As a Minnesota-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal rescue organization, The Rescue Crew strives to prevent the unnecessary euthanasia of companion animals by finding them loving forever homes.
What We Do.
We rescue dogs and cats of all sizes, ages, breeds and conditions; with our priority being the most urgent pets in our local shelters in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and impounds throughout the state of Minnesota that are facing imminent risk of euthanasia without rescue support.
Why We Save. The Rescue Crew was created specifically to help fill a need in the local Twin Cities metropolitan area, and more broadly throughout the state of Minnesota, to help shelter animals facing imminent risk of euthanasia without rescue support.
Every year approximately 6.3 million unwanted, abandoned or lost companion animals enter U.S. shelters nationwide every year. Thankfully, while this number is still staggeringly big, the number has reduced over the past decade; the estimated number in 2011 was 7.2 million. While some are lucky enough to be adopted into loving, responsible homes, there are far more animals in need of a family than there are people willing to foster and adopt them. As a result, many healthy, young and adoptable pets are killed.
Every year, approximately 920,000 dogs and cats are killed in shelters across the U.S.
It's true.. it's estimated 390,000 dogs and 530,000 are euthanized annually.
That's more than 2,500 every day!!!
Many municipal shelters and contracted animal control agencies euthanize stray animals if not reclaimed by their owner within five days or quickly taken in by a rescue organization.
The preceding data are ASPCA estimates.
Where We Save.
The animals who are in need of foster care come to us from various different situations:
Shelter & Impounds
Owner Surrenders & Returns
Shelters & Impounds.The Rescue Crew takes in animals from local shelters and humane societies. These shelters are located primarily within the Twin Cities metropolitan area, but we partner with shelters across the entire state and a select group of out of state shelters.
Tribal lands & communities. There are a number of reservations in Minnesota and neighboring states where opportunities for housing and needed veterinary care of companion animals is poor or non-existent. As is the case in the United States as a whole, the problem of pet overpopulation on these tribal lands can be even more extreme.
Owner surrenders & returns. Many animals are surrendered each year by their owners. Sometimes there are circumstances beyond one’s control. An owner may become ill and is no longer able to care for their pet. Or the owner passes away, and there is no family member willing and/or able to care for their pet.
Then, there are some pets that are victims, through no fault of their own, when their owners are unable or unwilling to meet the demands of pet ownership. The puppy is too active or got too big, the cat is clawing on furniture, the dog/cat is too old, etc.
The Rescue Crew also strives to make a lifetime commitment to every animal we rescue. This means that if, for any reason, an adopter can no longer keep their adopted pet, we request they contact us so we can make every effort to secure foster placement so the pet can come back to us or another rescue organization. If one of our adopted pets ends up at a shelter, we will pick the animal up and take them back into rescue. All of our adopted pets are microchipped, and our name stays on the chip as a Guardian for the life of the animal, so we will always be notified if one of our adopted pets sadly finds its way into a shelter or impound.
Rescue transfers. On occasion, we may be asked to assist with placement of an animal in the care of another rescue organization. When these organizations feel they do not have appropriate and proper placement for the pet, or they have no available foster homes, they may reach out to one of the other many rescue organizations, like The Rescue Crew, requesting assistance in placing the pet. Alternatively, there may be instances where we do the same and seek help from other rescue partners.