Mending Spirits Animal Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)3 100% unpaid volunteer foster based animal rescue in Mankato, MN founded in October 2013. We serve vast communities in need throughout Minnesota and all over the United States. Mending Spirits Animal Rescue is a team comprised of committed volunteers, foster homes, licensed veterinarians, trainers, groomers and educators. We are able to successfully rescue animals from animal impound, high kill facilities, owner surrenders, strays and puppy mills then place them into well-paired, permanent homes. We serve as a rescue for the community, while we educate and advocate: responsible pet ownership, over population control, spaying/neutering, behavioral management, training, proper preventative, and maintenance care.
On average, 41 percent of animals in our care have needed mending, both medically, and emotionally. We began operating in late October 2013, and successfully placed a total of 32 dogs and cats into forever homes. Between 2014 and 2015 we secured rescue and forever adoptive placement for over 600 animals. As of December 2016, we have exceeded 350 animals rescued with adoptive placements.
We successfully rescued multiple dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, birds, a pot bellied pig and even a turtle. In addition, we are proudly able to serve as a solid resource by keeping people and pets together with a 90% success rate,by providing behavioral coaching and support. One of the leading reasons animals are homeless is because of behavioral issues with their pet and pet owners lacking support on how to manage. In addition, by our volunteers arranging placements for local animals that are impounded, owner surrenders, homeless, urgent care, medical/behavioral needs, we have been able to drastically lower euthanasia rates within some holding facilities down to 1%.
Our rescue is solely funded on adoption fees and heart-felt donations in order to sustain the needs of the animals we serve. Overall, adoption fees contribute to 87% of our funding, while donations complete the remaining 13%. To properly sustain animals in our care we need to provide all of their essentials for their on-going care. Routinely, we provide all of our animals with vaccines, microchips, spay and neuter surgery, heartworm testing, and preventatives. We, lovingly, have taken on several special needs animals which have had a variety of critical medical challenges. Some of our special needs cases have included: seizure disorders, diabetic conditions, aging related conditions, end of life hospice care, heartworm infection, Cushing's disease, traumatic injury, physical abuse, neglect, mange, infection, starvation, disability, dentals, and other life threatening conditions. Unfortunately, the adoption fees do not cover all the costs we incur, especially if an animal has extensive medical needs, or resides in foster care for a long duration.
Please help us continue our mission of being the “bridge between; for an animal in need” as we work to ensure an animal will “never be alone and forever in a home”.