“Lucy” and “Luna” are 2019’s top cat and dog names in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control celebrates a record-breaking year for pet adoptions


The most popular name for pets licensed in Minneapolis in 2019 is “Lucy” for dogs and “Luna” for cats, according to end-of-the-year data from Minneapolis Animal Care & Control. The division also shattered its record of adoptions for a calendar year.

More than 13,000 pets were licensed or had licenses renewed by Animal Care & Control in 2019, including nearly 11,000 dogs and about 2,200 cats.

Most popular dog names:

  1. Lucy
  2. Bella
  3. Luna
  4. Charlie
  5. Max

Most popular cat names:

  1. Luna
  2. Charlie
  3. Leo
  4. Sophie
  5. Buddy

Animal Care & Control had 735 adoptions in 2019. That’s a 60% increase over 2018, which was the previous record year. Those adoptions include 30 animals that found forever homes during the Nov. 22 “Clear the Shelter” event, when all adoption fees were waived. It also includes 25 felines adopted in mid-August when cat adoption fees were waived in celebration of International Cat Day.

Animal Care & Control has a continually changing community of animals available for adoption every day at affordable prices. Adoptable animals are completely vaccinated, sterilized, micro-chipped and ready to go to your home.

735 pets adopted in 2019

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control accepts every animal regardless of health, age, breed or behavior. Staff are committed to providing humane care and always strive to do what is right for each animal in our care. When animals cannot be adopted by the general public, staff calls on the help of partner rescue groups and sanctuaries to help.

1,048 animals transferred to rescue groups in 2019

Vaccination clinics in 2019

Animal Care & Control also held four low-cost vaccination clinics throughout Minneapolis. These events made it even more convenient and affordable for owners to protect their pets. Through these events, Animal Care & Control was able to provide:

Animal Care & Control works with residents to create safe and healthy communities for people and animals. Its staff includes three veterinarians, nine animal control officers and three district lead officers who, among other things, rescue animals, enforce laws pertaining to animal welfare and investigate animal crimes. In addition to staff, volunteers spent more than 8,000 hours of their time working with animals at the shelter. More information on adopting animals, volunteering and supporting Animal Care & Control is available on the City website.

Published Dec 23, 2019



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