The Rescue Crew continues to made great progress to help save even more animals and end the killing of dogs and cats in our local shelters. While 2020 presented us with unprecedented challenges in not only our daily lives, but also in the world of animal rescue due to COVID, we worked to overcome them. Despite these challenges, our lifesaving work didn’t stop. For that matter, it didn’t even slow down – it nearly doubled.
Our annual intakes (animals entering the rescue) and outcomes normalized post-COVID in 2021 and we anticipate our annual growth to be approximately 10% year over year as we move forward.
We never imagined that a tiny little rescue focusing on animals in need at our local shelters—a rescue that was just a concept in the Summer of 2017—would grow so significantly and be able to make such a major impact in our community; that within our second and third full years of operation we would be helping more local animals from the largest Twin Cities area municipal shelters than any other rescue.
When The Rescue Crew began operations we estimated the number of animals we could take in during our first year would be about 40. Knowing our background, and the founders’ passions for the bully breeds and dogs on the reservation, we also assumed we’d be primarily helping dogs. We far surpassed our estimate by more than fivefold, taking in 214 animals our first full year of operations – 45% of those were cats.
For 2023, for the first year ever, we are on track to rescue over 1,000 dogs and cats. The majority of these rescue pets come from shelters and impounds across the state of Minnesota. The Rescue Crew, since our very first year, has always and continues to be one of the local rescues making the biggest impacts with regard to helping animals out of shelters and impounds in the Twin Cities metro area.
Expanding Our Reach.
With your support we continue to expand our reach throughout the state of Minnesota, making frequent trips of 200 or more miles to help animals beyond the metro. We’ve been able to assist more than 20 shelters and impounds throughout the state. We’ve also expanded our partnerships with veterinary clinics and have relationships with over twenty different clinics reaching 90 our more miles in any direction of the Twin Cities and as far as Duluth.
Animals Saved and Pets Adopted.
Since our founding in October 2017, we've experienced tremondous growth and have virtually doubled our impact year over year. We take in stray or surrendered dogs and cats of all sizes, ages, breeds and conditions - many that have been neglected or abandoned, and we've been able to place nearly 2500 of these deserving companion animals in adoptive homes.