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Where is St. Francis Animal Rescue located?

St. Francis is a foster home based organization, staffed by volunteers and does not have a location.  We have a post office box, an e-mail address, a web site and a phone messaging service.


How much does it cost to adopt an animal?

Prices are determined by the pet's age, breed, size, and over-all temperament.  Prices usually range from $70 to $200.


How are adoption fees determined?

Each of the animals in our program is provided with all necessary medical care. They are spayed/neutered and provided all necessary vaccinations. In addition, our cats are tested for Feline Leukemia. All of our animals are treated for worms, fleas and ticks. Our adoption fees incorporate medical and veterinary costs for the animal as well as food, kennels and other basic supplies needed to keep the animal healthy and happy.  


What kind of food do feed your animals?

We feed our animals premium brand foods whenever possible.  We sometimes receive donated food that may not be a premium brand but it meets the nutritional needs of our animals and we will use it to help keep our costs lower.  Premium foods have much more protein and far less waste products than the lesser priced foods. We recommend that you consult with your vet or with a reputable pet store about what is the proper food for your new pet.


Can I try out a cat or kitten in my home before I decided to adopt?

For liability reasons, we cannot allow potential parents to have one of our animals on a trial basis.  We recommend that all family members spend as much time as possible with our pets to determine if they would be a good fit for their household. 


What if I adopt and it doesn't work out?

Our contract states that you must give an adopted animal 6 months to adjust to your household. If at any time you need assistance with inappropriate behavior that your adopted pet is displaying, one of our knowledgable volunteers can assist you. For whatever reason St. Francis Animal Rescue will take back any animal that was adopted from us, however, adoption fees are non-refundable . 


How old do I have to be to adopt an animal?

We require adopters to be a minimum of 21 years of age.


Are your animals housebroken?

All of our cats and kittens are litter-boxed trained.


If I adopt an animal can it go outside?

Our animals are intended to be companions to their owner.  They will live with you in your home.  Cats should not go outside, this ensures they live longer, healthier lives as they will not become lost or exposed to injury, disease, parasites or other hazards.    

 Do you take owner surrenders?

Our first priority is to take animals from Animal Control centers and shelters that euthanize adoptable animals. If we have fosters available, we can take owner surrenders. 


I can't have a pet, but would like to help the animals, how can I do that?

We are always in need of volunteers to handle our animals at our adoption days or foster a new animal in their home.  We also need people to transport animals to vet appointments and adoption events. On occasion a volunteer is needed to pick up an animal from a shelter or other rescue organizations.  We often need help at our fundraising events.  Of course, donations of supplies or money always go directly to the care of our animals.


What type of items can I donate for your animals?

Premium pet foods - particularly kitten foods - clumping cat litter, Vari-kennels,  and cat treats are all welcome.


Have a question not answered here?

Email us at or call us at 612-387-4869.

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