Membership Criteria

First and foremost MnPaw members focus on common goals and are mutually respectful of other animal welfare organizations throughout Minnesota.

Minimum requirements for membership include:

  • Based in or have a significant presence (physical or otherwise) in Minnesota
  • In good standing legally in the animal welfare community–no action, legal cases, investigations, or history of animal welfare violations
  • Members are respectful and professional

MnPaw offers two Membership Types

Partner Member

  • Partner members are focused on animal welfare as their mission
  • Partner members may be 501(c)3 or registered as a non-profit in the state of MN, yet this is not a requirement
  • Exmaples of partner members include animal shelters, foster-based rescues, governmental organizations, and advocacy organizations

Affiliate Member

  • Affiliates support animal welfare issues, yet may not actively work to promote anim
  • Examples include local pet stores
  • Affiliate members may be asked to contribute to and/or sponsor MnPAW events at an annual amount of $500

Ground Rules for Participation in the Coalition

  • We agree with the mission of the coalition.
  • We believe collaboration is the key to success and that we can fulfill our mission by working together.
  • We are committed to making the coalition a positive force in the animal-helping community by focusing on the common ground, shared goals, and points of agreement among our members.
  • We will not publicly criticize the efforts of the coalition, the members of the coalition, or others in the animal-helping community.
  • We are committed to building a consensus with the full participation of all members and will strive to reach decisions all members can accept.
  • We support transparency in the coalition’s governance, finances, policies, and programs.
  • We will share information regarding our own organization’s activities as they relate to the coalition’s mission and goals (such as intake, adoption, euthanasia, and spay/neuter numbers) so that the coalition’s achievements can be measured.
  • We agree that consistency in participation is key to keeping the coalition’s efforts focused and moving forward and will send the same representative(s) to each coalition meeting.