Update: National Adoption Weekend in Minneapolis has been canceled after city officials say they had a very successful first day.
Minneapolis Animal Care & Control had planned to waive adoption fees Friday through Sunday however, within hours of the start of the event today all 23 dogs and 21 cats were adopted. In a press release, Animal Care & Control thanked community members who stepped up for the animals in need of a family.
Anyone who is interested in adopting a pet should consider contacting Animal Care & Control or set an adoption appointment online.
It’s National Adoption Weekend and the Minneapolis Animal Care and Control is celebrating by offering all of their cats and dogs for free.
It continues at their shelter along 17th Avenue North in Minneapolis from 12-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
On Friday, dozens lined up early to try and get the new member of their family.
“Me and my wife have been looking to adopt a dog for a very long time so she’s very happy today,” said Dominic Aron, from Minneapolis.
“Obviously the community showed up, so we’re pretty excited about it,” said Madison Weissenborn, Volunteer Coordinator with Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. “We’ve partnered with local shelters and rescues to kind of bring all of us together to hopefully get some animals adopted this weekend.”
Whether it’s a cat or a dog joining the family, you’ll first have to fill out an application when you arrive that staff will screen.
“Doing the application just allows us to understand a little more about that home life, it allows us as well to check if there’s any cruelty in the background because we want to make sure these animals are going to a good home,” Weissenborn said.
While waiving fees for the weekend, you still have to pick up the tab for the pet license, and that can range from as little as $15 a year if you qualify to $250 for a lifetime license.
“It’s really helpful because we also have two dogs and the costs for just basic needs add up so if you can save a little bit to start, it’s going to go right to the cat that we get,” said one woman who was looking to adopt a cat on Friday.
If you need help picking out your perfect pet, the team is happy to help.
“We can kind of match you to the animal that we think would be a best fit,” Weissenborn said.
For more information on the event and the licensing fees visit here.