About Us

Mission | Location/Directions | Hours

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.

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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 softball field).

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 field).

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Monday - Saturday 11 am - 5 pm. We are closed Sunday.

For more information, please contact us by phone at (218) 237-7100
or via e-mail.


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