About Pause 4 Paws

Pause 4 Paws was established in 2011 with a mission of working to ensure that dogs and cats are treated with dignity and respect.  Our Beneficiary Organizations have saved over 25,000 dogs and cats and spayed or neutered nearly 17,000 animals.  Pause 4 Paws (P4P) raises and distributes funds that support animal rescue programs’ efforts to:

  • Provide medical care and spay/neuter clinics;
  • Save lives by reducing animal euthanasia;
  • Find "forever homes" for all dogs and cats; and
  • Raise community awareness through public education and communication.

Pause 4 Paws supports 18 animal rescues and sanctuaries in Minnesota and a rescue in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Most animal rescues are small, volunteer-based community organizations that do not have staff available to spend time fundraising. P4P works on behalf of these organizations. Our goal is to support 10% of the groups that make up the animal rescue network in Minnesota. To date, Pause 4 Paws has distributed over $300,000 to its Beneficiary Organizations.

100% of the funds we distribute through P4P go directly to the support and care of the animals. 

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Upcoming Events

A Tail Wagging Affair

November 4, 2016

St. Anthony Main Building

219 SE Main Street

Minneapolis, MN 55414

Pause 4 Paws is pleased to announce our sixth annual fall fundraising event, A Tail-Wagging Affair, on Thursday, November 4, 2016 at the beautiful and modern Minneapolis Event Center located in the historic St. Anthony Main building. We hope you will join us for this signature event benefiting homeless dogs and cats throughout Minnesota and in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Founded in 2011, Pause 4 Paws is a volunteer run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides resources to 18 Minnesota rescues and animal sanctuaries.  In 2015, we also began supporting a  rescue in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  The funds we raise pay for emergency medical procedures, fund spay and neuter clinics, and provide food and pet supplies. Since our inception, we have helped Beneficiary Organizations care for and work to place more than 25,000 cats and dogs in forever homes and facilitated spay/neutering for nearly 17,000 animals. 

We hope you will join us for a fun and memorable evening featuring food stations, a silent auction, casino games with local celebrities as dealers and entertainment by a great magician.

The is annual convening of friends and supporters of Pause 4 Paws is made possible by the generous support of our Sponsors.  

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P4P Featured Partner

Top Dog Foundation

Top Dog Foundation's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and provide a loving and permanent home for dogs that are deemed “un-adoptable” because of age and health; that would otherwise be unnecessarily euthanized.

Top Dog's vision is that every senior dog; homeless, abandoned, or labeled “un-adoptable” and scheduled for expiration because of age, and health, will have a loving and permanent home . . . that their transition from this life will be in the arms of someone who loves them.

Bentley Grants

Bentley Grants were created to provide financial medical assistance to rescue groups and shelters to address serious health-related conditions of dogs in their care.

Downloads available:
Bentley Program Fact Sheet
Organization Application

Dog & Angels

A joint venture between Top Dog Foundation and Top Dog Country Club to provide permanent care for dogs whose owners want to ensure lifetime care in the event of their deaths.

The Sanctuary

Bentley’s Place is a permanent home for senior dogs with treatable health issues; those deemed un-adoptable.

The Top Dog Foundation aims to set a new standard for care of elder dogs. Top Dog Sanctuary will provide a wonderful home for senior dogs (typically age ten or older) to live into their golden years in a loving, permanent home . . . not a shelter.

Bentley’s Place will be the first of its kind, setting a new standard for the rescue and care of senior dogs. It will consist of both private and companion “family” suites for its residents, featuring orthopedic beds, soft music, incandescent lighting, air-conditioning, and air purification systems. A monitoring and security system will run 24 hours a day to ensure the health and safety of the “guests”.

Specifically designed indoor and outdoor parks will serve the relaxation and recreation needs of Top Dog Sanctuary’s elder residents. Staff will play with, care for, or just pet these lucky dogs as their needs dictate.

Bentley’s place includes a medical clinic, and hydrotherapy and rehabilitation center.

A training facility, crematory, and full-sized pool will be open to the public and will help to generate ongoing revenue to care for the residents.

These dogs will live with us at The Sanctuary until they die of natural causes or until their health issues reduce any reasonable quality of life.

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Donate

Your financial support enables Pause 4 Paws to help save the lives of animals and to improve their quality of life through rescue, adoption and sanctuary.  The funding that P4P distributes to its rescue organizations has helped save more than 25,000 animals and facilitated spay/neutering for nearly 17,000 dogs and cats, but our work is not done.  

Please consider joining our efforts by making a contribution.  You can give your support in any amount by making an on-line donation, or you can become a formal Pause 4 Paws Sponsor.

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Twin Cities Brewery Tours3 days agoJust under the wire for today's Wet Nose Wednesday! Meet Rosa, an adorable lab pup who is looking for a family to become her forever home.
Twin Cities Brewery Tours2 weeks agoWe?re thrilled to announce that Pause 4 Paws is officially an affiliate of Rescue Bank! We will soon have the opportunity to distribute donated pet food to local Minnesota shelters and rescues! We?re currently in the process of finding warehouse space and reviewing applications from local groups interested. ANY animal related group can apply to be part of the Rescue Bank. If you?re interested in starting the process, go to: http://rescuebank.org/recipient-guidelines/ More updates to come!

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Our sponsors lend their support to Pause 4 Paws through financial donations, media sponsorship, and in-kind services.

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