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About Us

  Our mission at Northern Lakes Rescue is to be a voice for the voiceless animals needing help. We aim to improve the life of these animals in need by placing them in loving foster home while getting them the care they need for them to move on to the next chapter in their lives; and that is their forever home. Our organization values compassion, understanding, and love above all else.      

  Our mission at Northern Lakes Rescue is to be a voice for the voiceless animals needing help. We aim to improve the life of these animals in need by placing them in loving foster home while getting them the care they need for them to move on to the next chapter in their lives; and that is their forever home. Our organization values compassion, understanding, and love above all else.      

Rescue animals are not broken, they've simply experienced more life than other animals. If they were human, we would call them wise. They would be the ones with tales to tell and stories to write, the ones dealt a bad hand who responded with courage. Don't pity them. Do something. Help to rescue. Donate. Volunteer. Foster. Adopt. And be proud to have their greatness by your side. 

Rescue animals are not broken, they've simply experienced more life than other animals. If they were human, we would call them wise. They would be the ones with tales to tell and stories to write, the ones dealt a bad hand who responded with courage. Don't pity them. Do something. Help to rescue. Donate. Volunteer. Foster. Adopt. And be proud to have their greatness by your side. 

"TOGETHER WE SAVE"

"Thank you Daniel Bade for this beautiful sentiment"


“It’s easy to think about the world as this really big place that we can’t change, but when you’re in someone’s home with their rescued dog, there’s a real tangible example of a person making the world a better place.” 


"TOGETHER WE SAVE"

"Thank you Daniel Bade for this beautiful sentiment"


“It’s easy to think about the world as this really big place that we can’t change, but when you’re in someone’s home with their rescued dog, there’s a real tangible example of a person making the world a better place.” 


Leadership Team

Shannon Steele - President & Founder

I have been doing animal rescue for about two years and have made it my life and passion. I started out rescuing by helping people that were posting their dogs on craigslist and pet pages on Facebook and educating them on the bad things that can happen when posting their dogs on sites like this. I would educate them on foster based rescues, I then would be a third party networking for rescues to take on the dogs. I then took an internal role with a rescue as a placement coordinator as I found my passion was to help the misunderstood pitbulls. I volunteered my time for a year and half and after 150 plus adoptions of dogs and cates I decided I wanted to expand my passion with rescue and start a rescue right up in Northern Minnesota and bringing awareness to the communities up here what foster home based rescues are all about so I reached out to some very avid animal lovers  and rescuers and talked with them about starting our own rescue. So it began!!

I have 3 wonderful rescue dogs that I call my own. Enoch, one of my pitbulls, was a dog that came to our house with severe separation anxiety and needed a home so he wasn't going to ever be bounced around because no one would work with his anxiety. He has lived with us for almost two years And has learned to cope with his anxiety and live a happy life, he does this because he knows he is loved and in his forever home. Murdock is our 100lb oaf of a black lab, Murdock was on a euthization list at a local animal shelter for food aggression and my husband and I wanted to save him and teach him that he will always have food with us he came to us only weighing 58lbs he was very skinny and very scared, today he weighs 100lbs and living life of knowing that he doesn't have to fight for his next dinner. Nevah our little pitbull we rescued from a pet page on facebook and drove in the middle of the night to save her from some bad people she was 8 weeks old and we were just going to temp foster until we found a foster to take her. After 2 days at our home we fell in love with her and adopted her. We have also had our beloved Cooper and Prinz but they have crossed the rainbow bridge and will never forget them. 

Neal Fisher - Vice President

My name is Neal Fisher, vice president of NLR, and I've been involved with animal rescue for almost 5 years now. I got started because my daughter fell in love with a deaf dog at our local animal shelter. We followed his story, and he ended up in a foster home for a rescue in the cities where I eventually became a volunteer. That got my foot in the door, and I've been hooked ever since. I have done everything from transports, to hosting adoption events, and everything in between! Animal rescue has become my passion, and it's where I've met many of my very close friends! I have been and always will be a voice for the voiceless. Together WE save!

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