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Dog Program Discontinued

Everyone is aware of the devastating toll that COVID 19 has taken on small businesses. Too many stores and restaurants have had to close their doors permanently due to the spread of the virus and the restrictions that were placed on their businesses. Although we know that the restrictions were in place to keep everyone healthy and help curb the spread of the virus, many businesses were put in situations from which they could not recover.

What you may not be aware of is that nonprofit organizations, like St. Francis of Assisi Animal Rescue, were also greatly affected by the pandemic. Just like other businesses, St. Francis Animal Rescue, had to follow all of the mandated precautions during the pandemic. Our rescue is an all-volunteer organization and our priority has been to keep our volunteers safe. For over a year now, due to safety reasons, we have not been able to hold our weekly adoption day events or hold some of our largest fundraising events.

Because of the difficulties we’ve encountered, including the retirement of our dog coordinator, we needed to reevaluate how our organization operated in order to keep our doors open. The board of directors has made the very difficult decision to discontinue our dog program. St. Francis Animal Rescue will continue to operate as normally as possible, but as a cat rescue only.

We want to thank our volunteers and the many supporters of St. Francis. We hope you will continue to work with us and support us as we move forward in this new direction. 

PetSmart Store Updated Adoption Process

We are pleased to continue our partnership with the PetSmart store in Forest Lake. Although, at the present time, we are still unable to hold Adoption Day events in the store, we continue to house cats and kittens ready for adoption in their Luv-A-Pet center. Everyone is welcome to visit PetSmart to meet our pets and get to know them before deciding to adopt. 

If you decide you would like to adopt a cat or kitten, please complete an online adoption application on our website at Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received.

A St. Francis volunteer will contact you about your application as soon as possible. If the application is approved, a volunteer will arrange for the adoption to take place at the Forest Lake PetSmart store. Please note: PetSmart employees are not able to do an adoption without prior approval/consent from a St. Francis Animal Rescue representative.

If you have any questions about this new process, please contact St Francis Animal Rescue directly at 612-387-4869.



We know that not everyone is able to adopt a pet, but you can still make a big difference in the life of a homeless dog or cat. 

St. Francis Animal rescue makes every effort to find loving homes for the special needs animals in our care. Sadly, some of the dogs and cats that come to us have been abused or neglected, and others are injured or suffer chronic illnesses. St. Francis provides lifelong care for any animal that does not get adopted. 

Sponsoring an animal provides a way for you to help us cover the ongoing veterinary care these animals require. Even though you are not adopting, a single donation or a monthly commitment can go a long way in helping us care for the animal you choose to sponsor.   












P.O. Box 256 •  Forest Lake, MN 55025  •  (612) 387-4869 •  stfrancisaar [ at ]