We started as an all-volunteer organization!
- Space was rented in the original Willmar Pet Hospital building at Trott & Hwy 40.
- Stray animals were held for 5 business days. Animals were adopted out as quickly as possible. Space was limited. Resources such as funding were very limited. Partnerships with other shelters & rescue groups were non-existent.
- In 2003 we became homeless for 5 months as the Willmar Pet Hospital building was sold. We worked with South 71 Veterinary Clinic to house the animals until we could get them adopted out or to other shelters.
- In December of 2003 Wayne Thompson and Mic Schmidt showed us the county garage on the SE side of town. Prior to that we had looked at a building at the State Hospital campus (Now MN West Technology) a building in Priam and one north of town. When they showed us the county garage. The building use to be the recycling center and when we saw it it had two large snowplows inside. Compared to what we had, it was a palace. We called that building home for 5 years. Again, with the help of many volunteers and donors a new building was built. Our partnership with Meeker County began at the same time.
- Today we take in an average of 2000 animals.
- We offer many programs and services. Adoptions are our main focus, we are here for owner surrendered animals and strays too. We offer Pet Vaccination Clinics each year. Provide a low cost spay/neuter program, a spay/neuter/return program for barn cats, a pet food shelf and assist Law Enforcement with animal neglect cases.
- A huge thank you to the people that got it started and for those that continue to support our mission of helping people and animals.