Pet adoption

Animals from our shelter are looking for forever homes.

Who can apply

You can apply to adopt a pet from our shelter if you:

  • Are at least 18-years-old
  • Can show a valid government-issued ID with your current address
  • Have knowledge and consent of all adults living in your household
  • Have your landlord’s consent to bring an animal onto the property
  • Understand that all other pets in your house must be up to date on their rabies vaccine
  • Understand that we have the right to refuse the adoption of any animal
  • Have no unpaid fines or citations from Animal Care & Control

You can only adopt a pet in person at our shelter. We do not:

  • Take online applications
  • Pre-approve adoptions
  • Put pets on hold

About pets

All animals available for adoption are healthy.

All cats and dogs available for adoption are:

  • Spayed or neutered
  • Vaccinated
  • Microchipped

If it's not a good match

If the pet you adopt is not a good match for you and your family, you can return them.

  • If you return the pet within 14 days, we will refund the adoption fee.
  • If you return the pet after 14 days, we will not refund the adoption fee.
  • We will work to find new homes for all returned pets.

How to apply

To adopt a pet:

We no longer require appointments to adopt an animal. View available pets online, then visit us between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Complete an application when you come to the shelter. The kennel areas are currently not open to the public.

Adoptable dogs

Dogs are $50 for Minneapolis residents, plus the cost of a City license, and $250 for nonresidents.

See dogs ready for adoption


Adoptable cats

Cats are $50 for Minneapolis residents, plus the cost of a City license, and $100 for nonresidents.

See cats ready for adoption


Adoptable small animals

Small animals are between $10 and $50 for both residents and nonresidents.

See small animals ready for adoption

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Schedule an appointment

Use the appointment scheduler to book a time convenient for you to get services for your pet.

Contact us

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control






Animal Care & Control
212 17th Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Get directions

Shelter hours

Pet adoption: Monday through Friday between 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday hours are extended until 7:00 p.m.

Closed on City holidays

See list of City holidays


No scheduled appointment times are needed for pet adoptions.
Other services: Use our appointment scheduler