P4P Partners

Pause 4 Paws has been fortunate to establish a number of partnerships with fellow animal rescue, respite and spay and neuter organizations that support our community's commitment to treating all animals with respect.  We are pleased to be able to highlight the work of these organizations.  

Pay It Forward

Pause 4 Paws is thrilled to announce the we have been accepted to participate in "Every Swipe Benefits Charity" program, sponsored by Pay It Forward Processing, a socially responsible company that provides electronic payment solutions with a twist.  

Through this program, Pause 4 Paws will receive the net proceeds from every business account that designates us as its beneficiary.  With every swipe, PFProcessing will donate money to our cause.  This program benefits P4P as well as the businesses that participate.  

More details coming soon! 

Halo Pet Food

In October 2016, Halo donated 850 pounds of pet food for distribution among our Pause 4 Paws Beneficiary Organizations.  We are grateful to Halo and Bone Marche for their support!  


We are grateful to United Airlines for their partnership in our Gotta Getta Gato initiative -- relocating nearly 80 cats from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Minneapolis in February/March 2017.  

In addition to giving Pause 4 Paws a great deal on the cost of the travel through United Airlines' PetSafe program, the airline profiled our Gotta Getta Gato initiative on its website and through its employee newsletter.  We received a number of donations from United employees who heard about our work through the article.

Thanks, United -- you really do "fly the friendly skies"!  

Leech Lake Legacy Spay/Neuter Clinic

Leech Lake's February 2017 spay/neuter clinic was a “transport” clinic.  In the winter months, they drive to Leech Lake Reservation to pick up the animals the day before the clinic and return them to the Twin Cities clinic location.  This is a 9 or 10-hour round trip!  The animals are walked and fed and settled in for the night. They have surgery the following day, and a returned to Leech Lake Reservation the day after that.  

In the weeks preceding the transport clinic, appointments get made, keeping us within the limits we have for species, sex, and size. Priority is given to people who have been waiting the longest for spay/neuter (since their last clinic in September 2016).  

When the animals arrived Friday night, volunteers were on hand to make sure the animals were fed and watered, the dogs were walked, and everyone got settled into a cozy bed for the night.  Bright and early Saturday morning, volunteers brought the animals to Kindest Cut for surgery. After they were awake and alert, the animals were brought back to their cages and kennels for walks and a bit to eat.  Volunteers provided animal care well into the evening.  Reminder calls went out to all the patient families to be ready and waiting to pick up their pets upon their return to Leech Lake Reservation. As part of discharge, every animal was given a goodie bag with some donated toys and treats to go along with their meds and paperwork.

Leech Lake made an extra effort to take lots of photos of the animals throughout the entire clinic weekend and posting them on Facebook.  It’s hard for families to send their beloved pets away for three days for surgery, so it’s important for us to keep them and their pets connected while they’re apart.

25 cats and dogs got sterilized, preventing lots of unwanted litters and bringing the other benefits of spay/neuter, namely preventing some cancers and diseases and curbing unwanted behaviors.  To learn more about the work that Leech Lake does every day, visit their website at http://www.leechlakelegacy.org/

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.

Downtown Dogs

The mission of Downtown Dogs is to improve the quality of live of dogs, their people, and the community through care, education, and advocacy.

Values govern how we interact with our customers, employees, and dogs. We are proud to say we are a business that has values and even prouder of how they show up in everything we do.

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Accountability

Helping Less Fortunate Dogs

By doing something great for your dog, you are also helping many others! Downtown Dogs donates a portion of our revenue to helping less fortunate dogs. Downtown Dogs fosters over 100 homeless dogs per year. We also support dogs at Underdog Rescue, Pet Haven, and Home for Life Animal Sanctuary.


We are stewards not only of animals but the entire planet. Our “green” practices include:

  • The rubber mats in the New York Room save your dogs' joints and save thousands of tires from landfills
  • Our HVAC/Air filtration systems take about the same amount of electricity as a 100 watt light bulb.
  • Our white roof reduces greenhouse emissions to the ozone layer and saves significant amounts of natural resources with its energy efficiency.

It doesn’t end there.

  • On their own time our staff donates our left over food to Red Lake Rosie's
  • Staff volunteer in the community with our Certified Therapy Dogs
  • Community involvement in building dog parks, helping the neighborhood and volunteering on boards for the City of Minneapolis.