Saint Paul Animal Control (SPAC) provides temporary housing for dogs, cats, and other domestic animals in need of sheltering due to a variety of circumstances. SPAC is a socially conscious animal shelter working to ensure that pets and people are reunited whenever possible, and that all adoptable animals find new homes. Saint Paul Animal Control has saved more than 90 percent in-custody animals every year since 2014.


Animal Placement

Most animals sheltered at Saint Paul Animal Control (SPAC) that are not reunited with their owners are released to approved rescue partners. Saint Paul Animal Control currently promotes partner release over direct adoption to ensure animals receive prompt veterinary services and find new homes as quickly as possible.

Animal Rescue/Rehoming Organizations

Saint Paul Animal Control transfers animals to the following organizations for fostering and adoption. If you're interested in helping SPAC Animals, consider fostering local pets with one of these organizations:

A Rotta Love Plus

4 Pits Sake Rescue

Rescued Pets are Wonderful

Animal Humane Society

Fur-ever Home Rescue 

Rescued Tails Animal Sanctuary

Angel of Hope Rescue

Kitty Revolution

Ruff Start Rescue

Animal Ark

Last Hope, Inc.

Save-A-Bull Rescue

Being Advocates for Rescued K-9s (BARK)

Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue

Second Chance Animal Rescue

Bitty Kitty Brigade

No Dog Left Behind

Twin Cities Pet Rescue

Chicken Run Rescue

New Leash Rescue

The Rescue Crew

Corner of Kindness

Paws and Claws Humane Society


Diamond in the Ruff

Pet Haven

Wags & Whiskers Animal Rescue

Feline Rescue, Inc.

Pet Project Rescue


How Are We Doing?

Saint Paul Animal Control has had an overall live release rate of 90 percent or higher since 2016. Full reports are available upon request.

Year Dogs Puppies Cats Kittens Total
2016 90.5% 100% 87.6% 100% 90.8%
2017 94.9% 100% 95.3% 97.1% 95.4%
2018 93.3% 100% 92.3% 98.4% 93.7%
2019 95.1% 100% 95.2% 97.7% 95.9%
2020 93.8% 100% 94.8% 97% 94.7%
2021 94.5% 98.0% 92.7% 97.4% 94.5%


If you have questions, contact our office at 651-266-1100, or email the DSI Message Center

Last Edited: April 7, 2022