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PJ's Rescue started off as a far fetched idea between a group of 5 dedicated women. They wanted to provide a safe haven for bully breed dogs that were climbing the charts as the dogs most likely to be euthanized once in a shelter or adoption facility. With half of the original 5 living in Texas and the other half living in Minnesota, the group bonded together and made their dreams a reality in 2018.


With limited help and increased medical and transportation costs for animals in need of extra care, their rescue efforts remained small, but impactful. The team built relationships within the community both in Minnesota and Texas and PJ's Rescue became a registered 501c3 non-profit rescue.

As the team grew their connections within their communities, the team rescued dogs of all shapes and sizes, provided training, and rehomed the animals in homes around the Northland.

The founders based in Texas saw such a need for additional help, they created their own rescue based in Texas and have continued to provide aid to those animals who need it most.

The next big change for PJ's Rescue came when Tina, one of the original founders, gave up her full-time job as a dog groomer to take on the rescue's director role and Tracie, another one of the original founders, is now the rescue's treasurer on top of keeping her full-time job. Tina and Tracie have since brought on a group of dedicated board members and volunteers to continue the journey of saving as many animals as they can. These volunteers come from all backgrounds and walks of life, but they all have one thing in common - their love for animals.

The rescue has grown to 18 regular volunteers (and many more willing to lend aid in emergency cases) which has resulted in more than 400 dogs being fostered and adopted into their fur-ever homes. The rescue which once solely focused on bully breeds has opened its doors to dogs of all breeds (with the addition of some cats along the way). 

With the rescue growing, the volunteers soon began reaching out to local businesses, friends, and family members to help provide support. "We can't do it alone" quotes Tina as she recounts the many nights she's spent with volunteers completing intake processes, giving baths, grooming, and providing comfort to the new rescues. "The volunteers are just one piece to this puzzle, without donors our rescue efforts couldn't exist at the volume that they do" quotes Tracie. 

As of 2023, the rescues newest endeavor is finding a permanent business residence in Duluth. With the rescue growing and the need for a space to bath and provide intake evaluations for all new rescues becoming more and more important, the rescue needs a permanent place to place its roots.

Donations remain the foundation of the rescue. All donations go towards the rescue animals healthcare, food, and miscellaneous supplies. You can donate directly to PJ's Rescue here via PayPal or Venmo. If you are interested in becoming a foster volunteer or donating physical items like dog food, leashes, crates, etc. please reach out to us via email at or view or Amazon wish list here

Here's to a new year of #endlessPAWsibilities!


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At PJ's Bully Rescue, we work with a network of partners who share our commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of rescue dogs. Through donations of physical items and event space, we are grateful for the support of our partners and their dedication to helping us achieve our mission. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of these dogs and the families that adopt them.

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