NorthStar Great Pyrenees Rescue of Minnesota

A nonprofit organization

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$5,000 Goal

We are an all-volunteer rescue organization. 

Your generous donations are used for one purpose - to help find loving homes for our lovable dogs.

NorthStar Great Pyrenees Rescue of MN works to find loving, forever homes for Great Pyrenees dogs who cannot stay in their current situation.  Dogs come to us in various forms of distress.

  • Abandoned - wandering in search of food and water.
  • Ignored - tied out to a pole chewing on their restraint (chain or cable) until their teeth break and gums bleed.
  • Neglected - emaciated and often carrying life threatening medical conditions (heartworm is most prevalent). 
  • Surrendered - due to changes in their human companion's status.

All dogs that come into the care of NorthStar Great Pyrenees Rescue

  • Receive a health evaluation and care as needed from a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Are provided with necessary vaccinations.
  • Are spayed or neutered.
  • Are micro-chipped.
  • Are provided with a safe stable place to live until we can find for them their forever home.

This is Steve's Story

Steve the Great Pyrenees is a rescue success and can boast a few accomplishments, the most significant of them is finding forever home with a family of 4 loving people. He is also a K-9 Good Citizen and has earned Obedience 1 and 2 certifications. Steve is a Therapy Dog (certified though the Alliance of Therapy Dogs,) and specializes in working with transition-age students with disabilities. That is quite a lot for a stray dog wandering in North Dakota.

Turned into a shelter, Steve subsequently come into the care of NorthStar Great Pyrenees Rescue of Minnesota. As with many rescue Pyrs, his coat was matted so heavily that he had to be shaved revealing a nasty abscess on his tail. He began treatment while in rescue and as the healing process progressed, he found his new human companions.

 On first meeting with Amy and her family, Steve shared the calm, confident character typical of a Great Pyrenees. It was love at first greet and Steve was adopted. As his fluffy coat grew back and he bonded with his family, he began to show his sensitive demeanor and loving care for his pack including the smallest member of the family, the Guinea Pig.

 Seeing her dog’s confidence and stability, Amy enrolled Steve in a program sponsored by NSGPR to become a certified therapy dog where  he excelled and rapidly moved though the program. As a certified therapy dog, Steve works with alternative high school students who have a broad range of disabilities including learning, physical, and emotional/behavioral. Providing students with real life experience, he inspires conversational topics, generates meaningful dialogue, and offers a memorable tactile experience when students pet his thick coat. Students and staff alike benefit from the gentle giant’s presence.

 Dogs touch human lives in many ways. Steve’s transition from wandering homeless dog to a beloved family member who also offers positive therapeutic experiences, represents the mission of NorthStar Great Pyrenees Rescue of Minnesota. This all-volunteer organization works to find loving homes for our lovable dogs.

100% of donations goes to support the dogs. Due to COVID-19, this is the only fundraiser NSGPR is able to participate in this year. 

Please help us continue our mission to find dogs like Steve their forever home.

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Organization name

NorthStar Great Pyrenees Rescue of Minnesota

Tax id (EIN)



Animals Humanitarian Aid Volunteer


PO Box 1114
Minnetonka, MN 55345-0114


952 474 4387

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