About Us


The mission of The Mesabi Humane Society is to promote humane treatment through sheltering, alteration, adoption, and community education.

Our Shelter

The Mesabi Humane Society is a chapter of the Minnesota State Humane Society and is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. We have been serving and caring for animals since 1978 and opened our current facility in 1986. We are a no-kill shelter and only use humane euthanasia when it is medically necessary.


  • provide animal control services to most of St. Louis County, Minnesota

  • respond to hording situations, sometimes rescuing as many as 76 animals

  • shelter as many as 605 animals/year

  • Deworm, spay, neuter, vaccinate, and deliver other veterinary medical care for abandoned and surrendered cats and dogs in our care and

  • offer community education to children and adults.


Please visit us on Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Although we are closed to the public on Mondays and on holidays, we are busy cleaning the shelter and cages and feeding the animals seven days a week. Volunteers are welcome!

Our address is:

2305 Southern Drive

Virginia, MN 55792

Telephone: 218-741-7425