The City of Mankato and the Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society (BENCHS) have partnered on operating the city’s animal impound. Loose animals found in the city will be brought to BENCHS, where staff will provide care to housed animals, return them to their owners or place them for adoption (after five days of not being claimed).

“While the city has been providing these services through public safety staff for many years, BENCHS can provide enhanced animal care services and achieve a wider outreach to try to find owners,” says Matt DuRose, deputy director of public safety. “As a result, there’s cost savings and time efficiencies and the animals benefit by receiving enhanced services and care.”

Since May 2020, BENCHS has been providing this service because the animal impound was closed due to the pandemic. During this time, more than 115 stray animals have been brought to BENCHS and more than 30 percent of them were reunited with their families.

“We’re committed to finding loving forever homes for lost abandoned and neglected animals,” says Andrew Burk, executive director of BENCHS. “We’ve been working with the city for many years and it makes sense to find a way to further strengthen how we work together.”