Who We Are

Pause 4 Paws was established in 2011 with a mission of working to ensure that dogs and cats are treated with dignity and respect.  Pause 4 Paws supports 17 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 Beneficiary Organizations have saved over 31,000 dogs and cats and spayed or neutered more than 21,000 animals. To date, Pause 4 Paws has distributed over $350,000 to its beneficiary organizations and in 2017 we have raised an additional $30,000 for two Special Initiatives -- Gotta Getta Gato and Food 4 Paws. 

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 3, 2017 at 6 p.m. -- RSVP today! 

Minneapolis Event Center

212 2nd Street SE


"A Tail Wagging Affair" is an annual convening of friends and champions of Pause 4 Paws to benefit our Beneficiary Organizations. 100% of the funds we raise go directly to the support and care of the animals. 

We hope you will join us for this fun and memorable evening featuring gourmet food stations, craft beer tastings, casino tables with local celebrity dealers, a live auction, dozens of silent auction items and exciting entertainment from Table Salt Productions.

We are grateful for our many Sponsors, without whom the night would not be possible.  Don't miss it!  


Walk 4 Paws

Thanks to everyone who came out for our first annual Walk 4 Paws!  It was a beautiful day and the event was a big success.  We are grateful for your support! 



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 31,000 animals and facilitated spay/neutering for nearly 21,000 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 Tours1 week agoA Tail Wagging Affair is only a few weeks away -- please join us! We have a great lineup of celebrity dealers for our casino tables and lots of other fun activities and entertainment. RSVP by clicking the picture below -- see you on November 3rd!
Twin Cities Brewery Tours2 weeks agoGreat success story highlighting our beneficiary organization, Minnesota-Wisconsin Collie Rescue. Seven-month old Piper is recovering from a pelvic fracture and rather than send her on a several-hour car trip to her foster home in Wisconsin, MN/WI Collie Rescue enlisted the help of Jim, a commercial pilot who owns his own plane. Jim flew into the Airlake Airport in Lakeville and picked up Piper and her bags of puppy food from our Rescue Bank. Piper flew off in style! Thanks for the great story --

Our Sponsors

Our sponsors lend their support to Pause 4 Paws through financial donations, media sponsorship, and in-kind services.  These sponsorships provide critical support for the daily work and operation of our organization as well as our fundraising efforts -- 100% of the funding we distribute through P4P goes directly to the support and care of the animals. 

We are extremely grateful for the dedication and support we receive from our Sponsors.