Adoption by appointment

How adoption by appointment works

While our adoption centers remain closed to the public, we’ve updated our adoption by appointment process to welcome adopters back into our shelters to meet all of the available animals before making an adoption decision.

Use our online scheduling system to reserve a 90-minute appointment at one of our adoption locations in Golden Valley, Coon Rapids, or Woodbury. We're currently scheduling appointments two days in advance. New appointments are released overnight every night.

Each 90-minute appointment includes 45 minutes to meet the animals and make a selection and 45 minutes to complete the adoption process and purchase supplies for your new pet. Visitors may put animals 6 months or older on hold until the end of the next business day, for a non-refundable fee of $25. Holds can only be placed during a shelter visit (not by phone or email). When you request the hold, staff will schedule an adoption appointment for the following day.

To maintain safe physical distancing, each appointment is limited to two people. You must be 18 or older to adopt or schedule an adoption appointment.

PLEASE NOTE: Our adoption listings are updated throughout the day as animals are added and adopted. The availability of individual animals may change on short notice.


Before your appointment

Review this important information to prepare for your appointment, including information about our health screening requirements and what to do when you arrive.

More information

Do I need to wear a mask?

Face coverings are encouraged but not required for our staff, volunteers, and guests. If you are not vaccinated for COVID-19, please follow public health guidance and continue to wear a mask indoors. We ask that you continue to practice physical distancing at all times during your visit.

For caring, compassionate advice and resources to address all your animal concerns.

Contact the Pet Helpline