About Us

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The Lake Traverse Animal Rezcue’s mission is to improve the quality of life for animals on the Lake Traverse Reservation, which is located on the South Dakota/North Dakota/Minnesota borders. This includes rescuing abused, neglected and unwanted animals, providing emergency vet care, helping animals from the Sisseton City Pound, and transporting these animals to other rescue groups for re-homing. We also provide spay/neuter/vaccination services for animals that remain on the reservation.

The majority of our animals go to rescue groups in the Twin Cities, but we also have rescue partners in SD and ND. They do not go to shelters, but instead go to foster home based rescue groups. For animals that will remain on the reservation, we provide free spay/neuter and vaccination clinics, provide educational resources to animal owners, and advocate for tribal laws that will better protect animals.

Although the majority of our animals are dogs and cats, we’ve also rescued quite a few horses, some rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, a donkey and a ferret.

The Lake Traverse Animal Rezcue is an all-volunteer based 501c3 non-profit rescue group, based in Sisseton, SD.  We have both tribal members and non-tribal member volunteers. Since we don’t do adoptions ourselves, all of our income is generated through donations and fundraising. Our Federal tax ID number is EIN 27-4582954.

One of our board members holds a dog after surgery.