The Marshmallow Animal Shelter  is a non-profit animal shelter that serves as city pound for Detroit Lakes, Frazee, Audubon, Lake Park, Waubun, Mahnomen and Callaway, as well as Becker County.  Our shelter is located inside of the Lucky Dog Training Complex located at 1478 Mallard Street, Detroit Lakes, MN  56501. Donations can be made in person, via mail or by clicking on the Donate button below!
To view our wish list, click HERE or scroll down!


King Leo (above) was brought to our shelter after sustaining serious injuries. 

On average, we have around 60 cats and 20 dogs to care for while they wait to find new homes and families.  These numbers may fluctuate but the one constant is this:  there is always another cat or dog needing our help.  Many of these cats and dogs are with us for months and even years because we are committed to caring for them until we can find them suitable homes.  We are asking for your help so that we may continue to provide a safe haven for pets in need until they find a new place to call home!

Porky (above) was brought to our shelter after he was found sick, hungry and left to fend for himself in the middle of winter.   

The operating expenses of the shelter run between $10,000-$12,000 each month! This includes care for animals, medical supplies, staff costs, insurance, rent, water, kitty litter, cat and dog food, etc.  We rely substantially on your generous donations to keep our doors open! 

Punkin (above) is one of several cats brought to our shelter that need vaccinations and other vetting services.    

Donating is easy!


Five kittens that our shelter cared for after they were tossed out of an apartment window.


Our shelter collects WE-CARE receipts!  We are able to turn them in and receive cash for the shelter!  Feel free to drop them off at any time, send via mail or let us know if we need to pick them up! 
MinnKota Recycling

The Marshmallow Animal Shelter collects aluminum cans!  Feel free to drop your cans off at the shelter-there is a trailer parked out front!  If you wish to donate your cans to the Marshmallow Animal Shelter but are able to take them directly to MinnKota Recycling, just let their office know that you are donating the cans on behalf of the shelter and they will take care of the rest! 


Wish List

(We are very thankful and appreciative for all donations, however we have noticed that Meow Mix cat food (wet and dry) causes tummy upset and preventable stress on the kitties. Therefore we will be unable to accept that brand of cat food. Please see the list below for some brands that seem to agree with their tummies. Thank you!)
Dry and Canned Food Options
- Purina One                                
(Chicken/Turkey or Urinary Tract)
-Royal Canin
(Sensitive Digestion, Kitten) 
-Nutri Source
-Kitten Milk Replacer  
-Comfort Zone Feliway Diffusar kits, refills, and spray.
-Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming Supplements for Cats                
-Litter Boxes (All Sizes & Kinds - Covered, Not covered, High sided)
-Disposable Litter Boxes and/or Disposable Foil Pans (All Sizes)                                                         
-Cat Litter Deodorizer/Baking Soda
-Coffee Filters
-High Calorie Booster
-Digestive Support (Forti-Flora)
-Hard Cat Carriers (Big & Small)
-Cat Toys:  Furry or Fuzzy mice, jingle balls, catnip and catnip filled toys, Kong Kickers. The kitties also appreciate any fun items that will fit inside their kennels since they have to spend so much time inside of them! 
-ANY CANNED/WET food that is chicken or turkey base is needed and appreciated!
-Nutri Source Adult Chicken & Rice Formula Dry Food
-Science Diet Adult Sensitive Stomach & Skin Dry Food
(Other brands like Nutro, Purina, Royal Canin are also appreciated!)
-Wellness Canned or Dry Food
-Puppy Milk Replacer
-Canned Pumpkin (Plain Pumpkin; Not pumpkin mix or filling)
-Chew Toys:  Appropriate items are Nylabones, Kongs, Tuffy Bones, Bully sticks and Rawhides.
Kennel Staff Needs
-Bleach:  No Special Brand or Scent, Large Quantities used for Sanitation Purposes.
-Anti-Bacterial Dish Soap
-Laundry Detergent
-Dryer Sheets
-Purell Hand Sanitizer (or other high alcohol content hand sanitizer, %70+)
-Ziploc Bags (Large & Small)
-Paper Towels
-Commercial Mop Heads
-Gift Cards to PetSmart, Wal-Mart, Menards, Amazon, Petco & Target
Office Supply Needs
-HP 61 XL Black Ink for HP Printer
-HP 61 XL Color Ink for HP Printer
-Printer Paper (8.5 x 11)
-Large Envelopes (4.13 in. x 9.5 in.)
-Highlighters (All Colors)
-Black Pens
-Black Permanent Markers
-Correction Tape
-Name Badges w/Clips (For Kennel Cards & Volunteers)
-Large Paper Clips
-Bulldog Clips
-Sheet Protectors
-Postage Stamps
-Gift Cards to PetSmart, Wal-Mart, Menards, Amazon, Petco & Target
Veterinary Needs
Our veterinary bills can average around $2,000 each month.  Any donations to help with the vetting of our adoptable pets is very much appreciated! This includes:
-Vaccines (Rabies, Distemper Combos, Bordetella)
-Wellness Exams
-SNAP Tests (Parvo, FIV/FeLV, Feline Heartworm, Canine Heartworm,  Lymes and other tick borne illnesses)
-De-Wormer (Pyrantel, Panacur, Praziquantel)
-Flea & Tick Medicine (Capstar for Cats, Revolution for Cats & Dogs, Advantage Multi for Cats)
-Lactated Ringers Solution IV Bags

Thank You For Your Generosity!