About Us

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

In September of 1999, a small group of dedicated volunteers with years of experience caring for animals came together for the sole purpose of building a spacious, new shelter to help homeless and abandoned animals from the Wright County area.

Completed January 2002

We set an ambitious goal to raise $20,000 in our first year and at the end of that year, realized more than three times that amount. At the end of our second year, having been gifted a parcel of land for our new facility, we moved forward with plans to break ground.

Our 4,000th animal

In January of 2002 we opened the doors of our new shelter to the public with space for more than 30 cats and kittens and 20 dogs and puppies.

From our birth to the opening of the new facility, we helped more than 950 animals through a network of about 40 foster homes. As of May 2011, we have helped more than 8,000 animals.

“Smile for the camera, kitty cat!”

We owe our success to many good-hearted people.  Those who have provided temporary homes for needy animals, those who have helped us financially, and those who volunteer their time and talents so that we may continue to make a difference for so many animals.

As a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, we operate on limited resources with gifts and contributions from people who care about animals.

Allen reading our informational brochures

Major Areas of Concentration:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Education
  • Fund Raising
  • Volunteer involvement is essential to carry out the dream of helping animals.


2017 Board of Directors:

  • President: Jolene Coleman
  • Vice President: Rachel Pearson
  • Secretary: Janet Watson
  • Treasurer: Laureen Bodin
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Laureen Bodin
  • Director: Jamie West
  • Director: Lisa Cooper
Jolene has had a passion for animals all her life and became an advocate for American Pitbull Terriers (APBT’s) after rescuing her first dog, Bud, as a puppy from what would have been a life of fighting in a ring against other dogs. She would have never guessed that years later she would not only connect with a Pitbull rescue and open her home to foster unwanted and neglected Pitbull’s, or join an animal shelter Board of Directors. She and her boyfriend have three fur-kids, Maximus a APBT, Jake a Jack Russell Terrier and Cali a Bulldog. As well as their current foster, Alex. In addition to being on Crossroads Animal Shelter’s Board and fostering, she is responsible for running adoption events for the rescue. Jolene is a Marketing Analyst at Cargill in Wayzata as well as an Event Planner where she partners with sales on large Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) firms. In her Event Planner role, her focus is on large trade show and customer events that span across the Food Ingredient and Bio Industrial (FIBI) division. Jolene joined Crossroads Animal Shelter Board in 2015. She is open to the challenge that the Board brings and the rewards of knowing that she is playing a role in the future success of the shelter while helping find fur-ever homes for the various animals that come through the doors at the shelter. In Jolene’s spare time, she enjoys running 5Ks with her daughters, traveling, reading and going to movies, as well as spending time with her family and fur-babies.
Rachel has been a lifelong animal lover and adopted her first rescue dog in 2013. At that time she realized she held a passion for animal rescue.  She and her husband have two Miniature Dachshunds, Sarge and Jewels, that they adore and are part of their family.  Rachel is a Lieutenant with the City of Buffalo Police Department and joined the Crossroads Animal Shelter Board of Directors in 2015. She is excited to be a member of the board and is committed to help every animal find a loving home.



My name is Laureen Bodin and I have been fortunate to live, work and raise a family in Buffalo most of my life. My husband Donny and I have three adult daughters along with their husbands/fellows, and five grandchildren. My career has been as Assistant Administrator for the City of Buffalo for 36 years. Buffalo has grown significantly over my tenure at the City and I have enjoyed being involved in residential and commercial development projects along with administering and carrying out policy under the direction of the City Council and City Administrator. I am also the Executive Director of the Housing & Redevelopment Authority.
Animals have always been a passion of mine, along with the love of nature and America’s natural resources. Minnesota offers beautiful changing seasons and some of the finest sunsets. I currently serve on the Buffalo Hospital Allina Health Board of Trustees and the Crossroads Animal Shelter Board. My hobbies include long walks, gardening, fishing, cooking, travel and recreation of all kinds. I am honored and delighted to be serving on the CAS Board as its number one mission is caring for cats and dogs.
I am Lisa Cooper, married to Jim for 22 years, we have 2 boys Robert 26 and Dakotah 19.  We have lived in Buffalo for 20 years and lived in Hanover for 7 years prior.  The reason I joined the board…  Crossroads has a very special place in our family. We adopted our little dog 3 years ago and my youngest son completed his Eagle Project with building a dog agility course.  My boys have graduated from high school so now I have time to help my community and when I was invited to join the board I accepted.

I hope to help Crossroads find forever homes for animals in need.  I believe that rescue animals are special and deserve love I am ready to roll up my sleeves and help with whatever needs to be completed.  I have experience with fundraising, administrative items and I have experience with other nonprofit boards. I believe my experience can help the board.