MINNEAPOLIS — With an extremely high number of dogs and cats in its shelter, Minneapolis Animal Care & Control is asking for the public’s help in finding new homes or foster families for its adoptable animals. All adoption fees are waived, and animals will be completely vaccinated, sterilized, microchipped and ready to go.
The City’s animal welfare division is now at capacity, with 98 animals being housed – a 47% increase from this time last year. This number includes animals at the City’s shelter and those being cared for through Animal Care & Control’s foster program, which is also facing capacity issues. In just 11 days recently, 139 animals were brought to Animal Care & Control, which is a 57.5% increase from the same time in 2022.
Of the animals being housed, 36 were brought in as legal cases or protective custody (a 58% increase from 2022). Forty pets have been surrendered by their owners (a 67.5% increase from 2022), with many of those owners citing housing issues as the reason.
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.