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Welcome, Friends!

Our volunteers at Prairie Paws Rescue want to thank you for dropping by our site to take a look at the lovable animals that we have for adoption.  We are dedicated to rescuing pets in bad situations. Most of the animals you see here have been saved from cruel or neglectful situations and often from death.  Thanks to many kind-hearted foster parents, they are being well cared for until you can give them a special place in your home and heart. 

If you see one of the fur-kids on our site that you would like to meet, please contact us, and we'll set up an appointment for a visit.


Missing: Priscilla, a Prairie Paws Rescue foster dog is missing from the Jamestown S & R Truck stop area. She is wearing a green collar and Prairie Paws tag. Priscilla is timid and shy.

Update: She was seen 4 miles south of Jamestown Hospital. Any sightings and information please call Prairie Paws Rescue 701 320-4553.

Barnes Country Sheriff's Dept Fundraiser

The Barnes County Sheriff's Dept is sponsoring a fund raiser for Prairie Paws on Wednesday, July 27th from 5-7pm at the Valley City VFW. You're invited!! A BBQ Beef Sandwich supper will be held for a free will donation. More info on the flyer above.

64 Dogs Now Property of Prairie Paws

Press release: June 15, 2016 the Barnes County Sheriff’s Office along with the help of Prairie Paws Rescue executed on a Barnes County District Court, court order to seize 64 canines from a Barnes County property. Based on the findings of the ND State Veterinarian’s investigation they recommended the canine animals be confiscated from the premises.

Prairie Paws Rescue is asking for help in the care of 64 dogs that were seized by the Barnes County Sheriff's Office in an ongoing investigation. The dogs will need to be held for a period of time and volunteers are needed to help with the daily care and socializing of the animals.

We are also asking for donations of toys, treats, chew bones (medium to large) for the dogs. Monetary donations are also needed to help with expenses such as gas, transport, paper towels, and other supplies for maintaining the temporary kennels.

In this hot weather if people would like to help with Gatorade and water it also would be appreciated by the cleaning staff to keep our workers hydrated.

If you would like to volunteer email If you do not have access to a computer please call 701-320-4553 or 701-269-2206.

Now Accepting Donations at Jamestown Menards!

Jamestown Menards is doing a pet food and supply drive for Prairie Paws Rescue during the month of May. The donation box is located by the Exit entrance. Please check the "NEEDED" supply list on the donation box. Thank you from the tips of wet Noses to our Wagging tails for the donations!

Thank You, Caribou Coffee!

Thank you to Caribou Coffee inside of Jamestown Hugo's for their generous $678.21 donation from December trips! Pictured is Kaye from Paririe Paws and Tammy, manager of Caribou Coffee.

Thank you, Trevin!

From The Jamestown Sun: Trevin Behm, a 7-year-old boy who was devastated after his family lost their dog, Tucker, to a cancerous tumor, started a fundraiser Jan. 22 to purchase food for hungry dogs.

In less than a month, Trevin raised nearly $1,200, and with MAACKE Plumbing Heating & Air LLC of Jamestown matching up to $500, Trevin’s fundraiser totaled at nearly $1,700.

Read the full story from The Jamestown Sun here.

Raise the Woof!

Prairie Paws would like to thank everybody that has donated, bought a ticket, or sonsored this year's Raise The Woof event! The show and fundraiser were a lot of fun, and thanks to you, it was a huge success!

Thank you again to our sponsors: Dakota Promotions, Unison Bank, Northern Plaines Cooperative, Wells Fargo Bank, Better Homes Property Management, Gate City Bank, Agri-Cover Inc, RM Stoudt, Southwood Vet Clinic, Shady's Lounge, Don Wilhelm, The Grimm Family, Dakota Central Telecommunications, and Lifestyle Appliance Center.

Vote for Prairie Paws Daily in the Shelter Challenge!

Banner for Shelter ChallengeFor several years, Prairie Paws has participated in the Shelter Challenge, and we still hope to one day win a state challenge! With your help and your daily votes, we could be awarded with a $1,000 donation, which is awarded to one shelter each month.

    How To Vote:
  • Click the banner above, or visit the Shelter Challenge website
  • In the 'Shelter Search' form, type in "prairie paws," or search for us by state
  • Click Vote!

Thank you, and remember to vote daily!

Comfort for Critters!

Comfort for Critters located in Illinois donated handcrafted blankets to the pets at Prairie Paws Rescue. Shiloh and Marble look pretty cozy and are enjoying the blankets. For more information about Comfort for Critters check out their website: you from the rescued pets at Prairie Paws.

Thank you, PBK Elementary!

Pingree Buchanan Kensal Elementary school had a coin drive fundraiser called 100 coins for 100 days of school. The proceeds were donated to Prairie Paws Rescue. Precious and Pooh Bear are showing off the funds raised. Thank you for considering Prairie Rescue for the proceeds!

Thank You, Modern Woodmen!!

Prairie Paws Rescue would like to say a special thanks again to John Saul of Modern Woodmen. John donated a $100 shopping spree at Jamestown Tractor Supply Company to Prairie Paws Rescue.  The rescue was in need of leashes, pine shavings, puppy training pads, and pill pockets. Thank you for the generous donation for the pets at Prairie Paws Rescue!!

Miranda Lambert and MuttNation Foundation Make a Generous Donation to Prairie Paws!

Miranda Lambert and Kaye John Country music star Miranda Lambert loves dogs, and her MuttNation Foundation has spread that love, along with thousands of dollars, all over the U.S. — including Jamestown’s own Prairie Paws Rescue.

The local rescue organization received $3,000 this week from Lambert and her charity.

“I burst into tears when I opened the mailbox and opened the letter,” said Kaye John, co-founder of Prairie Paws. “… we never get money of that denomination given to us — we feel like we’ve hit the lottery and then some.”

To read the entire story, visit the Jamestown Sun. Thank you, Miranda, Lambert family, and MuttNation Foundation!!

Meet Our Felines at Bismarck Petco!

Picture of cats for adoption in Bismarck Petco

Stop by and visit The Petco Cat Adoption Center in Bismarck, ND that has 1-4 Prairie Paws Rescue cats and kittens waiting for adopters. Come meet our friendly felines who are looking for homes. All medical work is completed including spay/neutering, shots, worming, flea treatment, some are already declawed.feline leukemia test(negative) and vet exams. Adoption fees are only $50 + tax with an approved application.

Note: A BIG Thank You to the "HIT" program for volunteering to care for theses cats prior to adoption. We couldn't continue the success of our adoptions without YOU!

Pet "Meet & Greets"

Prairie Paws Rescue has a "Pet Meet and Greet" the 2nd Saturday of each month at Tractor Supply Co. located at 1100 5th Ave SE in Jamestown, running from 10am-2pm. Free will donations are appreciated to help with extra medical costs for our rescued pets, including pets' dental cleanings, and other medical costs that are not passed on to adopters.

Note: A BIG THANKS to everyone who helps and especially to those who adopt our fur-friends!!

Happy Tails

Frankie the long haired Dachshund was rescued from an area pound. There are many dogs that never make it into loving families as there are not enough foster Frankie and Graciehomes or room at shelters to keep all of them. Frankie came to Prairie Paws and met his forever family thru the website. Gracie had been watching his picture and knew that Frankie was meant to be her dog.

After the family went through the adoption process, Gracie and Frankie met and it was an instant attraction. Frankie acted like he had known the family forever. Frankie and Gracie are a great pair!

Request for Photos

Have you adopted a pet from Prairie Paws Rescue? We have had a successful year with over 160 adoptions. We are looking for "HAPPY TAILS" photos of the adopted pets. We would love to include your adopted pets' photos and any story you might have about them. Please email photo and information to:

Foster Homes Needed

Photo of owner Estrella and foster dogsAs many of you know, Prairie Paws Rescue has no facilities for housing pets. We depend upon foster homes to take in pets until permanent homes are found. Fostering an animal can be as short as overnight, or as long as several months. The animals are placed in foster homes where nurturing begins, and during that time their medical process is completed before being adopted. If you are interested in becoming a foster caretaker to a pet, please contact us.

Dog Rescue & Relief Award presented to Prairie Paws

Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2012 17:15:52 -0400

Dear Prairie Paws Rescue,

We at truly admire those who dedicate time out of their lives towards helping dogs. After visiting your website and reading about your organization we strongly feel that Prairie Paws Rescue is responsible for not only saving countless dog's lives but also for improving the quality of life for many animals. While there are countless dog lovers in the world, very few strive to make the world a better place for dogs everywhere and we thank you for that.

We are pleased to present Prairie Paws Rescue with our Dog Rescue & Relief Award.

We thank you for all the time and hard work your organization provides for dogs in need. We understand what a difficult task this can be and hope that this token of our appreciation will show you how much you really are valued in the hearts of all dog owners.

Thanks again for all that you do!

Best regards,

Steven - Chief Editor, Potty Train Dogs

Prairie Paws Rescue Supports Our Troops

Banner with Whitney John's welcome homeWhitney, Kaye John's daughter, was doing her part as a rescuer in Iraq as many rescue groups all over the USA were sending her food to feed the strays overseas on her off-duty hours. Now she helps with the rescue pets at Prairie Paws by helping drive animals during transports. She also helps foster some of the animals until permanent homes can be found.

Thank you, Whitney, for your service!!

Images of pets available for adoption

Featured Pet of the Week

Meet Forrest!

Hi, I'm Forrest! I am a 3-year-old Schnauzer/Poodle, but you can also call me a "Schnoodle!" That means I'm a low-shedding boy, but must be kept groomed every few months. When I came to Prairie Paws, you can see my previous owners had no clue of how to care for me and my hair. I was very matted with burrs, and my nails were too longs. Thanks to Prairie Paws, I look and feel so much better, and I'm ready to start a new life with a new family and my new look!

To read more about Forrest, and for a full list of animals available for adoption at Prairie Paws Rescue, visit our PetFinder page.