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Minn-kota paaws

25 21st st. s.
Fargo, ND 58103

User Reviews (80)

  • 1. Disappointed

    by: bluefairy

    If you can not afford anything more than 100$ go to Paaws. If you can afford it drive to a vet outside of the city. SERIOUSLY. All of these positive comments are from volunteers and pro fixing people. It is great to fix your pet but go somewhere that doesn't work on your pet in an assembly line. That is how these places do it. At an actual vet practice your pet is the one concentrated on; not amongst 10 other pets. My dog has just started to show problems with incontinence 3 weeks after surgery. Of ALL the pets I have had (most male dogs) fixed I have never had this problem. I will never advocate for a charity organization for fixing a pet. I would rather drive 50 miles to go to a good affordable vet than go back to this place.

    Pros

    cheap

    Cons

    post surgery effect

  • 2. Their spaying & neutering program helped my friend Terry

    by: AndrewP58102

    I am very impressed with the work Minn-Kota PAAWS does. My friend Terry had a number of cats that needed to be spayed & neutered, and they did an absolutely wonderful job. Thanks for doing what you do. A service that is so important, because not only does it improve the health of the cats but it prevents more over population.

    Pros

    Very reasonable pricing, great staff and good people

    Cons

    None

  • 3. Livesavers....really!

    by: LoisE

    My daughter worked with PAAWS to live trap and spay/neuter a family of cats that had moved into her neighborhood. She doesn't know what she would have done without the help of PAAWS in this situation. The story ended well....and each cat got a great home. Thanks PAAWS!

    Pros

    Dedicated people

    Cons

    Needs more space to help more animals!

  • 4. Great People

    by: bunnieluv

    I enjoy going to Minn-Kota PAAWSS because all the staff is so friendly. Everyone is so eager to assist in any way they can..I have adopted my 2 male big boys from them...Thank You Minn-Kota PAAWS

    Pros

    Great Service & resorces

    Cons

    none

  • 5. great title

    by: purrieja

    One of my best friends volunteers here and I love it because I know how much she loves. Hardworking, caring volunteers-one and all

    Pros

    Fulfill a great need

    Cons

    way too small

  • 6. great name

    by: purrdog3

    The volunteers at PAAWS are incredible. They work tirelessly in their efforts. Not only are they the only low cost spay/neuter assistance program in our area-they try hard to help in the rescue effort. Because of their small area they cannot do as much of this as they'd like. But I know they have saved hundreds of cats!!!!

    Pros

    This is the best place ever

    Cons

    only that it is so small

  • 7. A much needed service!

    by: DLang

    I like the fact that Minn-Kota PAAWS is making a difference in reducing the number of unwanted pets by spaying and neutering animals for people who want to be responsible, but cannot afford the regular vet fees. They also help by trapping, spaying/neutering feral and barn cats and finding homes for rescued cats, pound cats and Ferals. A much needed service that helps in many ways.

    Pros

    -

    Cons

    -

  • 8. PAAWS does a great service for pet owners

    by: janeite4

    A year or so ago, my brother wanted to get his cat spayed, but on a limited income he just couldn't afford it. Luckily, I had just been to the local cat show and had learned about PAAWS. I gave him their flyer and told him to call.He did and thankfully they were able to get Lola in right away. She only had to stay overnight and she got her much needed shots as well, all at a very reasonable price. My brother said they were very nice, really knew their stuff, and the facility was well cared for. Lola was fine in a few days and she's a bright and spunky kitty today!I will always recommend PAAWS to those who can't afford the very important spaying/neutering of their pets.

    Pros

    Affordable, flexible, very caring

    Cons

    Would like to see more clinics open in greater MN

  • 9. What Wonderful People!!

    by: littlejennyo

    I highly recommend this shelter to anyone wanting to give a good, loving home to an animal in need. The people who work with this shelter are knowledgeable and truly do have the animals' welfare in mind. They have rescued and saved many lives of homeless pets who have been cast aside and have found forever loving homes for these animals. I would highly recommend this shelter to anyone who is looking for a long-term furry companion and has a lot of love to give to them.

    Pros

    Has saved lots of cats from Death Row

    Cons

    None.

  • 10. We need more places like this one

    by: NonB

    We need more organizations like this one. They do what all other organizations should be doing which is puting the animals needs.

    Pros

    They are doing what other places should do, in regards to the assistance they give to individuals that can not afford services.

    Cons

    They need more funding just like every other organization that is doing what is right.

  • 11. Great idea

    by: hjartland

    I have yet to take advantage of their services. That said, I am excited by their mission. It is what I have been wishing to find in a local animal rescue group. The notion of trap-neuter-release is a fantastic one. That coupled with low cost spay - neuter is brilliant! It saves animal's lives. It also reduces the financial burden on local governments by reducing the need for pounds and animal control persons. We need more programs like this across the nation. We can do this!

    Pros

    A fantasic concept

    Cons

    Not enough people know about them

  • 12. a great service to Fargo area

    by: cherish2484

    I am so appreciative of the PAWS project. I have fostered kittens in the past and have spayed and neutured three of them through PAWS. I always had great experiences. I adopted my first dog about a year and a half ago. She was almost four years old, so neglected and had never seen a vet. I contacted PAWS in August to get information on getting her spayed and what vaccinations they could offer. I'm in college, and knew I had to wait until I bought my books at the beginning of the semester in 4 weeks (they were $900 the year before!) to determine when I could afford the service. I wasn't sure when she would be going into heat either, as the last owners didn't keep track and I was concerned about that being an issue also. They asked me a few questions about my income, and gave me the regular price for spaying a small dog. She then asked me what I could afford if I had to do it next week. I gave her a price and she signed me up for the last available opening the very next week. She said the sooner she received her rabies shot and was spayed the better and not to worry about the cost. When I brought Angel in for her appointment the next week, they simply asked that I consider making a donation of the difference in cost (the discount they gave me) to the shelter when I knew I could afford it. I was so grateful to get her taken care of, and it sounds silly but I felt like the ability to get health care was such a great gift for this poor little dog who had received so little in her 4 years! (Next on the gift list was getting rid of her Old Roy dog food the old owners fed her! )The vet even called me during her surgery to ask if I would like him to remove her dew claws, which I guess they don't normally do, for $5 because he was scared that since she was now living inside they would get ripped off when she got her claws snagged in the carpet. The facility is housed in a run down dirty warehouse type building. (Notice I said housed in, I'm not saying the facility was dirty. They do the best with what they have.) There is a small sign on the front, but it's nothing that advertises or draws attention to what's housed inside. The front office doubled as a recovery room, and space is very limited. All the more reason they deserve the ability to upgrade their facility. I honestly hope in the future I can expand on Lori's operation and open a PAWS in another community in need.

    Pros

    very accommodating, service-not money-is their motivation

    Cons

    small space, lack of "curb appeal?" to generate interest

  • 13. PAAWS for a worthy cause

    by: Fiery

    When we first got Neko and Chiana I was determined to get them spayed. I wasn't, however, prepared for how hideously expensive it was going to be. I was talking to the lady at Critter's Feed and Seed, where I buy my cat food, and she recommended a group called Minn-Kota PAAWS for low-income assistance with spaying my cats. They were able to do the spaying for both cats for half of what the vet wanted for one. I really don't know how I would have been able to have been able to afford it otherwise. PAAWS was wonderful with my two cats. They answered all my questions and concerns, and provided me with an after hours contact number in case they had problem. They are an incredible group of people and I wish I could do more than writing a review on a website with my fingers crossed that they do well in the Makeover contest. Thank you PAAWS for helping Neko and Chiana!!!!

    Pros

    angels in disguise

    Cons

    they can't help everybody

  • 14. Creating a solution through spay, neuter and adoption

    by: pkm24

    PAAWS is making a huge difference in the lives of animals in this area. They are helping people that might otherwise not be able to spay and neuter their cats, and also trying to adopt out cats. Many of the cats they work with have been trapped and then worked with so they can be put in loving homes. Please help them improve the lives of animals in this community through donations and by being responsible and sterilizing your pets.

    Pros

    They care about animals in this area

    Cons

    They need a larger space

  • 15. Goo dTime

    by: Wdoyel

    I wasn't involved with Paaws until this contest, of course I knew OF them and heard good things, but now only through postings and emails, messages, have I discovered for myself what a fun bunch of caring people they are... and a non-profit in the community that is making a difference!

    Pros

    friendly

    Cons

    I need more contact with them

  • 16. Helpful staff

    by: angeloftheprairie

    So...my dog is only scheduled for vet services, but the help I've received over the phone has been awesome! We had to reschedule because our dog went into heat right before the appointment date. The lady that answered the phone was knowledgeable, helpful, and very nice. I will post more after Quincy has had her surgery at the end of the month.

    Pros

    Very helpful staff

    Cons

    None

  • 17. Great Low Cost Spay/Neuter

    by: Chokie

    I volunteered for Minn-Kota PAAWS in 2005 and put a website on for them. It was before they had a building, it seems like a long time ago! I got to meet some real great people and got the chance to work real hard on fundraising. I wish this group had all area vets giving assistance, in larger areas vets do public service for so many hours a month as a donation, I have two vet buddies on the west coast that do it and I know a couple FM vets do it or did it. Unfortunately they did it at a previous clinic in another stay before moving here, or they do it in the winter for several months each year, in another country. Area vets should be providing some type of assistance, even a few hours a month. I'm glad for the vets that do the work for PAAWS at the current time, they understand the need and they want to assist. A real big HIGH FIVE to the vets that work with PAAWS now and another big HIGH FIVE to all the volunteers, keep up the wonderful work ;)

    Pros

    Only place to find lower cost for spay/neuter in the area

    Cons

    Not able to get all area vets to participate

  • 18. A great organization to have in our communitee

    by: tdawgs

    When i brought my two female terriers in for spaying, they immediately put my mind at ease by assuring that my pets would be well taken care of. This is a great organization to have in our fargo-moorhead area as not every pet loving family can afford the neccessary surgery of spaying/neuturing. Keep up the great work!

    Pros

    very friendly staff and volunteers, excellent handling of the pets

    Cons

    small space for office, surgery and recovery

  • 19. New to The area.

    by: jennypinfargo

    I just moved to Fargo from a citi that was over twice the size and I think what they are doing here is so great!! I wish that every place had a place like PAWWS with people that care this much!!

    Pros

    Everything about this place is a PRO

    Cons

    They need to be bigger!!

  • 20. Helpful, and handy!

    by: ReAnna46

    Everyone at Minn- Kota Paaws is very out going and knows what they're doing! I love just visiting when i visit. They love the animals that they have in the shelter and treat them as their own childeren.

    Pros

    Lots of cats!

    Cons

    Not enough space for the animals

  • 21. Minn-Kota PAWWS helps feral cats

    by: KarenRE

    Minn-Kota PAAWS offers a unique service to spay and vaccinate pets. They find homes for strays and if there is no home to be found they will assist a community in working to resolve issues with strays and feral cats to stop the spread of unwanted and unhealthy cats/kittens.

    Pros

    Unique service that helps feral cats as well as pets

    Cons

    Can't think of anything negative here

  • 22. What a great service!

    by: jenonmyown

    I had such a great experience with Minn-Kota PAAWS. The staff was great, my kitty got wonderful care that I could afford. These people do good work!

    Pros

    friendly, knowledgeable, low-cost, great care

    Cons

    none

  • 23. Excellent organization

    by: hollydog1

    A great organization that is working on solving the problem of animal overpopulation. Very dedicated volunteers who spend many hours a week to make a difference in the lives of pets and their owners.

    Pros

    All volunteer organization

    Cons

    Need larger facility

  • 24. Important work for the animals

    by: gaknott

    Groups doing volunteer work independent of government or established organizations have it hard, but those are the very groups we need to succeed. Minn-Kota PAAWS does a lot with few resources.

    Pros

    all volunteer

    Cons

    none

  • 25. My expirience at Minn-Kota PAAWS

    by: Yogimiester

    I think they could use a better facility. When I was there, there were about 7 cats just out of surgery (knocked out) on the floor on a carpet (but wrapped up) and someone came in with a huge dog that was going to be neutered. They told her to put him in a kennel (right next to the recovering cats) and when she brought him over he lunged at the cats, but didn't hurt them because his owner pulled him back soon enough. If he had gotten a hold of one, I'm sure that would have been the end of that cat's life. The staff were very nice, and were helpful, but I think they really deserve the makeover on account of how hard they work to bring the homeless animal population down by spaying and neutering.

    Pros

    They do a lot of spaying and neutering at a lower price, which is highly needed.

    Cons

    They put recovering patients on the floor out in the open for big dogs to almost step on.

  • 26. Excellent Service!

    by: butterthyme

    We heard about PAAWS from a friend that had her pets spayed there. We had our dog spayed there and was very happy with the service. We didn't have the financial means to go to a local vet to have this done, and are very grateful for the service they offer!

    Pros

    Great service!

    Cons

    None!

  • 27. PAAWS!

    by: ember2008

    I first heard of Paaws from my brother who volunteered there. I started volunteering there when time allowed and I love it! The people are friendly and very helpful. I hope to be able to get over there to volunteer more often this semester.

    Pros

    Wonderful staff!

    Cons

    limited space.

  • 28. A truly wonderful organization.

    by: linzuar

    Minn-Kota PAAWS helped me out by performing a surgical procedure on a rescue animal that I could not have even come close to affording otherwise. I had nearly run out of hope and was getting quotes on euthanization, and then, Minn-Kota PAAWS stepped in to save the day! There are so many lives saved and/or improved by PAAWS. I hope they continue to grow.

    Pros

    Provide a very needed service in the F/M area

    Cons

    Need a better facility!

  • 29. Neat Neuter!

    by: Tamquito

    Just got our cats neutered at "Paaws" and had a great experience and am truly rooting for them to win the Makeover. They definitely deserve it! I've been spreading the word to other animal lovers about starting a profile! Zootoo is fun and so is "Paaws". Keep up the good work! :)

    Pros

    Inexpensive, friendly staff, kind, can tell they love animals

    Cons

    None

  • 30. Kittens are Kings and Queens!

    by: bartbunz

    These are some of the most dedicated people in the animal shelter, spay and neuter and rescue community. They deserve to be rewarded with a makeover because of their total dedication and full commitment to all animal lovers and animals!

    Pros

    Very responsive to customers and kittens

    Cons

    Needs more room and staff

  • 31. An exceptional group

    by: jillfrederick

    I found PAAWS about three years ago when I was trying to help seven cats and kittens who were hanging out in my garage. I'd fed them all winter, but it was clear that I needed to do something - they were just going to continue breeding. When I called PAAWS, not only did they offer me neuter/spay services for them all, but they helped me to find homes for each of them, even a couple who were thoroughly feral. I have been working as a volunteer ever since and can't imagine what I did before that time. Everyone at PAAWS is devoted to the animals and does her (most, not all, of us are women) best to make their lives as comfortable as possible. PAAWS is a wonderful group.

    Pros

    the caring staff

    Cons

    none!

  • 32. PAAWS deserves a shelter makeover!

    by: DebraMeow

    PAAWS is a truly one of a kind facility in the Fargo-Moorhead area. It has an active trap-neuter/spay-and release program, and provides spay and neuters for companion animals at the lowest cost in the area. PAAWS is an entirely volunteer-run facility. No one is paid anything, not even the members of the Board of Directors or the veterinarians. This is in marked contrast to humane societies which have paid employees and whose bloated boards receive compensation (and, indirectly, community status and recognition) for their time and efforts. I took one of my foster cats to be spayed at PAAWS as this is one of the few places that would spay a momma cat that was going in and out of heat and still might have had some active mammary tissue from nursing. Most vets in the Fargo area won't spay a cat until she is 6 months old, and they don't want to even look at a cat that might be in heat or lactating or even pregnant. I feel that Humane Societes have an unfair advantage in this makeover competition as the average pet owner is more familiar with a humane society and more likely to donate time and money to such a society because of the associated name recogntion and expectation for the work that such a society does. With a shelter makeover, PAAWS could extend its reach and perform more spays and neuters. It could also expand into the adoptions arena if its current facility had increased space to house highly adoptable animals that need a second (or third) chance at a loving new home. There are way too many homeless and unwanted animals in Fargo and nationwide, and these numbers would be drastically reduced if responsible pet owners spayed and neutered their pets and prevented accidental or intentional breedings. So, PAAWS supporters, get online and upload photos and write journals! Get lots of friends to join as that is the way to get the most point value short of adopting a cat from PAAWS. New members don't have to be as active as some of us, but just joining Zootoo and designating Minnekota-PAAWS as your shelter designate for the makeover will be a big help!

    Pros

    Provides low cost pay/neuter to cats and dogs who may never see a veterinarian

    Cons

    Need a bigger facility to house more animals that are adoptable, and perform more spays and neuters

  • 33. PAAWS is my hero!

    by: itspaulas

    I heard of PAAWS through my father-in-law about 2 1/2 years ago. He read about down in Valley City. He had just taken in an abused cat and wanted to have it fixed. Not only were they professional and reasonable, but the people....well I can't even describe them. In short, you knew you were around people that LOVED the animals. They weren't there for the money, or the glory or the fame - it was all about the animals. God love them all and may PAAWS continue to grow and fill a much needed niche in this area.

    Pros

    They save cats, what can be more "pro" than that?

    Cons

    Not enough people in the area help support the cause!

  • 34. Great Organization

    by: joketter

    I met some of the PAAWS volunteers today at Petco and they were very friendly and knowledgeable about the rescued cats they were showing! Great job everyone!

    Pros

    A+ Service!

    Cons

    Nothing

  • 35. PAAWS is awesome

    by: nhatch

    I first heard of PAAWS from a friend when I need my kitten spayed and they were very nice. I notice then that they had alot of cats that need a good home. So a few weeks ago when I was ready to bring another cat into my home they were the first people I went to. It only took one visit and they knew the perfect cat for my family. We were able to take him home the next day. They have kept in contact with us to make sure that everyone was getting along and everything is working out. I tell everyone I can about PAAWS and all the great things they have done.

    Pros

    Very Friendly and Willing to help

    Cons

    Small office space

  • 36. Number One in My Book

    by: Coleen4

    MinnKota Paaws is where I took my two kittens for spaying last weekend. After having "met" some of the volunteers via Zootoo, I was happy to meet them in person. After having read all the good reviews and journals about Paaws, I wasn't surprised to see in real life how much these people love what they do, which is helping cats. They give all (it must be all) of their free time and tons of their love to this place. It sure would be nice if they could win the zootoo shelter makeover to give the volunteers and the cats a bigger, nicer place to be spending so much of their time, as this place was very small and congested. During my visit, the volunteers were cheerful, helpful, knowledgable and very loving toward the cats they were helping. They took care of my questions, gave me a collar and a e-collar, offered to help carry things to the car, and just took time with me - even though it was a very busy place. Thank you to the Paaws volunteers, from all of us who don't volunteer, and from all the cats whose lives are better because of you. Keep up the good work and good luck in this Zootoo contest!

    Pros

    Friendly, Helpful, Dedicated Volunteer Staff

    Cons

    Too Small

  • 37. Absolutely wonderful

    by: Zeus1177

    Absolutely wonderful organization. The animals get treated as well as people. Only down size is they need more "Vet space." They help so many people/animals, they need more "table" and rooms to be able to help more.

    Pros

    Very affordable

    Cons

    need more space

  • 38. Thanks for helping us find the right fit for our home

    by: redrivermodern

    The love that each member of the PAAWS team shows for the cats and kittens that they come across in our community really shows through in everything they do. In our part of the country, a shelter like this can mean the difference between life and death for strays, abandoned, or wild cats. With air temps regularly at or near -25 degrees in the winter, these cats would not survive. They are careful to ensure they do not just get placed in homes, but get placed in loving, caring homes that fit both the needs of the humans and the animals.

    Pros

    Caring, loving environment

    Cons

    .

  • 39. PAAWS saved my baby boy

    by: Tamz

    When my feline son Tigger was young, he would run away all the time. He needed his shots and neutering and I could not afford it, and I was referred to Minn-Kota PAAWS. They took great care of Tigger, and even brought him home (due to it being cold and me having no car) Tigger is happier, healthier, and honestly, I can not thank them enough. I have little money and they made it so I could afford to help care for him. THANK YOU SO MUCH! He truely is my baby, and thanks to PAAWS he and I can have a long and happy life together :)

    Pros

    They were so helpful, friendly, and caring!

    Cons

    They desperately need a sheter makeover, they help so many animals, and need more space!

  • 40. my first trip to minn-kota paaws

    by: jjasch

    i brought my cat ralphie into minn-kota paaws to get fixed. when i did i had a bunch of questions. ralphie is my baby and is a very spoiled cat. they answered all of my questions and assured me he would be fine. when it was all over ralphie indeed was fine and they had done a wonderful job, gave me all the instructions i needed to take care of him and even did a follow up call to make sure he was doing ok. well i was so pleased with there services that i went back with my girlfriend and adopted a beautiful siamese kitten named tina. she is a wonderful addition to our family and has adapted very well to our home. thank you all so much. you are one of the shelters out there that really do care about animals and there well being.

    Pros

    they are doing a great part in helping the community.

    Cons

    they need to win the make over

  • 41. PAAWSitively wonderful

    by: bkramer

    PAAWS spayed my kitten and they did a great job caring for her from the minute she was being sedated to the time I picked her up. Keep up the outstanding work.

    Pros

    Very caring volunteers

    Cons

    Lori is kind of cranky

  • 42. Highly Recommended

    by: masoncy

    I would strongly recommend (and already have!) that anyone looking to add a cat or kitten to their family adopt from PAAWS. My adoption experience has been terrific. The caring and compassion of the staff is beyond compare. They are available to assist with health and care questions concerning their adoptees, (even on holidays!), and they follow-up to make sure the pet is doing well. It is such a relief to know they're available, flexible, and that they really care.

    Pros

    Wonderful staff of volunteers

    Cons

    None that come to mind

  • 43. Geat people in need of better facilities

    by: Countrypplz

    I was so glad to find these folks since I live on a farm and deal with a lot of stray animals. I was able to get an entire litter of kittens spayed/neutered all in one day for a very reasonable price. Thank you for being there and for all the great volunteers who staff the facility.

    Pros

    Friendly, knowledgeable staff who really care about animals

    Cons

    Small cramped facilities in desperate need of an upgrade

  • 44. Best Mission, Cats, and People.....

    by: ajswanny

    Paaws is a place that will never leave your heart. Once you see the mission, and know what they are doing, you will never be able to forget the great work that they do. All of the volunteers give 200% to the animals that they work with and try to help.

    Pros

    People, Love, Cats

    Cons

    Very addicting....

  • 45. Awesome

    by: foreversearching

    I first heard of PAAWS from my friend. My sister took her cat there and was very pleased with the results and the cost. She told me that she will never go anywhere else again.

    Pros

    Great staff

    Cons

    Have to see your "kids" after surgery, very sad.

  • 46. Thank you

    by: KrisT

    Just wanted to say thank you for the service you provide. My wife and I are wanting to get a new cat and we will be in to adopt from your facility very soon!

    Pros

    everything

    Cons

    nothing

  • 47. Amazing

    by: AmandaTeske

    What an amzing organization to have in our community! I plan to come adopt a kitten very soon! Ever since we had to put our cat, Mika, to sleep due to a very severe illness, my life has felt like it is missing something special. I miss my little girl! Although I know I can never replace her, there is something about the love from a cat that my life cannot go without for much longer! See you soon!

    Pros

    everything!

    Cons

    nothing!

  • 48. how it is

    by: paaws

    it is so great and i love it but it is so small and it needs help i love to go and see the cats

    Pros

    a great place to be

    Cons

    to small

  • 49. It's all about the people!

    by: mfqz

    I am probably one of the first customers of PAAWS back in Nov. 2004 I was given Lori's name from Adopt-a-Pet when I had a mother cat and her three kittens abandoned at my farm and was heartsick and befuddled because I had enough house cats and winter was approaching quickly. Lori actually drove three of the cats to Pelican Rapids to get them fixed and provided advice and support on how to solve my dilemma. Her dream was to prevent cats from having unwanted litters...one cat at a time. Her dream has grown and grown and grown because of her hard work and dedication and finding volunteers who share her dedication. Since that first experience my family and I have brought four more abandoned kittens to PAAWS for help and received the best type of care and concern that you can ever hope for.

    Pros

    The workers at PAAWS truly love animals and want to make a difference.

    Cons

    They need more financial help and publicity!

  • 50. A Great Place for Cats!

    by: 3happycats

    I am a volunteer at Paaws and our resident cats have a very good place to stay while waiting for a home. They can roam in different rooms (except on surgery days) and have plenty of places to sleep and play. There are cat cupboards and cat walks. There's a kitten room and a cat nursery.\r\nAnd, of course, since it is a spay/neuter clinic too, every cat takes it's turn getting fixed to control the pet over-population. The volunteers take good care of the cats with regular attention, plus good food!!! Paaws provides low cost spay/neuters for pets so that everyone can get their pet or barn cats fixed. The vets that work there are wonderful and caring. There are volunteers that go out and trap kitties that are homeless and these animals are given the care that they need.

    Pros

    Cats not in kennels, good care, lots of toys, lots of attention.

    Cons

    Needs a makeover so that everything has it's place and is easier to get things done.

  • 51. My Time at PAAWS

    by: Shakatany

    For three summers in a row I have been visiting my friend in Fargo who volunteers at PAAWS and so while there I have been drafted into the effort and I love it. Lori does a tremendous job filling an obvious need - preventing more unwanted cats and dogs and rescuing feral or abandoned cats and finding them forever homes. The people who volunteer there do so because they love animals. It's not always easy as anyone who has pets know - there's litter to clean as well as other messes plus the animals don't understand and so might bite or scratch. The facility is bright and cheerful and in spite of all the apparent chaos things do get accomplished and at the end of the day there are kittens and cats who purr their appreciation. \r\n\r\nFor more of my adventures there with pics go to http://www.wayofcats.com/blog/volunteer-vacations/1211

    Pros

    The people there are all animal lovers who give of their time to help cats and dogs.

    Cons

    The facility is beautifully improvised but it is improvised and would benefit from an upgrade.

  • 52. We couldn't have done it alone....

    by: smarsh

    Two stray cats came into our neighborhood one summer. We started feeding them and they stuck around. We discovered that they also had 4 kittens (hidden in our neighbors window well). Fall was around the corner and we were worried about what was going to happen to these sweet cats. We called Adopt-a-Pet who referred us to Lori at PAAWS. Lori was wonderful! We worked together to trap the family and have them spayed and neutered. We kept one of the adults, and Lori helped us find homes for the (other) adult and the kittens. We were very relieved when the snow started to fly and all of our little cat friends were in cozy, warm homes. We couldn't have done it without Lori and PAAWS. Thank you!

    Pros

    Truly cares about animals!

    Cons

    Can't think of a thing!

  • 53. PAAWS rocks!

    by: alexcoleman

    I have volunteered at PAAWS too many days to count. I have learned a lot about the veterinary field and about life. Working with all the great volunteers has been a truly rewarding experience for the last couple years. Although I decided to pursue the chiropractic field, the memories and knowledge I gained at PAAWS will last a lifetime. I only hope PAAWS will continue for many years to provide such a great service not only to the animals in need, but to the students who will become veterinarians and continue to help animals in need.

    Pros

    Excellent learning environment, great people.

    Cons

    Crazy cat ladies!

  • 54. Great Place to bring your pets

    by: verworn

    Great place to bring your pets. Staff is all volunteer and truly care about animals. The service is great, but not very expensive.

    Pros

    Great knowledgable, caring staff

    Cons

    Not enough of these places around!

  • 55. Great Place!

    by: meganjan

    I heard about this place from a friend when I told her that I was looking for a companion for my kitten. They were very helpfull and I will be getting a kitten from them asap. You could tell they were excited about what they were doing and those are the type of people you want helping you pick out an animal. I would recomend this place to anyone I am going to try and tell everyone I can about this place.

    Pros

    Friendly Staff

    Cons

    Hard to Find

  • 56. Great service!

    by: krclifton

    My kitty, Lucy, was neutered in 2004 through the help of PAAWS (you can check out Lucy as one of my pets!). He was kept safe, absolutely no complications, and the price definitely helped me to be able to get him neutered (broke college student). I definitely would take my pets back to PAAWS and I have recommended several people there since. Thanks PAAWS!

    Pros

    Very friendly, good with animals

    Cons

    Few people know about the service

  • 57. paaws

    by: paawsrocks

    it is nice and i love it but it needs a makeover and \r\nit is small but so nice cats and people

    Pros

    nice people

    Cons

    to small

  • 58. Paaws - a much need service in our area.

    by: ToniTech

    What can I say - my sister is the founder of the MinnKota Paaws Project. I am very proud of her and all her dedication. All the other volunteers are the most wonderful people you would want to know. This program was a much needed service in the Fargo-Moorhead and surrounding area. Spaying/neutering is the solution to the population problem. Please take time to check out this great organization.

    Pros

    Caring individuals, low cost spay/neuters.

    Cons

    Small work area.

  • 59. A lifesaver

    by: frankie4349

    I get a lot of pets dropped off on my property. The last one was literally thrown out the car door while his sad excuse for parents beat feet. PAAWS has made it possible for me to rescue these drop-offs and place them up for adoption. They've saved the lives of a lot of kitties who otherwise would have just received food and water outside, but now have the chance of a home and a family.

    Pros

    Affordable and Caring

    Cons

    Generally have to leave a message and wait for a callback.

  • 60. A very needed service!

    by: Dakotagal

    I first read about Minn-Kota PAAWS in the local newspaper over two years ago. I strongly support spay/neuter programs. PAAWS was founded to help low income people spay their companion animals as well as helping people with trapping and spaying feral cats and multiple barn cats. The problem is endless, but every cat spayed/neutered prevents numerous unwanted future cats from that animal. PAAWS also rescues stray, feral and pound animals, socializes them and finds them a home.

    Pros

    A needed service to help low income people spay their animals and house homeless animals.

    Cons

    Need more staff to do everything we'd like.

  • 61. How i learned about Minn-kota PAWS

    by: tattooedglaser

    I first found out about this organization through my sister in law who volunteers there. If you really love animals, go there. If I didn't live with my sister who already has 3 cats, I would be adopting left and right. I love animals. If you have any questions about your pet, don't hesitate to ask them because they wouldn't be working there if they didn't love these animals.

    Pros

    their love of animals

    Cons

    i haven't been in there yet.

  • 62. Dedicated Volunteers at Minn-Kota Paaws

    by: MELODYLARSON

    Paaws have great dedicated volunteers. And have super vets that do the neutering and spaying operations.

    Pros

    Dedicated Volunteers and Vets

    Cons

    Facilities are fairly good, but could use enhancements.

  • 63. [email protected]

    by: JeannieHudson

    I am thankful for Minn-Kota Pawws because there are so many pet owners in this area that love their pets, but can't afford the outrageous vet bills. Minn-Kota Pawws gives these people (myself included) an opportunity to make sure their pets have current shots and are fixed. Thank you Minn0Kota Pawws.

    Pros

    Very Helpful Staff

    Cons

    Very Small Work Space

  • 64. Just a wonderful place

    by: sandy5

    I have been to Paaws a few times with my daughter who volunteers there. It is a joy to see the cats and kittens playing and healthy. I wish I could take them all home with me.\r\nIt's a great for the community to have a spay/neuter clinic and also working to find good homes for stray and neglected animals.

    Pros

    caring staff

    Cons

    none

  • 65. cool name

    by: monicap

    great group of volunteers. They're a good team and are very sincere about the spay, neuter cause.

    Pros

    caring, loving atmosphere

    Cons

    too small

  • 66. This is the best place EVER

    by: ily

    This is the best place ever to adopt a pet and look at them to. I love all the animals at Minn-Kota PAAWS they are so cute!!:)\r\n\r\n\r\n Sincerly,\r\n Brandi Glaser\r\n\r\n P.S.HI everyone and HI \r\n Gail.

    Pros

    none

    Cons

    none

  • 67. A great service

    by: goinsane6

    I've only had one experience with Minn-Kota PAAWS but it was a good one. I also know a few people that have gone there and used their services. One of my friends had a cat that was leukemia positive and they made a house call to put her to sleep. They try their best to take in as many cats as they can so they don't have to live out in the cold tundra we call home. It's especially nice for people that don't have a lot of money, one of the main problems with pet owners is that they don't realize how expensive it can get to own a pet. Too many people find that out and then they don't want to pay for the care of that animal and they suffer for it. Fargo Moorhead needed something like this so I'm so glad Lori has put forth the time and effort to run this shelter, too many cats and kittens are put to sleep or die outside and to me that is unacceptable. Kudos to Minn-Kota PAAWS, please keep on doing what you're doing!

    Pros

    They are helping to solve a major problem in the F-m area, feral cats.

    Cons

    They need more space, that's why they need to win the makeover!

  • 68. Greatful for Paaws

    by: catmomChrisann

    I have gone to PAAWS more times than I can count with strays from our small town of Christine. They have spayed and neutered cats for me at a cost I can afford. I would NEVER be able to take them to a Vet office at full cost. Because of PAAWS the town where I live no longer has a stray cat problem I have found good homes for the strays after they have helped me fix them. I can not say enough good about PAAWS and its wonderful and unbelievable volunteers. I am forever greatful. Thanks!

    Pros

    They are always willing to do whatever it takes to help spay and neuter strays and feral cats for me.

    Cons

    I am moving and am not going to have these WONDERFUL people to help save strays from a horrible life.

  • 69. Best Place Ever

    by: OdieAnne

    I found PAAWS after volunteering for three years for another organization that will remain unnamed. I could not get over the difference between the two groups. I spent one morning at a meeting with the one group listening to them talking endlessly about forming this committee or that committee, while we all sat around doing nothing. To meeting with Lori who was on her way around town picking animals up, taking them in for surgery, helping out with everything while the animals were at PAAWS and making sure they got delivered back safely home. She was amazing! Here I was sitting around with the first group talking about what needed to be done, while she was out there actually doing it! Needless to say, I quit the first group and joined PAAWS. Unfortunately, not too many months later, my husband to a job out of state, so I don't get to spend time at PAAWS, but it is still my favorite place. To Lori and all the PAAWS volunteers - keep up the good work and thank you for being there! :)

    Pros

    Helping reduce the pet population and educate the ignorant

    Cons

    That they don't have more money and a bigger shelter so they can help more cats in need!

  • 70. Great volunters

    by: cwrigley

    These volunters work thier hearts out with little they have available to them.\r\n\r\nThe dedication and time they spend is unmeasurable! Some spend valuable time away from home and familys. These amimals are all loved and adored by all.

    Pros

    very loving

    Cons

    need so much more space

  • 71. great service - great people

    by: ambernstein1

    I found out about Minnkota paws from a relative, after I purchased some land and a barn. The past owners left the cats, one which was pregant. There is a total of 10 cats. We love animals and when found out about this great service and low cost to get the fixed and shots we could not have been more happy. There customer service is great, staff is very friendly and knowledgeable.

    Pros

    great service!

    Cons

    small location

  • 72. Very Friendly!!

    by: AnimalLover212

    I am 14 years old, and live in Minnesota. My grandma lives in Fargo and knows some PAAWS staff. I got the opportunity to watch some of the surgeries that were performed during the day and it was a great experience, since I want to be a veterinarian. I had so much fun!! PAAWS deserves this so much! It would benefit them greatly and would allow them to help more animals in need!! Good luck PAWWS!!!!!

    Pros

    Helpful, great service, skilled surgeon

    Cons

    small space, not enough room for many animals. some areas cramped

  • 73. Awesome Place

    by: kiwi123161

    This place is great, although it is small, and sometimes crowded, the animals and their care are a priority. The volunteers are very caring and really work hard to accomodate the animals every need. Minn-Kota PAAWS provides a vital service to the Fargo-Moorhead Community and the surrounding area that is unprecidented, with their Low-income based spay/neuter program. Thanks PAAWS for being there!

    Pros

    Great Staff, Very Affordable, Very Accomodating

    Cons

    small facility, hard to find

  • 74. Minn-Kota Paaws has helped me a great deal.

    by: WandaLou

    I started out with just 2 cats & the next thing my Mittens had kittens. As they grew I knew that I had to do something. Minn-Kota & the vet that I go too have a once in a yr. deal. Minn-Kota Paaws spayed 2 of my cats for a very reasonable price. The vet did the rest of my cats for free. That was a life saver for us & them as well.

    Pros

    People who care about animals of all kinds.

    Cons

    The place is very small.

  • 75. Great Place Where Animals Come First

    by: pinkswirl6186

    My mom volunteers here, and loves it. Every single one of the volunteers that work there are there for one reason, their love of animals, and their goal to make the lives of these animals better. They give their time selflessly on a daily basis, and are passionate about giving the animals the best care they can. They are there day in and day out 7 days week to clean up after, feed, water, medicate if necessary, and play with the resident cats and kittens, and then on clinic days they spay and neuter anywhere from 10 to 20 animals in one day. They have after hours emergency numbers, and a vet on call 24 hours a day to address any questions that might arise after a surgery, or even to just answer a worried fur parents question. They are simply the BEST !\r\n\r\nAs far as adoptions go...you just can't get any better. Adopt from Minn-Kota PAAWS and you will never regret it. They are very accomodating and very determined to make sure that the adoption is a good fit for both you AND the kitty.

    Pros

    Animals are the Priority, Low cost, Friendly staff

    Cons

    Too small

  • 76. Getting to the heart of the matter

    by: Meremish

    I first heard of PAAWS a couple of years ago when I bought a cookie @ a local coffee shop to support the project. I later learned more through articles @ The Forum newspaper, where I'm a copy editor. Then I pushed to include Lori Magelky, one of the nonprofit's founders, in the "20 Under 40" special insert project when I served on the deciding committee.\r\n\r\nI eventually became a volunteer, with my main focus to maintain our various Web sites and online communication. I have plenty of other ideas in the works in the realm of advertising, publicity and awareness, but have to tackle what I can due to my schedule. Like I said, the only con I have is I wish I had more time and resources to devote to furthering PAAWS' goals.\r\n\r\nPAAWS is unlike any other shelter I've visited. It's apparent through all of PAAWS' practices and goals that the animals and animal welfare is the No. 1 priority. The facilities are kept clean daily, and the resident cats are very well taken care of and loved. Every decision, every case comes down to, What's best for the animal?\r\n\r\nThe volunteers I work w/ @ PAAWS are all selfless, caring individuals who donate their time and energy to helping as many cats and dogs as possible. There's Mel, who fosters kitten after kitten and patiently works to socialize them so they have a better chance of finding a "forever home." There's Carol Stefonek, who has spent countless hours live-trapping critters and who washed the cats' bedding every week. Carol Sawicki lends her organizational mind and leadership to keep things running smoothly. And Gail, she's the type who will get anything done she puts her mind to.\r\n\r\nAnd of course, there's Lori, who helped me through a very difficult time when I almost lost my second cat who was a PAAWS cat @ the time, Oni, to anemia and feline hepatic lipidosis. That tumultuous week Lori worked hard to get Oni to eat and make sure she was as comfortable as possible, and once I brought her home Lori spent time w/ me @ my apartment helping me take care of her, and checked in on Oni when I had to return to work. Oni's eventual recovery would not have been possible w/o Lori.\r\n\r\nThe other volunteers whom I haven't named assist w/ surgeries, adoptions, administering medication, spending quality time w/ the resident cats, fostering and some adopting. The organization wouldn't work if it weren't for the people who keep it going. I have high hopes for PAAWS' future and will continue to do what I can to contribute to it.

    Pros

    Animal well-being always comes first; spay/neuters are top priority, helping to combat overpopulation; and shelter cats roam freely in their rooms, allowing for better interaction.

    Cons

    The only con I have is I wish I had more time and resources to devote to furthering PAAWS' goals.

  • 77. great organization!!!!!

    by: Voluptas

    best place around. that staff care about the animals, they make their services affordable, they're open on most weekends when you can't make it during the week, they save animals from the pound and place them in foster homes, and give cats another chance to find forever homes and happiness.

    Pros

    affordable and caring

    Cons

    a driving "jaunt"

  • 78. A quality shelter

    by: KR69

    An excellent place to adopt a forever companion. The volunteers really care about the animals that they are caring for.

    Pros

    Offers low cost spay/neuter & cat adoptions

    Cons

    Very small shelter

  • 79. PAAWS is GREAT

    by: gadams38

    I learned about Minn-Kota PAAWS when I was fostering my 3rd dog, Cooper. I called and was able to get him in to be neutered very quickly, the staff was great, very friendly, and the follow-up care was the best. They gave me an emergency number to call after regular hours in case there was a problem, which was great, and made me feel quite confortable taking him home the same day of his surgery. Minn-kota PAAWS has done a great job in helping to reduce the numbers of stray and feral litters of puppies and kittens in our community, and I have nothing but praise for all the hard work they do every day. They also have alot of great cats and kittens in their shelter up for adoption, which are not kept in cages, they have large rooms specifically designated for the cats living areas.

    Pros

    Awesome program, helpful staff, great follow-up care, considerate vets

    Cons

    none

  • 80. Very friendly and great expierence

    by: Ladyslipr

    I heard about Minn-Kota through a friend when I was looking for a companion cat that would be good around kids. \n\nI called them up one evening to see if we could come out and the woman on the phone was very friendly and said we could come over. \n\nWe weren't sure what to expect since I had never adopted a cat or been to a shelter. My friends had told me most places you can expect the cats to be in cages. When we got there the cats were all out and so friendly. There were a few that hid but did come down later the longer we were there. \n\nThe staff was very friendly and knew each cats personality very well. They were honest with us when we told them we had a young child. Looking out for the safety of the cats and also the child. \n\nThe environment was great we got to sit down and play with all the cats to see which ones "clicked" with our family. But one cat stood out and I knew she was meant for us. \n\nWe filled out paperwork and after they did landlord checks and other checks to make sure that we would have a home for the cat, we were able to take her home 24 hrs later. \n\nWe are looking to adopt another cat in a few years and I definitely would go back. \n\nPS we miss all the other kitties there also

    Pros

    Was able to interact with all pets since they weren't in cages, comfortable enviroment, got to see how the cats interacted with other cats

    Cons

    Some cats were hiding so didn't see all the cats.