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Published on May 15, 2024
Minneapolis Rolls Out Free Pet Adoptions During 'Clear The Shelter' Event by Animal Care & ControlSource: Minneapolis City of Lakes

In a bid to empty out kennels and cat condos, Minneapolis Animal Care & Control (MACC) is rolling out the red carpet for potential pet parents with its Clear The Shelter event starting Thursday, and the city is urging locals to scoop up a furry companion without the usual price tag attached.

Those looking to adopt can swing by the shelter located at 212 17th Ave. N. between the accommodating hours of 1 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and again from 1 to 6 p.m. on Friday, during these times, prospective pet owners will be teamed up with a staff member or volunteer "matchmaker" who'll guide them through selecting the perfect pet, the dog or cat that just might leap into their lives and hearts, as reported by the Minneapolis City of Lakes.

For the Minneapolis locals, it’s a sweet deal – no adoption fees, just a straightforward licensing fee ranging from $15 to $30 covering both canines beyond the spritely age of 7 months and felines of all stripes while puppies that are six months or less have a set price of $250 irrespective of where their new family lives, and for the out-of-towners, a cat can be yours for $25 and a dog for a mere $100, according to the Minneapolis City of Lakes.

Mayor Jacob Frey, weighing in on the event, reflected on his connection with the shelter, as a decade ago, "when my family brought home our cat Ronda nearly a decade ago from MACC, our lives changed forever," Mayor Frey recounted the life-altering experience of adopting from MACC and rallied support for the event, emphasizing the profound impact and joy a pet can bring into one's life.

The shelter, beyond the Clear The Shelter initiative, is deeply entrenched in the Minneapolis community, boasting a team that includes two veterinarians, three veterinary technicians, four animal care technicians, and 13 animal control officers whose day-to-day efforts range from rescue operations to the enforcement of animal welfare laws, as noted on the City website. Furthermore, the commitment of volunteers who logged over 7,000 hours at the shelter last year is a clear testament to the shelter's dedication to animal care and community engagement.