Success Stories

The generous contributions from our donors and Sponsors make a huge difference in the lives of Minnesota’s cats and dogs. Here are a few success stories that demonstrate the value of your support for our Beneficiary Organizations:


Sammy was hit by a car and his owners had to surrender him because they could not afford the medical care. The animal hospital called all of the rescues on their list and they none of them would help this cat.  Pause 4 Paws agreed to step in to help.  The vet’s assessment was that the Sammy's upper and lower jaws were broken and would need extensive surgery to reconstruct his face and skull. Unfortunately, the vet had to remove Sammy’s lower jaw as it was broken in too many pieces, but he did well during surgery and he was released to a foster family later that week. As shown in the picture above, Sammy is making a full recovery. 



Frankie was rescued by Pause 4 Paws' Executive Director, Jill Goldstein, at her family lake cabin.  A friend of Jill's took Frankie in as a foster kitty and eventually adopted him.  They named him after Frank Sinatra and now Frankie helps socialize other foster cats who are scared and shy (often a key barrier to adoption).  

Mocha and Barkley

Mocha was born on a reservation in the Dakotas and had no place to call home – at two months old Mocha was already a stray dog.  Thankfully the good people of Lake Traverse Animal Rezcue saved her.  Mocha was transported to Minnesota where she became part of the Rescued Tails family and went into our Rush to Rescue program at the correctional facility in Rush City, MN.  We are happy to report that Mocha now has a canine buddy and human boy to play with in her loving, adoptive forever home.

Barkley was found in the old dairy barn sitting on top of some hay bales. He was covered in fleas and painfully thin. With a little time and patience we were able to coax him to come to us, and after a few days at the vet, and lots of fluids, Barkley is back with us and doing much better. Unfortunately Barkley has been diagnosed with kidney failure, but Rescue Tails is making him comfortable and giving him lots of love and care. 


The Lake Traverse Animal Rezcue found Foxy as a stray with a badly injured leg.  The vet diagnosed that her leg was was fractured and infected, and needed to be amputated.  After an initial exam and x-rays, the vet determined that Foxy's leg was fractured in two places, and that her hip was out of the socket.  Fortunately, an orthopedic surgeon happened to be visiting the office, and did the surgery to repair the leg.  Pause 4 Paws was pleased to be able to provide reimbursement for the costs associated with caring for Foxy! 


In May, a collie breeder in Colorado reached out to a former president of the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue (MWCR) who had worked with her in the past.  The breeder had a 10-week-old collie puppy with patent ductus arteriousus, a congenital heart defect that is fatal without surgical correction.  The breeder did not have access to the specialty care the puppy needed and offered to surrender the puppy to the Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue if we would provide the life-saving surgery he needed.

Chance, who is now known as Finn, was fostered in the Twin Cities and was evaluated by Dr. Christopher Stauthammer, a cardiologist at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center, who determined that Chance would be a good candidate for surgery. After his successful surgery on May 25, 2016, Chance became a very active puppy who clearly did not want to remain quiet for two weeks as Dr. Stauthammer had ordered. 

In early June, Finn was adopted into a household with an older collie from MWCR who taught him all he needed to know. Finn is well behaved, stays in the front yard when off the leash, and comes when called.  He and his older collie brother had just returned from a stay at the family's cabin on the lake where Finn learned to chase waves. Finn has another echocardiogram scheduled this fall to verify that the surgery was successful in correcting the heart defect.  Because of the life-saving efforts of this remarkable group of people, Finn will lead a normal, long, and happy life.


Lady is a five-year-old German Shepherd and she is a special girl. Lady was a red tag, meaning she was on the euthanasia list, and she seemed to have given up. Lady was underweight and her backbone was sticking out. At the vet, she was diagnosed as malnourished, heart worm positive, "dude aggressive" (hates men), and had a double ear infection. Lady survived the heart worm treatment but remained weak, lethargic and vomiting.

Another trip to the vet...another diagnosis. Pregnant and due soon! This skinny girl was carrying 5 babies. Lady came to get her foster mother when it was time and she was with Lady all night. Two of the pups did not survive, which caused Lady some additional anxiety.  

"A week later, I received a phone call that a Pug had been killed and that her one week old babies needed a mother. Lady took the Pug puppies in immediately, as though they were her own, and was much happier with her mismatched litter of five. Lady’s puppies have been adopted and she has since turned into quite the puppy herself. She has discovered toys, walks, and she loves to go for rides in the car! Lady is the dedicated protector of our foster home."

However, Lady's success story is not complete. We are still looking for a forever home for Lady, and we are confident the right family is out there! For information about adopting Lady, please contact us at


Max was a young cat that was dumped off in the middle of the winter at a casino.  He was found almost frozen in a snow bank.  Max’s tail was so badly frozen that it had been “de-gloved” (the skin and hair had all come off) and it looked like a twig.  The vet determined that what remained of Max’s tail would need to be removed, but they did not realize was how severe the injury really was.  The frostbite was so extensive that Max had to have some skin and tissue remove from his buttocks.  Max stayed with the Lake Traverse Animal Rescue for several weeks while he recovered from his surgery. Finally, Max’s health improved and he is cleared for adoption.  For more information about adopting Max, please contact us at


A call from a concerned citizen in February during the cold snap alerted Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue (RLRR) of a stray dog that was starving and freezing in her yard. The large pup was basically hairless, wandering from house to house in search of food and shelter. On arrival to the RLRR shelter, Bobo received treatments for his conditions and lots of good food and water. As he started feeling better, Bobo’s personality began to emerge and he soon became a favorite little man. Bobo left the shelter in March on his way to a very special foster home. Four months after Bobo was rescued, he found his forever home.


Kingsly, a sweet little yellow lab puppy, had been chained up 24/7 by his previous owners.  He was most likely in kept a garage where he had unfortunately chewed up a car battery, which severely burned Kingsly’s tongue and mouth. The Morrison County Animal Humane Society took Kinglsy into their care and when he first arrived at his foster home, he could not eat or drink due to his injuries. His foster mom, Rose, had to give Kingsly food and fluids through a syringe.  After some TLC, Kingsly began to eat, drink, and play. Rose and her family loved Kingsly (now named Huntley) so much that he became part of their family.


Ross was five days old when he came into rescue. He was born in a barn and his mother abandoned him. He was severely underweight and as Ross started to mature, we could tell he was struggling with motor skills. He struggled to walk,use a litter box and eat from a dish. He had to be bottle fed until he was much older than the average kitten.

It turned out that Ross had a condition call Cerebellum Hypoplasia, a condition caused by a virus that his mother had while she was pregnant. Eventually, Ross learned to use a high sided litter box and eat from a dish. He liked to play with the other foster kittens, but he could only walk about five feet prior to losing his balance. Ross would slide down the stairs to join his foster family, but never learned to climb back up the slippery wood stair case. Ross found his forever home when he was ten months old. He learned to climb up their carpeted stairs so he can always be with his family!