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Field Trip: Red Lake Rosie's Rescue

Red Lake, Minnesota

Red Lake, Minnesota

Get ’em while they’re young! Founder Karen Good tries to impart humane education into the endeavors of Rosie’s Rescue, since rescue alone is not enough. LYNN MECUM
The organization: Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue


Established: 2004 by volunteers on an Ojibwe Indian reservation

Handles: About 500 animals per year; half sheltered, half community animals

Resources: Four committee members, 22 remote volunteers, zero paid staff

Funding: Grants from St. Paul’s Foundation, Minneapolis Foundation, and Bob Barker’s DJ&T Foundation; volunteer-run garage sales and fundraisers

Seeing the forest for the trees: A few years ago, Karen Good was picking up every stray that crossed her path on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Northwestern Minnesota. She wasn’t an ACO—in fact, there were no animal control agencies or animal care organizations on the entire reservation, a chunk of land the size of Rhode Island. But while the elementary school science teacher felt compelled to do her part, it didn’t take long for her and a couple of kindred spirits to realize that it wasn’t enough.

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