Secondhand Hounds

Secondhand Hounds is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue. Since our founding in 2009, we've rescued over 13,500 dogs, cats and critters.

Secondhand Hounds is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue. Founded in July of 2009, our 1,500+ foster homes, 3,000 dedicated volunteers, and staff members have made a positive impact on the lives of many animals in our community. Our organization provides safe foster homes, proper veterinary care and daily necessities for our dogs and cats, while working hard to find each a permanent, loving home!

In 2016, we spent over $700,000 on veterinary care and are projected to spend even more this year. Your donations go a long way in allowing us to save and care for hundreds of deserving animals each year. Secondhand Hounds loves all animals animals, and regularly goes above and beyond for difficult veterinary cases. Our ability to provide such thorough care is directly due to the support we receive from you.

At any given point, Secondhand Hounds has approximately 350-400 dogs and cats in our care. Each of these dogs and cats receive:

  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Distemper and Rabies vaccinations and boosters
  • Deworming treatment
  • Heartworm tests and treatment/medication (if positive)
  • Microchip implant
  • Bordetella vaccinations (as needed)
  • FIV and FeLV tests and treatment/medication (if positive)
  • Monthly heartworm and flea/tick preventatives
  • Dental care if needed
  • Orthopedic surgery and aftercare if needed
  • Care for illness and injury
  • Food, treats and supplements appropriate for their nutritional needs
  • Access to free training
  • Supplies for our fosters (food, crate, bedding, toys, leash, collar, cat litter, etc.)


Forever Loved
Hospice Program

In 2016, 42 animals were accepted into our Forever Loved hospice program. We cover all their medical bills, and also provide each animal with special food, an orthopedic bed, and medicine for pain, eye, ear, dental, or other issues as needed. This program relies on hospice foster homes to open their hearts to dogs who will not ever leave.

Fighter Fund
Special Cases Program

We make sure animals that are victims of abuse, neglect, bad breeding or accidents have a chance. A chance to get the veterinary and emotional help they need, and eventually find loving forever homes. Our commitment to these animals comes at a price - much of the care we dedicate each year to veterinary care goes to animals in our Fighter Fund program.

Secondhand Hope
Companion Pet Visit Program

Our Secondhand Hope program offers companion pet visits to Minnesota assisted living communities and other facilities. Our goal is to provide both humans and animals with comfort, socialization, and companionship.

We love talking about our program and we believe in transparency for our supporters. Please ask us questions so you know exactly where your donation is going. We are happy discussing everything from our adoptable animals, to our special cases, to our programs, and our community outreach efforts. Our organization has become an amazing community of people from every walk of life, and we would love to bring you on board!

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