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Park Rapids, MN

Save a life. Adopt a shelter pet.

Your donation can make a major difference in the lives of animals.

Adoption #100 is being sponsored by Justin Clack, a local realtor and hero in our eyes! He has been a huge supporter this year and we cannot thank him enough!
Please note, we will still be screening adopters as usual and it is not a free-for-all. We want to make sure our dog or cat is ending up in the best suitable home.
Thanks all! 💚
Getting Involved

Save an Animal

Adopting a Pet

Adopting a pet is a joyous experience for everyone involved! When you open your home to a shelter animal, you open yourself to an enriched life with a loving companion.

Choosing the right pet for you is an important step in ensuring a successful adoption – it should never be an impulse decision.

Making a Donation

The Headwaters Animal Shelter relies on donations, membership and adoption fees to fund nearly 100% of its operations. There are many ways to show your support for the animals and all donations are tax deductible – your generosity keeps our doors open! We have multiple options for donating. Check it out!

Our Services

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Adopting a pet can indeed be a wonderful experience for both the new pet parent and the pet.
Pets Available for Adoption

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Come see what we're up to! The Headwaters Animal Shelter has many activities and participates in the community.

See Shelter Events

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Fostering pets

The Headwaters Animal Shelter Foster Care Program primarily provides care for those animals who are sick and recovering from an illness or injury or are too young to be adopted (i.e. mothers and litters who are still nursing).
Foster Care Program

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Headwaters Animal Shelter
901 Western Ave. S
Park Rapids, MN 56470
(218) 237-7100

Contact Us

Our Mission

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;
  • Securing suitable homes for homeless companion animals;
  • Providing and maintaining programs to reduce companion animal overpopulation;
  • 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 about companion animals.

Get Involved

As a member of the Headwaters Animal Shelter, you have the joy of knowing you are supporting an organization that works tirelessly every single day to improve the lives of many neglected, abused or abandoned companion animals. Your membership fees (tax deductible!) help us to provide them with loving care and a second chance for a wonderful life.

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Monday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tuesday – Friday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday:  CLOSED (associates onsite from 8-2. Please call for assistance.)




Please call (218) 237-7100 to make an appointment. While we highly encourage appointments, we also welcome walk-in guests. It’s always a good idea to call before your visit, in case we close early.


Pet Adoption Notes

Pet Owner Responsibilities

Adopting your pet is just the beginning of your life together. Remember, you have made a commitment and promise to provide a loving home and life for your new friend.

Foster Care Program

The Headwaters Animal Shelter Foster Care Program primarily provides care for those animals who are sick and recovering from an illness or injury or are too young to be adopted.

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