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There are numerous organizations trying to protect animals and generate awareness about animal issues. Below are a few links to websites that provide further information.

NOTE: If an organization is missing from the list below that you believe is credible and helpful, please contact us with their name.


Animal Protection and Advocacy
The mission of each organization below varies, ranging from animal welfare to animal protection to animal rights.

American Humane

ASPCA: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Animal Welfare Institute

Best Friends Animal Society

BornFree USA Animal Protection Institute

Companion Animal Protection Society CAPS

Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM)

Friends of Animals

Helping Animals

Humane Society of the United States

In Defense of Animals

International Animal Rescue

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

League Against Cruel Sports

Kinship Circle

Maddie’s Fund

Noah’s Wish

Pasado’s Safe Haven

PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)

The Guardian Campaign

World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)


Animal Protection and Advocacy - MINNESOTA

Animal Folks MN

Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection

Animal Humane Society - Investigative Division/Public Policy

Minnesota Humane Society

Minnesota Federated Humane Societies

Animal Rights Coalition

CRY: Circus Reform Yes!

Compassionate Action For Animals


Animal Law

Animal Legal Defense Fund

Minnesota State Bar Association - Animal Law Committee

American Bar Association (ABA) - Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS); Animal Law Committee

William Mitchell Law School (Minnesota) – Animal Law

Hamline Law School (Minnesota) – Animal Law

Michigan State University College of Law: Animal Legal & Historical Web Center

TUFTS University: Center for Animals and Public Policy

Stanford Law School – Animal Law


Anti-Puppy Mill/ Auction/ Pet Store sites
Some of these sites are national; some state-specific.


Animal Health / Animal-Human Bond / Veterinarian Services

Humane Research Council

University of Minnesota; CENSHARE: Center to Study Human-Animal Relationships and Environments

Animal Population Health Institute

AAHA: American Animal Hospital Association

Program for Companion Animal Behavior, University of California Davis

Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society, University of Pennsylvania

Center for the Human-Animal Bond, Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine

AAVS: American Anti-Vivisection Society

The People-Pet Partnership (PPP), Washington State University

AVMA: American Veterinary Medical Association

MVMA: Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association

Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine

The Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights

National Association for Biomedical Research

Applied Animal Behaviour Science

Delta Society

Animal Behavior Society

Animals as Intermediaries (AAF)

The Animals & Society Institute

Latham Foundation

People, Animals, Nature (PAN)

Fur, Fins & Feathers


Vet Tech: Vet Tech Schools and Online Vet Tech Programs


Animal Lost and Found

Animal Humane Society

(This organization has a Lost and Found online Bulletin Board where lost and found pets can be posted -- specific to Minnesota.)

Second Chance Animal Rescue

(This website has a Lost Pet brochure specific to Minnesota. Go to site and click on brochure link on the home page: Lost Your Pet?.)


Pet Finders

Pet Harbor

Avian Rescue

World Animal Net Directory


Minnesota and National Spay and Neuter Networks and Services

MNSNAP: Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Progam

SPAY, Inc.




Animal Welfare, Sheltering and Control

Animal Sheltering

Society of Animal Welfare Administrators

NACA: National Animal Control Association

MACA: Minnesota Animal Control Association

Animal Rescue


Minnesota Animal Shelters, Rescue Groups, Humane Societies and Sanctuaries
It’s estimated there are over 175 humane societies, animal shelters, rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in Minnesota. There is not a comprehensive, up-to-date list. For now, please see links below to find a local animal shelter in your community. (If a shelter, rescue group or vet clinic takes in or advertises "strays," then they are licensed and inspected by the State of Minnesota. Many do not and are not. Before working with an organization, meet the people and confirm its reputation and animal care practices.)

Animal Humane Society (serving Minnesota and Upper Midwest)

Petfinder: Minnesota Animal Shelters


Pet Industry

APPMA: American Pet Product Manufacturers Association

Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council

National Council on Pet Population Study & Policy

AKC: American Kennel Club

CFA: Cat Fanciers Association

Dog Owner’s Guide

NAIA: National Animal Interest Alliance



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