St. Francis Animal Rescue (SFAAR) is a volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating homeless, neglected, unwanted and abused dogs and cats. All of the animals we rescue are provided with necessary medical care, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered. Our animals are placed in foster care in our dedicated volunteers' private homes. We hold an adoption day event each Saturday where the public is able to meet our animals and potentially adopt them. We are a no-kill group unless extreme behavioral or medical issues are noted.
The mission of St. Francis of Assisi Animal Rescue is to rescue and rehome homeless dogs and cats, relieve the pet overpopulation problem by spaying and neutering all companion animals before adoption, and educate the public on animal welfare and positive people / animal relationships.
Incorporated in 2001, SFAAR began as the result of two local women who saw that there was a need for an alternative to euthanizing homeless pets in animal control facilities. The vast majority of animals in animal control are wonderful, loving pets who simply need a good home with someone to care for them. SFAAR was created to help that happen.
Where Our Animals Come From
Although our animals come to us from a variety of sources, our first priority is to rescue animals from animal control facilities before they are euthanized.
St. Francis partners with many animal control facilities, rescue organizations, veterinary hospitals and humane societies to take animals into our program that would otherwise be euthanized. We are also contacted by pet owners who, for whatever reason, are no longer able to care for their pets. In addition, good Samaritans who have rescued stray or abandoned animals contact us looking for help in placing them.
Where Our Animals Stay
St. Francis is a foster-based rescue organization. Our animals are cared for in the private homes of our volunteers. We do not have a facility.
In addition to foster homes St. Francis partners with Camp K-9 Kennels in Forest Lake and Waterview Kennels in Stacy. In an emergency situation where an animal must be placed immediately, and there is no available foster home, the animal is housed in a kennel on a temporary basis.
Our Animals Health
The health of our animals is extremely important to us. Volunteer veterinarians and veterinary technicians provide physical exams and administer all required vaccinations. In addition, our animals are tested for heartworm or FeLV, wormed, treated for fleas and ticks, and spayed or neutered. While in a foster home, the animal is carefully watched for any signs of illness. If an animal requires a trip to the vet, St Francis partners with a number of area veterinarians who provide us with medical assistance.
How Our Animals Find New Homes
Adoption Day: Every Saturday a number of our animals are brought to a local PetSmart store or other area business. St. Francis volunteers introduce the animals to prospective adopters to help them find the perfect pet for their family.
PetSmart: St. Francis partners with local PetSmart stores to find homes for our animals. PetSmart has made available to us a number of kennels in their Luv-A-Pet cat center. Prospective adopters are able to meet and adopt the cats that are housed there during store business hours.
Chuck & Don's Pet Food Outlet Stores: A number of Chuck & Don's stores have partnered with St. Francis to help find homes for the cats in our program. These stores set up a "kitty condo" for one of our cats to live in temporarily. Customers of the stores are able to meet the cats and spend some time with them before deciding if they would like to adopt.
Internet: All of our animals have their photos and a short personality profile placed on the St. Francis Animal Rescue website. Anyone interested in a particular animal is asked to phone or email us for more information about that animal and how to go about meeting them.
Petfinder.com: Petfinder.com was created with the goal of finding a home for every adoptable pet. Petfinder.com is an on online directory of nearly 11,000 adoption groups, including St. Francis Animal Rescue, that posts the animals available for adoption.
How our organization is funded
SFAAR is a non-profit organization that is funded entirely through individual donations and fundraising events. All funds donated aid in the care of our animals.
We are extremely grateful for the kind support we have received over the years!