contacted an area veterinarian who had recently retired and was living in Moorhead, Minn. Dr. Ron would occasionally travel 70 miles to Crookston, Minn., to perform spays and neuters on cats and dogs at the shelter there. He would frequently take pets from Fargo and perform the surgeries there.

In late 2005, surgeries were performed in a donated space at the Moorhead airport. In early 2006, with the help of an area Realtor, PAAWS found and moved into its current space in Fargo. The program has since grown to include three cat rooms, a receiving area and a surgical room.

PAAWS has also acquired several new veterinarians and many core volunteers. Subsequently, our program numbers have increased: 97 pets were served in 2004; 307 in 2005; 652 in 2006; and 1,489 in 2007. As of Dec. 4, 2008, 1,584 surgeries have been performed.

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Reader's Reviews (79)
Rating: 1


posted 3 years ago

If you can not afford anything more than 100$ go to Paaws. If you can afford it drive to a vet outside of the city. SERIOUSLY. All of these positive comments are from volunteers and pro fixing people. It is great to fix your pet but go somewhere that doesn't work on your pet in an assembly line. That is how these places do it. At an actual vet practice your pet is the one concentrated on; not amongst 10 other pets. My dog has just started to show problems with incontinence 3 weeks after surgery. Of ALL the pets I have had (most male dogs) fixed I have never had this problem. I will never advocate for a charity organization for fixing a pet. I would rather drive 50 miles to go to a good affordable vet than go back to this place.

Pros: cheap

Cons: post surgery effect

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Rating: 5

Their spaying & neutering program helped my friend Terry

posted 6 years ago

I am very impressed with the work Minn-Kota PAAWS does.

My friend Terry had a number of cats that needed to be spayed & neutered, and they did an absolutely wonderful job.

Thanks for doing what you do. A service that is so important, because not only does it improve the health of the cats but it prevents more over population.

Pros: Very reasonable pricing, great staff and good people

Cons: None

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