Our Mission

Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home companion animals while educating the public.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world where all animals are loved and respected by everyone.

Our History

Over thirty-five years ago Star of the North Humane Society was created by compassionate individuals determined to provide much needed animal welfare services in your area. We started helping animals in 1978; we officially organized in 1980. Eventually we had a building to provide a shelter for abused, neglected, and unwanted animals.
It was a place where the animals could heal physically and rebuild their trust in humanity. It was a place where people could find their special companions. It was a place where volunteers could see the wonderful results of the work they were doing. Unfortunately, by 2011, it was clear that the aging building was no longer the safe and healthy refuge it was intended to be. With great sadness we found places for the remaining animals and closed the doors for good.
In spite of the loss of the shelter, Star of the North Humane Society has continued to provide many services for the animals and people of Itasca County and the Northland community. Through the hard work of a dedicated group of volunteers we are continuing to help scores of animals to begin their new lives in loving homes.

Board of Directors

Cindy Mahon


Before Cindy became a Board member she was a foster home for Star of the North animals. Besides being President of the Humane Society, she is currently doing a great job as the Star of the North Spay/Neuter Program Coordinator. She recently attended training to became a Minnesota Humane Agent. Cindy lives with her husband, three children,...
Cindy Mahon

Pam Olson


Pam lives in Bovey with her family and four pets. She has two dogs and two cats. Lacey is a seven year-old Golden Retriever and Beau is a three year-old lab/golden/chessy mix who was adopted from Star of the North. Zoey, who was adopted from Star of the North in 2009, is a black and white tuxedo DSH and Olaf,...
Pam Olson

Krystal Laurs


Krystal moved to Grand Rapids in 2012 with her husband and three children. Her husband was in the military for nine years.   They also rescued their boxer, Duke, in 2012.
Krystal Laurs