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 11 animal rescues and sanctuaries in Minnesota and supports the rescue community 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 since 2011.

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

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Give to the Max, please!

As you know, November 15th is Give to the Max day in Minnesota. We hope that you will consider a donation to Pause 4 Paws in your giving plans.  As an all-volunteer organization, the funds we raise go directly to the care and support of animals.  Our priorities for 2019 are to

  • Continue supporting spay/neutering efforts across Minnesota and in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico;
  • Supporting our 11 Beneficiary Organizations financially and through cross-promotion;
  • Providing emergency medical care, food and supplies for animals in need; and
  • Working to build a network of foster families and supporters! 

Will you join us?  Visit our Give to the Max page today! 


A (Starbuck's) Coffee and a Collar

We are so grateful to Starbuck's Coffee for their partnership and generosity in hosting a Pet Supply Drive at 13 of their locations around the Twin Cities.  Starting November 15th and through December 31st, stop by any of the Starbucks locations below to drop off a donation of pet supplies -- Leashes, Collars, Toys, Food bowls, Unopened food or treats are all welcome and appreciated (new items only, please)!  

The items we collect will be distributed among our Beneficiary Organizations and Partners.

  • Eden Prairie Center
  • Eden Prairie Drive Thru - Prairieview Center
  • Eden Prairie - Hwy 62 & Shady Oak Road
  • Eden Prairie - Anderson Lakes
  • Chanhassen
  • Golden Valley
  • Plymouth - Vicksburg Lane
  • Plymouth - Campus Drive
  • Wayzata Drive Thru
  • Wayzata - East Lake Street
  • Waconia
  • Maple Grove - Dunkirk Ave
  • Maple Grove - Elm Creek Boulevard



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 Tours4 days agoPause 4 Paws added 2 new photos.Will you consider donating to Pause 4 Paws on this Give to the Max Day? Our mission is to ensure that all animals are treated with dignity and respect. We accomplish this by providing financial support to animal rescue groups around the state of Minnesota and in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. By donating to P4P you will help us provide emergency medical care, vaccinations, and spay/neutering for animals in need. And 100% of the funds we distribute go directly to the care of the animals! Every little bit helps. Will you help us? Click to donate today! https://www.givemn.org/organization/Pause-4-Paws-1
Twin Cities Brewery Tours5 days agoWe have exciting news! Starting this Thursday through the end of the year, drop by a participating Starbucks* and donate any new or gently used pet supplies. It?s a chance to warm your heart and your soul at the same time ???????? *Participating locations are listed below the Starbucks logo

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.