Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
As the leading animal welfare organization in the Upper Midwest, the Animal Humane Society is committed to engaging and serving local communities of people and animals and providing comprehensive programs and services to compassionately serve all of the stages of an animal’s life. At our campuses in Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul and Woodbury Minnesota, our mission is to engage the hearts, hands and minds of the community to help animals. Our work includes the following:
Adoption and surrender
We want every animal to have a happy and loving home. Since 1878, we have been the trusted resource for people who wish to bring a pet into their life while helping make a difference for an animal in need. All cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets receive examinations, vaccinations and medical treatments, microchipping and spay/neuter surgeries prior to adoption. Animal Humane Society believes in an open admission philosophy, which means we accept every animal at our facilities. Last year, we served over 27,000 animals.
Our educational programs reach more than 11,000 school children in Minnesota and our Animal Ambassadors therapy dog program visits libraries, nursing homes and hospitals. Programs for the community include summer camps for kids, birthday parties and a youth club.
An important part of our work is preventing animal cruelty. Each year, our humane investigators respond to thousands of reports of animal cruelty throughout Minnesota. The majority of reports involve lack of food, water and shelter. However, larger, more complex cases result in on-site investigations, seizure of animals and prosecuting offenders.
We offer dog training, rabbit agility and socialization classes at four of our locations – more than 40 classes each week. In addition, we provide a behavior helpline, one-on-one training and socialization, dog play groups (shy, little and general) and pet loss support groups.
We offer peace of mind pet boarding at our Golden Valley location and at our new private enterprise, “Now Boarding,” located near the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport.
4375 Hwy 55 SE
1411 Main Street NW
845 Meadow Lane N
1115 Beulah Lane
9785 Hudson Road
Adoption center hours:
Monday-Friday Noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For information on special events and promotions, go to www.animalhumanesociety.org
Adoption Policies and Procedures:
The Animal Humane Society receives animals from individuals who are no longer able to care for their pets as well as animals that are lost or abandoned. We are looking for people who are willing to provide permanent, loving homes for these animals.
Please consider carefully the time and money required to own a pet before you make the decision to adopt. Owning a pet is a lifetime commitment.
All animals that are available for adoption have passed an evaluation based on their known history, health and temperament. Animals remain available at our Adoption Centers as long as their good health and behavior continue. There is no time limit for how long an animal may remain on our adoption floors.
• You must be 18 years of age or older to adopt an animal.
• A current photo ID (driver’s license or state ID card) is required to process an adoption.
• All dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, rabbits and ferrets have been spayed/neutered prior to being made available for adoption.
• To provide permanent identification, all dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, rabbits and ferrets receive a microchip implant. The microchip is registered at the time of adoption.
• Adopted animals can be taken to any one of over 200 participating veterinarians for a free wellness exam within fourteen (14) days of adoption.
• If your new pet becomes ill within fourteen (14) days of adoption, the Animal Humane Society is able to provide free oral and topical medication to help treat the following conditions: feline upper respiratory infection, kennel cough, eye/ear/skin infections and external parasites such as fleas, ticks and mites. If your pet is diagnosed with any of these conditions, your veterinarian can call in or fax the prescription to be filled and it will be available for pick-up at our facilities. Please note: The Animal Humane Society is unable to reimburse adopters or veterinarians for post-adoption medical expenses. Adopters assume full responsibility for the pet’s care.
• While we hope your pet selection is successful and permanent, we do offer a 30-day trial period from the date of adoption during which you may return the pet for any reason. A return/replacement voucher will be issued that you can use to adopt another animal. No refunds will be given.
• If at any time you can no longer care for your pet and cannot find a suitable home, we ask that you return the pet to the Animal Humane Society.
• The Animal Humane Society reserves the right to refuse any adoption.
You are welcome to visit the shelter anytime during regular adoption hours to view the animals available for adoption. We have between 100 and 300 animals available for adoption on any given day. New animals are put in the adoption areas daily. If you are looking for a particular type or breed of animal, please check this web site often or call the adoption desk to see what’s available.
Buffalo (763) 390-3647
Coon Rapids (763) 862-4030
Golden Valley (763) 489-2201
St. Paul (651) 645-7387
Woodbury (651) 730-6008
Plan to allow one to two hours to complete the adoption process. It may take longer, depending on how many animals you wish to get acquainted with, your previous experience with pet care, and the number of other visitors at the facility. Peak days for visitor traffic are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, so please allow extra time if you plan to visit us on those days.
A cage card and profile is displayed on the cage of each animal to give you information about the animal’s breed, age, gender, adoption fee and more.
Once you have found an animal that you are interested in adopting, a volunteer or staff person will direct you to a private visitation room where you and the animal can interact. To ensure the pet chosen is compatible with everyone, all household/family members should interact with the animal before the adoption is finalized.
To begin the adoption process, all adopters must complete an Adopter Application form. We use an application and interview process to ensure that each animal adopted will be matched to the most compatible new owner. This form is available online or at our Adoption Centers.
Our adoption staff will review with you any medical or behavioral information relevant to that animal, explain policies and services available to adopters, and collect adoption fees.
Please note that all adoptions and holds must be processed in person at the shelter.
Can’t quite make up your mind? Need more time to decide? A non-refundable, non-transferable hold deposit can be placed on a pet for a 24-hour period. If the adoption is completed, the deposit is applied toward the adoption fee. If the adoption is not completed, the deposit is forfeited to the Animal Humane Society. We are unable to process second or third holds. Only one hold may be placed on an animal at a time.
Exceptional Owners Wanted. Occasionally we have animals that have medical situations that require a little more love and attention. These animals are wonderful companions for an experienced owner with the resources to provide on-going veterinary care and special attention.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.