About Us


The Humane Society of Goodhue County is a non-profit organization located in Red Wing, MN that serves the community by caring for the area’s animals in need. Our mission is to protect animals by providing shelter, promoting adoption & responsible pet ownership, and preventing animal over-population.

Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions—if you have a question that you don’t see addressed here on our website, feel free to contact us. We are happy to share information about what we do and why we do it.

Please click here for hours and directions.

Our animal records are available here.


Our History

The Humane Society of Goodhue county is a private, non-profit organization established September 15, 1983. A hand full of dedicated volunteers saw the need for a Humane Society and took it upon themselves to help the stray, abandoned, sick and homeless animals in the area.

In the Spring of 1990 we began building our current shelter at 1213 Brick Ave. in Red Wing. In February of 1991 we welcomed the first animals into the shelter, no longer relying solely on foster homes. It soon became apparent that a larger facility would be needed to meet all of our needs and began our building addition in the summer of 2002.

We are currently able to house 100 animals, including litters of puppies and kittens. Our facility now has 16 indoor/outdoor kennels for adoption dogs with heated cement floors in the winter and air conditioning for those hot summer months. With the addition we were also able to include a small retail sales area, add a public boarding area and provide grooming services.

Since 2012 we have been making improvements based on the Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians to not only provide the minimum standards but to work towards the ideal. We are continuously striving to do better and to improve the lives of the animals in our care.


Humane Society Visits

We are happy to bring animals and talk about the Humane Society, or just give a presentation about who we are and what we do to schools, daycares, senior living facilities, community organization meetings, and the like. Please contact us to set up a time and discuss details.

There is no charge for having us visit but donations are always appreciated.