Animal Humane Society will open at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23. We will resume regular business hours the following day.

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Found pets and strays

Animal Humane Society accepts any animal, for any reason, at our five metro locations. Every animal who comes to AHS is evaluated for placement. Animals who are friendly and would do well in a home are made available for adoption. See the stray animals currently in our care.

A stray cat who is healthy and friendly likely belongs to someone in your neighborhood. Cats have a far better chance of reuniting with their owner when they're left in the area in which they’re found. Less than 5 percent of stray cats that are brought into shelters are reclaimed by their owners. For this reason, we encourage you to leave healthy and friendly cats where you discovered them.

If you find a stray, you can:

Help reconnect a lost pet with its owner

Bring the animal to AHS

If you're unable to match the stray animal to any lost pet report, and you wish to bring it to AHS, call our Pet Helpline at 952-HELP-PET (952-435-7738). Our representatives will explain the process and fees, and schedule an admissions appointment.

When you arrive, we’ll scan the animal for a microchip, gather information about him/her, and give the animal an initial evaluation for placement.

Stray animals are held for the state-mandated five days to provide owners time to locate lost pets. If an owner doesn't come forward and the animal is a candidate for placement, the animal will become available for adoption or placed in adoption preparation programs.

Feral cats that would not be appropriate or happy in a home environment may be placed in our Community Cats program.

Other options

You may also consider taking the animal to your local animal control facility. If animal control has closed for the day, please call their after-hours line or your local, non-emergency police number.