Northern Lakes Rescue Looking to be Rescued Themselves
There are an estimated 70 million stray dogs and cats in the U.S. at any given time, with about 6-8 million entering shelters each year, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
Northern Lakes Rescue is just one of the thousands of pet rescue organizations in the U.S. doing its part to put a dent in the homeless animal crisis. The nonprofit is committed to helping dogs, but right now it needs the help of humans.
The building the rescue has leased off Patriot Avenue in Pequot Lakes for the last year is up for sale. While Northern Lakes Rescue has the first option to buy it, the funds aren’t there for the roughly $148,000 expense. And with another buyer interested, the group has less than three months to come up with the money or risk losing its facility.
Upon moving into the building last year, the rescue planned to host fundraisers and benefits to earn the money to purchase it in the future. But, like so many other things, the COVID-19 pandemic ended those plans.
As of March 23, the rescue raised about $6,000 for the building, with a long way still to go. Those who want to help Northern Lakes Rescue buy its building can do so via a fundraising post on the group’s Facebook page or through Mightycause at givemn.org/story/Northernlakesrescue. For other donation options, to apply to be a foster family or to view adoptable dogs, visit northernlakesrescue.org.