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 do not require an appointment to adopt an animal. View available pets online, then visit us at the shelter during the hours listed at the bottom of the page. Complete an application when you come to the shelter. The kennel areas are currently not open to the public.

Adoptable dogs

Dogs are $0 for Minneapolis residents, plus the cost of a City license, and $100 for nonresidents.

Puppies younger than 6 months are $250 for residents and nonresidents.

See dogs ready for adoption


Adoptable cats

Cats are $0 for Minneapolis residents, plus the cost of a City license, and $25 for nonresidents.

See cats ready for adoption


Adoptable small animals

Small animals are $10 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

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Shelter hours

Monday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Closed on City holidays

See list of City holidays


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