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Paws and Claws Humane Society

3224 19th St. NW
Rochester, MN 55901

Our Mission

The Paws & Claws Mission is to:

* Promote and provide humane protection and shelter for abandoned or lost companion animals.
* Seek adoptive homes for companion animals under our protective care.
* Provide public education regarding the societal problem of animal overpopulation.
* Promote the principles of responsible companion animal care.
* Advocate the spaying and neutering of all companion animals.

Paws & Claws does not euthanize except on the advice of a veterinarian in the case of critical injury, terminal illness, debilitating pain, or severe behavioral problem in which the animal is a danger to themselves, other animals or humans.

Adoption Policy

Although our shelter is open to potential adopters during the viewing hours listed on this page, Paws and Claws prefers to schedule viewings and adoptions by appointment. To make an appointment to meet and adopt one of the companion animals on our Website, we ask that you fill out an online application.

Potential adopters can either click on the ADOPTION APPLICATION link on the right side of this page, or visit our Website at and go to the "Willing to Adopt a Pet" section, then select the orange "Adoption Form" box. This will allow you to access the Adoption Guidelines and Application Form.

After reading the Adoption Guidelines, either complete the online adoption form and return it to us, or print the Adoption Form, fill in the required information, sign it, and email it back to us via You may list up to four animals that you would like to meet.

We review the emails every day. We will process all applications in the order that they are received and then once your application has been approved, we will contact you and set up an appointment for you to meet the animal(s) and if possible, do the adoption on the same day you come in.

  • day hours
    Monday 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    Tuesday 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    Thursday 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
    Friday 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    Saturday 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    Sunday Closed
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