Walk-in visits welcome
You no longer need to schedule an appointment to visitor our adoption centers. Walk-in visits are welcome any time from noon-8 PM on weekdays and 10 AM to 6 PM on weekends.
Following state and federal health guidance for the COVID-19 delta variant, AHS is currently requiring masks indoors for all staff, volunteers, and visitors regardless of vaccination status.
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.
If you find 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 tips and details about AHS programs and services.
Post-adoption medical care
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.