Blue Earth Nicollet County Pet Shelter/BENCHS

A 1250 N River Drive, Mankato, MN 56001 shelter helping to find loving homes for dogs, cats.

Emily Braaten

Pets at Blue Earth Nicollet County Pet Shelter/BENCHS

  • Any
  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Any
  • Baby
  • Puppy
  • Kitten
  • Young
  • Adult
  • Senior
  • Any
  • Male
  • Female


Female, Adult
Domestic Shorthair


Male, Kitten
Domestic Shorthair


Male, Young
Domestic Mediumhair


Female, Adult
Pit Bull Terrier


Male, Young
Domestic Shorthair


Male, Senior
Golden Retriever / Australian Shepherd


Female, Adult
Domestic Shorthair


Female, Young
Domestic Shorthair


Male, Young
Domestic Shorthair


Female, Adult
Foxhound / Coonhound


Female, Adult
Domestic Shorthair


Female, Adult
Domestic Shorthair


Female, Adult
Mixed Breed (Medium)


Male, Adult
Poodle (Standard) / Golden Retriever


Male, Adult
Domestic Shorthair


Female, Puppy
Mixed Breed (Large)


Female, Adult
Domestic Shorthair


Male, Adult
Husky / Labrador Retriever


Male, Adult
Domestic Shorthair

Rusty FKA Fortune Cookie

Male, Adult
Domestic Shorthair

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1 - 20 of 30 Adoptable Pets at This Shelter

Areas Blue Earth Nicollet County Pet Shelter/BENCHS Serves

Mankato, MN Blue Earth County MN

Blue Earth Nicollet County Pet Shelter/BENCHS's Adoption Process

1. Submit Application

Pre-adopt can be found on our website or you can come in person to fill one out.

2. Visit the Facility and Find a Pet

3. Meet the Pet

This also includes the interview process.

4. Approve Application

5. Sign Adoption Contract

6. Pay Fee

Cash or Credit/debit card

7. Take the Pet Home

Most of our adoptions are same day if your approved with pre-adopt and interview.

Bring your form & dog leash or cat crate to the shelter
Meet with an adoption specialist during adoption hours:
Thursday & Friday 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

About Blue Earth Nicollet County Pet Shelter/BENCHS

BENCHS was established in 1969 in Mankato, MN.
We serve city limits stray/unclaimed cats/dogs and personal owner surrenders.
We also work with Blue Earth county and other areas in MInnesota, including some Native American reservations when we are able to.
We have also developed relationships with several groups in Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and North Carolina to help the areas reduce their strays.
BENCHS often help other areas that have experienced natural disasters by taking in some of the animals located in those areas.
We have a heartworm positive dog program which enables us to help dogs who elsewhere would be put down.

Come Meet Blue Earth Nicollet County Pet Shelter/BENCHS's Pets

Adoption hours are Thursday-Friday 3pm-7pm
Saturday-Sunday 12pm-5pm.
Call or email to set-up appointment for non-adoption hours.
We also work with our local PetSmart and keep some adoptable cats in their facility.

Make a donation to Blue Earth Nicollet County Pet Shelter/BENCHS to help homeless pets find homes