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Our Facility:

The Circle of Friends Mission is to shelter and care for lost and unwanted animals, to place them into humane environments, and to implement programs which increase everyone's awareness of their responsibilities to all animals.

Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Sunday 12-6pm, Monday Apointment only.

Address: 4375 N. Washington St., Grand Forks, ND 58203

Main E-mail:

Phone Number: 701-775-3732


  • Circle of Friends Humane Society hopes that this form will help address any and all issues being brought to our attention in a timely and organized manner. We hope to receive feedback from members, fosters, volunteers, staff and any member of the public.

Staff Members:

Lauralee Tupa, Executive Director -

Rachael Bergman, Shelter Manager -
Jennifer Grohs, Shelter Medical Lead
Amanda Pinkerton, Vet Assistant Coordinator
Dani Hofer, Surgery Lead
Amelia Hulst, Kennel Attendant
September Weister, Kennel Attendant Lead
Kaitlyn Mager, Kennel Attendant
Brittney Pokrzywinski, Kennel Attendant
Tatiana Marvosh, Kennel Attendant
Ally Sogge, Kennel Attendant
Marie Holden, Hospitality Coordinator
Alexis Gregory, Hospitality Specialist
Stephanie Rood, Forever Safe Specialist
Holly Lundeen, Forever Safe Specialist
Grace Gardner, Forever Safe Specialist


2016 Board Members:

  • If you would like to contact our Executive Committee please email:

  • Leslie Rethemeier,President
  • Ashley Hutchison,Vice President  
  • John Chappell,Treasurer
  • Ruth Ann Halverson,Secretary

  • Greg Krause
  • Lisa Carney
  • Michelle Staggs
  • Lisa Knoll
  • Lori Gossard
  • Chris Moen
  • C.T. Marhula
  • Muriel Kingery
  • Jeff Hoberg
  • Jeannie Mock

If you are interested in becoming a board member, please contact Board President, Leslie Rethemier at  Our board of directors is looking for individuals with genuine respect and love for animals as well as an interest in advancing animal welfare through our mission statement and organization policies. Areas of expertise that aid our organization in providing services include marketing, public relations, financial planning, accounting, and strategic planning.

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