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Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Animal Rescue!
P.O. Box 256 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (612) 387-4869
St. Francis of Assisi Animal Rescue


St. Francis of Assisi Animal Rescue (SFAAR) is an all volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating homeless, neglected, unwanted and abused 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. When possible, we hold an adoption event twice each month on Saturday where the public is able to meet our animals and get to know them. We are a no-kill group unless extreme behavioral or medical issues are noted. 

Our Mission
The mission of St. Francis of Assisi Animal Rescue is to rescue and rehome homeless 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.

Our History
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.

Our Animals Health
The health of our animals is extremely important to us. Veterinarians and veterinary technicians provide physical exams and administer all required vaccinations. In addition, our animals are tested for 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: When possible, 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. Forest Lake PetSmart has made available to us a number of kennels in their Adoption Center. Anyone interested in adopting a cat should contact us at 612-387-4869.

Chuck & Don's: Chuck & Don's stores partner with St. Francis by allowing us to house a cat or kittens in each of their following locations: Maplewood, Blaine and Coon Rapids. 

Internet: All of our animals have their photos and a short personality profile placed on the St. Francis of Assisi 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. was created with the goal of finding a home for every adoptable pet. is an on online directory of nearly 11,000 adoption groups, including St. Francis of Assisi 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!

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