Who Are We?
S.O.S. Rescue Relief, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit relief organization dedicated to providing support to animal rescue groups, shelters and sanctuaries. We offer community education, fostering support, specialized medical care, and adoption assistance. We are also licensed and inspected by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, license number MN498050.
The concept of S.O.S. Rescue Relief, Inc. and The Adopt-A-Pet Shop was born during multiple difficult rescue missions. From Hurricane Katrina to volunteering at day-to-day adoption events, it became clear to our founders that the actual “saving” part was much easier than the “where do they go now?” part of the equation. We always found willing rescue organizations, but the adoption and placement of animals was challenging. The resulting log jam of adoptable pets seemed to be the real issue confronting us, in addition to the ever-present funding issue.
In 2012 our organization was born, S.O.S. Rescue Relief opened a physical store front property in Plymouth MN, by the name of The Adopt-A-Pet Shop. For over eight years The Shop provide animal rescues a dedicated physical space to conduct adoptions, increase visibility of available companion animals and help streamline the operations and efforts of partner groups. When The Shop opened its doors to the community there were 200+ registered animal rescue in MN and a national kill rate of 10 million dogs and cats per year. Nine years later MN has 400+ animal rescues and the national kill rate down to 1 million per year. While the number is still far too large, we were moving in the right direction.
In 2020 as a pandemic swept the country, and forced nationwide shutdowns, the rescue community was suddenly faced with many new problems and setbacks. Due to shutdowns halting spaying and neutering programs for weeks, all trap-neuter-release efforts had to be pause. The feral cat and dog population was expanding once again setting rescuers back by months.
With a now re-surging cat population due to the Covid-19 shut down, the time had come for S.O.S. Rescue Relief to step out from behind retail windows and dedicate our future animal rescue resources toward the most vulnerable members of the pet population – the fragile, the sick, and the unsocialized cats and kittens who currently need our support the most. In July of 2020 with mixed emotions, we closed our store front property, to better serve our new goals.
Our rescue work is far from done – it is simply changing. A “no kill” country is within our grasp, but only if we continue to challenge our way of thinking and reinvent ourselves to meet the ever-evolving needs of the pets in our community. Just like the innovative opening of our adoption center in the post-Katrina rescue world, we need to keep re-evaluating and shifting our resources to where we can do the most good. Our new world will be dedicated to providing the best medical care, community education, trap-neuter-release and fostering assistance to our partners.
Partner with multiple rescue organizations to impact the number of animals saved
Assist the trap-neuter release efforts across MN
Facilitate the adoption of animals by placing them in specialized foster homes dedicated to the socialization, health and wellbeing of each feline resident
Provide day-to-day and emergency support to our rescue partners to increase our chances of placing more healthy pets in forever homes
The Adopt-A-Pet Shop Policy
We are unable to take owner surrenders or strays. We are a rescue relief organization who only brings in homeless pets from partner groups and shelters.
Shari and Stephanie Timberlake