How adoption works

Animal Humane Society staff, young girl, and kitten

Our friendly adoption staff will work with you to find the right dog, cat, or critter for your home. Get started by checking our online adoption listings (updated every 20 minutes) or stop by one of our three adoption centers in the Twin Cities metro area.

It's important you spend time getting to know prospective pets. If you have questions or wish to visit with an animal, just ask a staff member or volunteer for assistance. For safety reasons, we ask that anyone 17 years old or younger is accompanied by an adult when visiting with an animal.

If you wish to put an animal on hold or to adopt an animal from AHS, you must be present at an AHS adoption center. We will not put animals on an adoption hold via a phone or email request, and we do not accept deposits toward an animal's adoption fee.

If you meet an animal you wish to adopt, we’ll sit down for an informal consultation to ensure that you and the pet you’ve selected are a good match. During this process we'll also review the animal’s medical and behavioral records, explain policies and services available to adopters, and help you choose the right pet supplies.

AHS will continue to support you and your pet at home. Our website is full of information that can make your pet's transition from the shelter to your home as stress-free as possible — including details about AHS programs and services.

View adoptable animals

When you adopt an animal at AHS, you'll receive a medical history report listing vaccinations, medications, and procedures your new pet received during its stay in our shelters. Read more about what kind of medical support AHS can provide after adoption.


Have more questions about our adoption process? Read adoption FAQs here. If you're still not finding the information you're looking for, call us at 952-435-7738 or send us a message.

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

Contact the Pet Helpline