Minneapolis launches "Pet of the Week" to find good homes for pets in need

The City of Minneapolis is starting a "Pet of the Week" promotion to remind pet lovers that there are many dogs and cats that are available for adoption at the animal shelter. Each year more than 500 animals are adopted from Minneapolis Animal Care & Control, which is committed to working with residents to create safe and healthy communities for people and animals.

Every Monday, Minneapolis Animal Care & Control will post on the City's Facebook page a picture and description of an animal that is available for adoption. Those interested in adopting the featured pet should contact Minneapolis Animal Care & Control by visiting the shelter. Shelter hours are 2 – 7 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The shelter is closed on Sundays. Minneapolis Animal Care & Control encourages everyone thinking about adopting an animal to be a responsible pet owner: before you look for a pet, think about what type of pet will fit your lifestyle. This will ensure a happy home for you and your new companion.

In addition to completing an application and paying an adoption fee, to adopt a pet from Minneapolis Animal Care & Control, folks will be required to spay or neuter their animal within 30 days of adoption for adult animals (longer for puppies or kittens). This helps control the pet population and is an effective means to reducing the number of animals who are put down in shelters each year. New pet owners will also have to provide behavior training and medical care for the new pet, and give them humane treatment and companionship throughout the animal’s life. If you’re a Minneapolis resident, you’ll also need to purchase a pet license. Licensing your pet supports Minneapolis Animal Care and Control’s work in the community.

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control reserves the right to deny any adoption application. Adoptions are handled on a first come, first served basis and partial payments or down payments are not accepted. All animals are given an exam prior to becoming available for adoption; however, Minneapolis Animal Care & Control cannot guarantee that these animals have not been exposed to an illness prior to coming to our shelter.

Published Mar. 8, 2011