Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society

A nonprofit organization

$31,846 Raised by 215 Donors

42% complete

$75,000 Goal

Finding Furever Homes

The Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society is a local, independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Mankato, Minnesota. BENCHS was established in 1969 and opened its doors on North River Drive in 2010. Each year, BENCHS cares for thousands of homeless, injured, abandoned and abused animals. 

We are a designated no-kill shelter; we participate in lifesaving programs and provide the best care possible for the animals in the building. 

In 2017 we began partnering with national rescue groups to transport dogs and cats to Minnesota from the South. Many of the dogs test positive for heartworm, which would lead to euthanasia in southern shelters. Thanks to our Have A Heart Fund, we are able to treat these dogs and help them find loving homes. 

In 2020, BENCHS agreed to provide impound services for Mankato and North Mankato. We now take in an average of 40 stray animals a month.

The shelter operates with limited paid staff, relying on the generosity of donors and volunteers to maintain quality care for the animals it accepts. We count on the help of our community. Now is the time to get involved and make a lifesaving difference.

Our Mission

The Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding loving forever homes for homeless cats and dogs, using spay/neuter programs to reduce the number of unwanted pets and reuniting lost animals with their owners.

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Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society

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1250 N. River Drive
Mankato, MN 56001



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