Your donation will help us fund much needed veterinary care for the shelter animals and fund community spay/neuter/vaccination clinics.
Red Lake Rosie's Rescue, Inc. is in its 12th year as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to reduce the overpopulation, homelessness, disease, and malnutrition of companion animals on the Red Lake Reservation and surrounding area in northwestern Minnesota.
The overpopulation of companion animals has remained unchecked for generations on the reservation. Red Lake Rosie’s (RLRR) is named after Rosie, one of the first dogs rescued.
The Red Lake Reservation, which is approximately the size of Rhode Island, has a population of about 9000 residents. There have been no other programs in the history of the nation that address the needs or protect the rights of companion animals until Red Lake Rosie's was formed in 2006. Hampered by isolation, a harsh climate, high unemployment, poverty and a high incidence of crime and domestic violence, the companion animals suffer more than any other group.
There are no veterinarians on the reservation, and pet health care, vaccinations, and spaying/neutering are almost non-existent. Even those animals that are not homeless often live outdoors without shelter and are expected to forage for their food. Many have malnutrition, dehydration; gunshot and other forms of abusive wounds; injuries from collisions with autos; as well as infection with mange mites and other parasites. It is a common and acceptable practice for residents to drop off litters of puppies and kittens, as well as adult animals, at the community garbage dumpsters, where they are left to die of starvation, exposure, and/or disease.
On the west boundary of the Red Lake Reservation RLRR has built an animal shelter with 30 outdoor dog/puppy kennels, and an indoor shelter for cats, kittens, and very young puppies and smaller breeds in an older building. All of the animals at the shelter must be transported to rescues in the Minneapolis/St Paul area, 270 miles away, since there are very few potential adoptive homes in the rural communities near the reservation.
There is a Twin Cities group of volunteers called "Friends of Rosie" who support RLRR assisting with animal, food, and supplies transport; fostering; staffing community spay/neuter clinics; and fundraising. Our Board of Directors includes 2 residents of Red Lake Reservation, 2 residents of Bemidji, and 2 residents of the metropolitan area.
2006 – 500 animals rescued; 346 spayed/neutered
2007 – 503 animals rescued; 455 spayed/neutered
2008 – 619 animals rescued; 526 spayed/neutered
2009 – 859 animals rescued; 599 spayed/neutered
2010 – 771 animals rescued; 700 spayed/neutered
2011 – 609 animals rescued; 731 spayed/neutered
2012 – 675 animals rescued; 530 spayed/neutered
2013 – 700 animals rescued; 452 spayed/neutered
2014 – 829 animals rescued; 516 spayed/neutered
2015- 856 animals rescued; 602 spayed/neutered
2016 -893 animals rescued; 630 spayed/neutered