Animal Folks

Mission Statement

To protect animals and prevent animal cruelty by creating a modern system of animal law enforcement in Minnesota.

Contact Information

1043 Grand Ave #115 #115
St. Paul, MN 55105

General Information

Alternative Name
Animal Law Resources
Principal Staff
Ann Olson
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Board Chair
Reese Frederickson
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Impact and Programs

Filed cruelty complaints with supporting documentation to law enforcement. Began building an animal crimes databank by conducting a study on cruelty cases in MN. Researched data including Certificates of Veterinary Inspection and USDA inspection records on commercial dog and cat breeding facilities to track violations. Formed a veterinary task force committee to define the role of veterinarians in cruelty cases. Conducted a study on the prevalence of pet stores in MN. Developed training materials and resources for law enforcement about animal law and cruelty investigations. Wrote and published 6 multi-page training sheets and 4 forms. Created "dog in hot car" materials.
Current Goals
Build the number of cases and data collected in our animal crimes databank. File three animal cruelty complaints with law enforcement regarding suspected or known animal cruelty. Develop a manual for veterinarians on Reporting Animal Cruelty and distribute to veterinarians throughout the state. Create a training program for veterinarians to prepare them to assist law enforcement with animal cruelty cases. Provide training for veterinarians on how to identify suspected cases of animal cruelty in their clinic practice. Host a public viewing of the documentary "Dog by Dog", to educate the public about puppy mills.
Community or Constituency Served
We serve animals in Minnesota. Animal Folks is a statewide nonprofit made up of 7,500 (human) supporters, representing all districts in Minnesota. While our efforts are on behalf of animals, we also serve the interests of Minnesota residents who believe animals should be treated humanely and the laws to protect animals should be enforced; in doing so, we serve the broader interests and values of the State. Through a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach, we also work with and serve Minnesota authorities who are involved in the enforcement of animal law.
Geographic Area Served
Animal Folks serves the state of Minnesota. We also partner with organizations outside of Minnesota on occasion.


3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services $45,349 79.5%
Management $6,324 11.1%
Fundraising $8,184 14.3%
Unrestricted Net Assets
2015 2014 2013
End of Year: $84,202 $21,913 $8,523
Beginning of Year: $21,913 $8,523 $2,096
Difference: $62,289 $13,390 $6,427

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