Volunteer and donate

You can work in our shelter, provide foster care and give money and supplies.

Give your time

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We rely on adult volunteers to help feed, exercise, play with, train and clean up after the animals in our shelter. Teenagers between the ages of 16 and 18 can volunteer with parent or guardian approval.

Volunteers must agree to:

  • Commit to a minimum of four hours a month for six months or longer. 
  • Work at the shelter during these hours:
    • 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday - Friday
    • 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday - Sunday
  • Most shifts are two hours. 

Here's the screening process to volunteer:

  • Submit an online application.
  • Attend a volunteer orientation session (about two hours).
  • Pay a $20 application fee during orientation.
  • Attend one or more classes for your specific volunteer position (one to two hours per class).
  • Attend hands-on training with a current volunteer (one to four hours).
  • Get a volunteer ID badge.

Submit an online application

Give money or supplies

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Gifts of money

More than 4,000 animals come through our doors each year. Your tax deductible gift helps us:

  • Maintain our operations
  • Expand our programs
  • Improve the lives of more local animals

No gift is too small. 

Make a donation

Gifts of toys and supplies 

We always need:

  • Unopened and unexpired food and treats
  • Nylabones
  • Durable plastic toys that can be sanitized, such as Kongs and plastic balls
  • Unopened and unexpired topical flea treatment
  • Elizabethan collars
  • Tennis balls
  • Bleach and towels

You can drop donations off during our public shelter hours.

View our Amazon Wish List

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Emergency animal fostering

We ask residents to foster animals when our shelters are full due to severe weather or other emergencies. You can apply online to help out in an emergency.

Contact us

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control




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

Get directions

Shelter hours

Currently by appointment only Monday through Friday. Please call to make an appointment.

Service Hours

7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday

Closed on City holidays

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7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday – Friday

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