Mission | Location/Directions
Established in 1997, the Headwaters Animal Shelter
has provided a haven for hundreds of cats and dogs in
desperate need of care. We are a no-kill facility. This
means we will not euthanize healthy, adoptable animals
simply because we have not been able to place them in
permanent homes. Thanks to the generosity of our community,
we have been able to give these animals the nurturing
and attention they need to thrive, and to ultimately
find them permanent, loving homes.
On April 7, 2003, following years of planning and fundraising,
we opened our new facility on Western Avenue. A true
milestone in our history, the facility marked a new
beginning for the Shelter and has enabled us to expand
our services and reach into the community.
Today, we continue to champion the needs of our companion
animals and to be their voice. We look forward to future
expansion including community outreach programs, enhanced
services and facilities for our canine and feline residents
and, ultimately, to a time when we are no longer needed.
Until then, we look forward to improving the quality
of life for our companion animals and providing this
valuable service to our community.
At the Headwaters Animal Shelter, our mission is: To
improve the quality of life for companion animals.
We are dedicated to accomplishing our mission by:
- Aiding in the return of lost or stolen companion
animals to their rightful owners, and securing suitable
homes for homeless companion animals;
- Providing and maintaining programs to reduce companion
animal overpopulation and euthanasia;
- Promoting the growth of education and sentiment
favorable to the protection of companion animals;
- Preventing cruelty to companion animals;
- Assisting in the enforcement of laws pertaining
to companion animals.
The Headwaters Animal Shelter is located at:
901 Western Ave.
Park Rapids, MN 56470
From Highway 71: Follow Highway 71 into
Park Rapids and turn onto Eighth Street heading west
(a left turn from 71 North and a right turn from 71
South). Follow Eighth Street to Western Avenue (Eighth
Street will dead end into Western Avenue) and turn left.
The Shelter is on the right (directly across from the
From Highway 34: Follow Highway 34 into
Park Rapids and turn onto Western Avenue heading south
(a left turn from 34 West and a right turn from 34 East).
Follow Western Avenue approximately .6 miles. The Shelter
will be on the right (directly across from the softball
Monday - Saturday 11 am - 5 pm. We are closed Sunday.
For more information, please contact us by phone at
or via e-mail.