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Items we are most in need of;

Quality Grass & Grass/Alfalfa Mix Hay Rounds & Small Squares,

Horse Dewormers
4in1 Flu
Vac Innovator
Equine Sr. Feed, Adult Pot-Belly Pig Feed, Goat Feed, Chicken/Game Bird Feed
Chicken Scratch, Cracked Corn, Oats,
Cat Litter/Food
Paper Towels/Cleaning Wipes 


Every single penny counts and makes such an incredible difference in the life of a rescue animal and our ability to continue to provide quality care.

Northwoods Animal Rehabilitation Sanctuary & Adoption Center is a Non-Profit Organization. Your donations and support keep our doors open and allow us to continue doing the work we do to help those who need us most!

Your donation is tax-deductible and 100% of all donations received goes directly to the rescue animal to provide much needed nutrition, farrier and veterinary care.

*Please Note:
Monetary donations are used to purchase feed and are needed to help with veterinary and farrier costs.

We gladly accept bags of feed and other misc. items;

***ALWAYS IN NEED OF-GOOD GRASS HAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!***

These are items we use all the time and if you are not comfortable sending money, please feel free to send items like the ones mentioned above or contact us to see what is needed and stop by, say hello and meet the rescue animals you have been so kind to help.

Thank you so much.


When you choose to sponsor a rescue animal, you are helping to offset the cost of caring for the animal while it resides at Northwoods.
The majority of the rescue animals that arrive here are in need of longer term care. They are in some cases severely malnourished, have been neglected, abused, need months of corrective hoof care, require special medications, need dental care and the list goes on. Each animal is an individual with unique issues that needs to be evaluated and addressed. Most do not come with health records and require coggins testing, vaccinations, deworming, dental care, hoof care, grooming and plenty of quality hay and a feed designed for whatever their specific dietary need may be. To take a rescue animal in costs about $250.00 and that is not counting the transport costs of which usually average $100.00. We encourage our sponsors to come out and get to know and spend time with the animal(s) they are choosing to help. Each rescue animal is different as are it's specific needs. Whatever animal you choose to sponsor, you will be given a detailed list of monthly expenses at which time you can choose the amount you would like to donate monthly to that animal while it resides at NARS and remains in our rehabilitation program. You will be kept abreast of any changes to the animals condition and receive updates for as long as you wish to remain as a part of that animals life. Sponsorship is a crucial part of our ability to be able to provide our longer term residents the quality care they deserve. So please contact us on how you can become a NARS Sponsor.


Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering for NARS.

Should you be interested in volunteering, please click on Contact Us link from our menu and request a NARS Volunteer Application Form either be emailed or sent to you, please provide your email address or home address where you would like the form mailed. Once you have received the Volunteer Application Form, complete it and email the application back to us at or request our mailing address and just drop it in the mail. Once you have returned the form to us, we will review your application. We will then contact you so that we may set up a time to meet with you in person should an opportunity arise meeting your qualifications and interests. Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering! We simply cannot do it all without you. Thank you! :)


Adopting a NARS rescue animal is an exciting and rewarding process. It starts by looking through the bios and pictures of the rescue animals featured on our website. Once you see the animal you are interested in meeting, you simply contact us. We will send you an application form and inform you of the adoption criteria. Once you have returned the documentation we will then contact you to set up an appointment to come meet the animal you are interested in adopting. We understand that this process may take time and encourage anyone interested in adoption to take the time necessary as this is a very important decision for you as well as the animal you will be providing a forever loving home to. Once you have chosen the animal you are interested in adopting, we then require *up to 10 hours of on-site Introduction to the Rescue Animal instructional courses at our facility, as well as completion and approval of all adoption documentation including making sure your home/barn meets all the adoption requirements. At that time we can then finalize the adoption and you will then be able to take your new friend home with you or you may choose to board your animal at our facility. Adopting a rescue animal is so incredibly rewarding. We want to make sure it is a happy and successful experience for all involved.

*Introduction to the Rescue Animal is a course we offer as a part of the NARS adoption experience. The length of this course is dependent upon the amount of experience the person considering adoption has, not only with the type of animal he/she chooses, but how much experience this person has with a rescue animal. This is also a great time to get to know your rescue animal and decide if the two of you are a successful match. Each rescue animal is an individual as is each of their circumstances. NARS feels it is necessary to educate each person about their specific animal and give both the person and animal the time and tools they need to achieve success throughout the adoption process and their life together.


Becoming a foster care provider to a rescue animal in need is so incredibly helpful to NARS. We depend on people like you to open your hearts and homes to animals in need. Our facility can only provide refuge to a certain number of animals. Once we are at capacity, we can no longer take in animals and must be forced to turn them away. We do not want to turn any animal in need away-however, due to the extremely tough economy in conjunction with the hard Minnesota winter, there has been an influx of animals and no room to properly house them. Foster homes open up crucial space at our facility so that we may take in those animals needing emergency shelter and care. The majority of the rescue animals in need of foster care are healthy animals awaiting adoption. So please consider becoming a foster care provider to a rescue animal in need.

*General care costs of a NARS rescue animal (food/medicines, etc.) may be tax-deductible.


We are an animal cruelty free facility and live vegan and vegetarian lifestyles.

Education is key. Offering educational courses in gentle horsemanship as well as allowing you hands-on access to the rescue animal is what sets Northwoods Animal Rehabilitation Sanctuary & Adoption Center apart. We are a hands-on educational rescue facility. We strongly believe in each one teach one. By offering on-site courses in how to care for the rescue animal, you learn all about what it takes to run a rescue and everything involved from the initial call, the transport, the intake and all the care required to rehabilitate a once abused and neglected animal. Ultimately you learn how to not only care for a rescue animal, you learn how to prepare it for another chance at a quality life, above all you learn each animal is an individual and you learn responsibility for life. It is a journey... difficult, emotional and soul replenishing. Certainly one of the most memorable and rewarding journeys you could ever hope to be a part of.


Advocating for animals is as simple as volunteering for NARS or your local no-kill animal shelter. It is contacting your local government officials and helping to change the laws with regard to how animals, especially farm animals, are being treated in our state, across our nation and abroad. It is getting involved with local animal advocacy groups, choosing not to use or eat animal products. It is as simple as being kind to an animal in need as well as to the animals you may have in your own homes.
Advocacy is simply giving a voice, your voice, to those who do not have one of their own. It is showing compassion, taking care of, giving love to, providing safe haven for, fighting for the rights of all those who cannot do for themselves. It is being responsible for a life that is not your own. Advocacy is compassion, it is love, it is standing up for and doing something about what it is that is wrong. It's calling those who can help and being able to achieve results that benefit the animal as well as it's community. It is finding a balance where we can all coexist in a more peaceful, less violent, more compassionate society. Advocacy is love and it is our responsibility.

Below are the names of websites for animal advocacy groups;



Planned Giving

There are a number of ways to make a planned gift to Northwoods Animal Rehabilitation Sanctuary & Adoption Center, Inc., helping to ensure the Rescue Sanctuary will continue to provide care, rehabilitation, education and rescue work for generations to come. To learn more about any of the options below, please contact NARS, Inc. at 612.886.6986 or


A bequest allows you to make a gift to NARS without affecting your family’s current financial security.  While a bequest offers no immediate income tax benefits, it can reduce or even eliminate estate taxes. 

You can make a bequest to NARS, Inc. through your Will or by designating NARS as a beneficiary of your insurance policy or retirement plan.  To include NARS in your Will, we suggest the following language:

"I give, devise, and bequeath to Northwoods Animal Rehabilitation Sanctuary & Adoption Center, Inc., a non-profit Minnesota corporation, located in Andover, MN (please contact us for full address information), the sum of $____ (or, ___ percent of my estate, or, ___ percent of the residue of my estate) to be used for such purposes as the Board of Trustees determines at the time this bequest becomes effective."

If you prefer, a NARS, Inc. representative will be happy to talk with you and your legal advisor regarding the designation of your gift.

Insurance Policy

Naming the NARS as a primary or secondary beneficiary of an insurance policy is a very simple way to give a significant gift. 

Retirement Plan

Northwoods Animal Rehabilitation Sanctuary & Adoption Center, Inc. can be named as the beneficiary of all or a percentage of the residual balance of a qualified retirement plan. 

Gifts of Stocks or Mutual Funds

While many donors prefer to make gifts of cash, many contribute gifts of appreciated stocks or mutual funds as they can provide a double tax benefit: you can receive an income tax charitable deduction and you reduce or avoid capital gain taxes on the appreciated value of the securities. 

Income-Generating Gifts

Gifts to the Rescue Sanctuary that create a stream of income and charitable income tax deduction for you include charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder unitrusts. 

Charitable gift annuities are one of the most popular planned gift options.  Gift annuities can provide you with a guaranteed fixed income for your lifetime as well as significant tax benefits. In an uncertain economy, the stability of a charitable gift annuity is very attractive to donors who wish to avoid risk.

Charitable remainder unitrusts give you payments that fluctuate annually with the fair market value of the trust.

Contact your financial/legal advisor for more options and information on how to give a gift to NARS.

Thank you so very much for your support.

"Be the change you want to see in the world."

"The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can be judged by the way
it's animals are treated."

-Mahatma Gandhi

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