WhipStaff Ranch and Rescue

Our Adoptable Pet List

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Who We Are

WhipStaff Ranch and Rescue is celebrating it's 23th year of operation in 2013! We are the only 501c3 non profit animal welfare organization in the northern part of the state that is able to work with all species of animals. Animals accepted into our rescue are treated like they were our own pets until we place them into a new home. We tell you everything we know about the animal- good points and bad habits that need work. We work with livestock, horses, small caged animals and more. We rehabilitate and rehome hundreds of animals each year. We are a volunteer based organization and rely on donations and adoption fees to keep the rescue going.



What Kinds of Dogs Do We Work With?



We work with abandoned, abused, neglected dogs. We work with survivors of puppy mills and backyard breeders. We work with dogs whose time is up at local impound facilities. We do not generally take in owner surrender dogs, as the need is too great for the space and resources we have available to us. We are a "last chance" for some animals who have no other options but death. Because we work with puppy mill dogs we frequently get dogs that come to us pregnant. If we cannot tell they are pregnant they get spayed. However if we have confirmation from our veterinarian that the dog is in end stage pregnancy we do not abort the puppies. Instead a foster home is found for the mother and resulting litter until homes can be found for all puppies and mother. We feel that it would violate our No-Kill policy to kill viable puppies. As a result we occasionally have baby puppies. Please check our petfinder listings for our available dogs.

PLEASE NOTE- NO DOG OR CAT WILL LEAVE OUR RESCUE WITHOUT BEING SURGICALLY STERILIZED. If the animal is too young per our vets opinion, it will be placed in your home in foster care until it is old enough to alter. The animal will remain in our custody until it is brought to our vet, altered, and then you may pick it up and complete the adoption process.

Looking for a Perfect Pet?

If you are looking for a perfect dog, you will need to keep looking. Our dogs are not perfect. We rescue dogs from hoarding situations, puppy mills, abuse and neglect. Our dogs may have post traumatic stress symptoms. They may be timid with strangers. They may have medical conditions such as chronic ear infections, allergies, etc. They may have behavior problems. They may go through a time with seperation anxiety. They may need medication each day. They might need to be housetrained. They might shed. They might drool. Most won't fit in a handbag.

Time and time again we have people call with a "wish list" of attributes they are looking for in a dog, but let us ask you- what are you willing to do to acclimate a rescue dog into your family? Look at the faces of our rescue dogs, and realize that for every single one of them, at one or more points in their life they have been betrayed by a human that promised to care for them. They have been let down before, now it is their turn to choose their new family. If you are willing to put in the time and effort to train and work with a rescue dog, then please fill out our adoption application. If you are looking for a Perfect Pet, best go to a toy store and get a stuffed animal. =)

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WE DO NOT HAVE A FACILITY FOR YOU TO "TOUR". WE ARE A FOSTER BASED GROUP. PLEASE SET UP AN APPOINTMENT OR ATTEND AN ADOPTION EVENT IF YOU'D LIKE TO VISIT WITH ADOPTABLE ANIMALS!! THANK YOU!!





ADOPTION EVENT!



WE CURRENTLY HAVE NO ADOPTION EVENTS SCHEDULED. Please call 218-467-3309 and we'll arrange for you to meet a particular animal.

We host mini adoption days at the rescue most Saturdays, from noon til 5 pm. You must be preapproved to adopt- if you are interested in an animal please fill out the adoption application. http://whipstaff-ranch.com/Application_Form.html If you are approved you'll be contacted ASAP.

WE DO NOT HAVE A FACILITY FOR YOU TO "TOUR". WE ARE A FOSTER BASED GROUP. PLEASE SET UP AN APPOINTMENT OR ATTEND AN ADOPTION EVENT IF YOU'D LIKE TO VISIT WITH ADOPTABLE ANIMALS!! THANK YOU!!

Please be patient- we are all volunteers and work outside jobs as well as running the rescue. We appreciate your patience and understanding!



Our Philosophy

We work very hard to ensure that each animal that comes to the ranch, whether it be a hamster or a horse, be given individual attention on a daily basis. We work hard to ensure that each animal is given everything they need to heal and thrive, be it medical care, special food, chiropractic and massage or holistic remedies. We temperament test each animal on intake and work with them on a daily basis to get to know them. We will NOT adopt out an animal that we feel has an unstable or unsafe temperament as public safety is very important to us. As long as an animal remains healthy or treatable within reasonable means, and as long as they are sound in temperament then they can stay here until they find a home.

ADOPTION INFO

We Need Your Help!!

PLEASE NOTE- IF AN ANIMAL IS LISTED ON PETFINDER, IT IS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION **UNLESS** THE PROFILE STATES IT IS "ON HOLD!" IF YOU WANT TO ADOPT, FILL OUT THE APPLICATION FIRST, FOUND ON EACH ANIMAL'S PAGE WHERE IT SAYS- "CLICK HERE" TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION. DO NOT CALL THE RESCUE ASKING IF THE ANIMAL IS STILL HERE. IT IS, UNLESS IT SAYS ON HOLD. =) Once an application is approved, the animal will be placed "ON HOLD FOR ADOPTION" for your family.

YES! We do out of state adoptions. If you are in driving distance you can drive to an adoption event. Otherwise we will work with you to have your chosen pet flown to you. Please note that all travel expenses and the adoption fee will need to be paid PRIOR to reservations being made and the animal flown out. Current costs for having an animal flown out is 450.00. This includes the cost of the crate, health exam, health certificate, and flight. We apologize it costs so much but with rising fuel costs and securities the airlines are increasing prices monthly. We fly out of Bemidji MN. Please note that we have many regulations to follow to fly an animal out and it may take several weeks to get everything done and have good weather to fly. We are in Northern Minnesota, so our weather can change without notice. We do not fly out animals if it is lower than 20 degrees or higher than 75 degrees, for their safety. We strongly encourage you to drive to meet your pet.



Go Green and help feed the animals!!!

Please save for us your old cell phones, ink cartridges and toner cartridges. We are enrolled in a recycling program which pays us cash for these items. We also save aluminum cans for recycling.

Goodsearch for our rescue!!!

GoodSearch is a search engine which donates 50-percent of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. It's a simple and compelling concept. You use GoodSearch exactly as you would any other search engine. Because it's powered by Yahoo!, you get proven search results. The money GoodSearch donates to your cause comes from its advertisers the users and the organizations do not spend a dime! Just set your home page to www.goodsearch.com and set your preferred charity to WhipStaff Ranch and Rescue. With just a click you'll earn money that Goodsearch donates to our rescue once a year.

Equine Rescue

As a responsible Equine Rescue, we do not take in more animals than we can properly care for. We sadly have to turn animals away that need help due to lack of funds. We frequently have horses that are being rehabilitated that are not listed on petfinder, and maintain a waiting list for adopters so we can match them up- we place an average of 15-20 horses in new homes each year. With foreclosures hitting the nation, people have been forced to give up their pets- horses included. We need the public's help to care for these lost souls until permanent, loving homes can be found for them. If you'd like to donate a bale, please contact us. Last year we spent over 4,000.00 on hay alone. If we get donated hay, it helps free up funds to complete other projects such as tearing out and replacing old fencing, putting up a new field shelter etc.

We are also need of a small garden shed to store tack and equipment, a set of 12x38 tractor tires, a front end loader to fit a Farmall H, bucket, bale spike and a pipe round pen!

Donate to our Wish List!

Our Wish List: These are items we use on a daily basis and are always in need of. If you can donate an item it frees up funds to pay our vet bills!

Dry Dog food, dry puppy food, canned dog food, canned cat food, dry cat food, dry kitten chow, scoopable cat litter, pine shavings, straw, hay, rabbit pellets, guinea pig food, laying mash, sweet feed, horse dewormer, Weight Builder supplement for horses. Buckets, troughs and feeders are in high demand. Garden hoses, heated water buckets, extension cords. Fence posts, woven wire, electric fence wire and insulators and gates are in need as well. We are looking for several bundles of 8 foot long slab wood to rebuild a fence line.

We are saving building materials to construct an indoor kennel unit. We need steel roofing, 2x4 lumber, wiring, plumbing, windows and doors. Do you have items left over from a remodel? We'd love to have them!

We collect and use old satellite dishes. Yes, those big ugly dishes are recycled on our ranch into aviary's. We get many compliments on our round bird pens, and the secret is the satellite dish roof. We are glad to dismantle and remove your unwanted dishes. The bigger the better! We take fiberglass, steel or mesh dishes.

You can now make donations to our rescue efforts via Paypal! Please be sure to let us know which pet you'd like to help out with it!!

ADOPTION PROCEDURE!



Before an adoption can be approved, we must have an application back on file with a vet reference. This is done to ensure you have a vet available to you for ongoing care.

All dogs and cats MUST be spayed/neutered. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Once your application is approved, you will be contacted by our adoption coordinator. She will set up a time for you to come visit the animal if she feels it would be a good match. You may take the animal home that same day, as long as it has been sterilized. If it will be more than a week before you will be picking up the animal, we ask that half their adoption fee (listed on their petfinder page) be sent to the rescue as a deposit. Your deposit will not be returned to you if you change your mind or fail to show up to adopt. We have had to start enforcing this because of people that put an animal on hold, we turn down other homes, and they never come adopt. This only hurts the animal. Thank you for your understanding!

Adopting a friend

Remember that adoption is wonderful, but must be done with thought and concern for how you will care for the animal in the long term. Think about things that may happen- a marriage, moving, children- and how an animal would fit into the picture. Make your decision with your head as well as your heart.

If you see an animal that tickles your fancy, feel free to email (checked twice daily) or call between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm to set up an appointment to visit. Because WRAR is a working farm we may not be available for drop-in visitors, especially during the summer months, so animals are seen by appointment only. Additionally, adoptable rescue animals may be in foster homes so we may need to arrange for the foster to bring the animal to the ranch for an appointment. Thank you for your understanding!

We are happy to have you bring your entire family, including your family dog to meet a prospective adoptee. We ask that if you bring your dog to help pick out a new friend, your dog MUST be leashed because we do not allow loose dogs on our ranch. If you do not have a leash, do not take your dog out of the car without us providing you a leash.

PLEASE NOTE: We love children -- but because we are a working farm, we have livestock/equipment/fencing (such as electric fencing and large animals) which may be dangerous to small children. We do the best we can to limit these dangers, but please understand that YOU are responsible for watching your children. This is not a playground or petting zoo, nor are we babysitters. If your children have difficulty following direction, we will ask you to contain them in your vehicle or will provide you a leash. :o) This is only for your children's safety and well-being.

Certain areas of our ranch are OFF LIMITS to visitors. This includes our personal pets, our ranch animals and poultry, gardens, flowerbeds and fenced off areas. This is to help control the spread of disease as well as prevent accidents. Our ranch is enrolled in several state and federal programs with our poultry and livestock to stop the spread of disease. Due to biosecurity risks we cannot allow visitors to our barnyard. We are however more than happy to show you the animals available for adoption.

Come Visit Us!

From Bemidji take HWY 2 West. Go 4 miles past the town of Wilton, and take a right turn onto CTY RD 507 (Northwood Road). Go 1/2 mile to the first crossroads and take a right onto Flat Balsam RD. Go another 1/2 mile to the first road that turns left, and make the left hand turn onto Meadowview RD. We are the first farm on the left hand side, number 6185. Our mailbox has sheep on it. We have a log home and many outbuildings. You'll see a gigantic white pine by the driveway with a long row of kennels along side it, a pirate flag flying in the yard and farm equipment down by the road. If you are coming from the West, go 2 miles past the town of Solway- careful, if you blink you'll miss it! Take a left onto County Rd 507 just after 2 West Express gas station, and continue with the directions above.



Please understand that we are a family-run, volunteer-based rescue. We may not be available when you call as we have a working farm as well. Many times we are out feeding animals and cleaning pens. If you leave a message, your call will usually be returned within 24 hours. If you do not leave a message, we cannot call you back. Our animals are seen by appointment to ensure we can give you our undivided attention. Please call to make an appointment before driving out to ensure the animal you are interested in is still available for adoption. Dogs and cats are housed in foster homes as well and it may take a week to arrange a time that works for both parties to meet.



WhipStaff Ranch and Rescue
6185 Meadowview RD NW
Solway, MN 56678

Phone: 218-467-3309

Email: celtic@paulbunyan.net


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