According to the Humane Society of the United States, each year between six and eight million cats and dogs end up in U.S. animal shelters each year. There are many people and organizations trying to make a difference – campaigns to spay and neuter your pets, campaigns against puppy mills, and campaigns to encourage shelter pet adoption. One such organization is Paws for a Cause.
Paws for a Cause (PAC) began in 2008. According to Heidi Harden, Adoption Team Coordinator for PAC, “We began with one gorgeous black lab who was left behind by a breed specific rescue. We brought him in on our own, made sure he had the medical care that he needed and found a home for him. Since then, we’ve re-home over 350 companion canines.”
In November, the PAC team took a trip to Missouri where they participated with over 45 other rescue organizations from across the U.S. to save as many of the 850 animals as they could from the largest puppy mill auction in the U.S. The auction occurred because two of the largest puppy millers in the country were put out of business.
PAC specializes in providing sanctuary for abandoned, stray and neglected dogs through its volunteer network with the ultimate goal of providing safe, loving homes for companion animals throughout Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. They are dedicated to raising awareness of the plight of homeless and abused animals and to serve as a resource to the community by providing education and information on responsible pet ownership, including the importance of spay/neuter, positive behavior training, good nutrition and the importance of knowing where your dog came from.
PAC’s companion animals are housed in foster homes where they are provided an enormous amount love along with the medical attention and food that they need to ensure their good health. In this interactive environment, PAC’s companion animals are evaluated for temperament and personality, and matched with carefully screened forever homes. Every PAC animal is neutered or spayed. PAC is an all volunteer organization and has volunteers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, but their home base is in New Brighton, Minnesota.
You can help PAC in its mission in a variety of ways.
- Numerous volunteer positions are available from fostering a dog, home visits and transportation.
- They have recently started a new Volunteer Welcoming Committee. This is a group of online savvy volunteers asked to send welcoming e-mails to new participants.
- They also have a new education program going into effect this winter to address the issue of puppy mills and how not to find your dog.
- Monetary donations are also needed to help the organization board the dogs and pay their medical expenses until they can find a forever home.
You can learn more about these opportunities and more on their website. In addition, you can search photos of dogs currently looking for foster homes.