Adoption by appointment

Since May we’ve been receiving more than 8,000 adoption inquiries each week — almost 20 times more than the roughly 420 adoption appointments we are currently able to accommodate during an average week. We're doing our best to respond in a fair and timely manner, and we appreciate your patience as we make adjustments to our adoption by appointment process.

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 up to three 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. 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 every day as animals are added and adopted. The availability of individual animals may change on short notice. We are unable to place animals on hold at any point during the adoption process.


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

Face covering and health screening requirements

Animal Humane Society is committed to the health and well-being of the community we serve. To help protect one another, we require face coverings, physical distancing, and a brief health screening for all staff, volunteers, and visitors.

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

Contact the Pet Helpline