All dog breeds at Minneapolis Animal Care & Control shelter can now be adopted

A new City of Minneapolis pet adoption initiative will allow Pit Bull and Rottweiler lovers to adopt these breeds from Minneapolis Animal Care & Control for the first time.

The City of Minneapolis recently changed its policy so all dog breeds, including breeds like Pit Bulls and Rottweilers, can be adopted directly from the Minneapolis Animal Care & Control shelter. Prior to the policy change, if someone wanted to add a Pit Bull or Rottweiler to their family, they needed to adopt them from a rescue group or breeder. The policy change is designed to make adopting pets from Minneapolis Animal Care & Control easier for both owners and pets, leading to more successful outcomes and animals spending even less time at the shelter.

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control will continue working with its many rescue group partners, especially if a pet is not being adopted by the general public. Minneapolis Animal Care & Control currently works with 48 rescue groups and 17 that deal specifically with Pit Bulls and Rottweilers. These partnerships have been instrumental in increasing the positive outcomes for dogs, cats and other pets in recent years.

New adoption process

When a prospective owner comes to adopt a pet at Minneapolis Animal Care & Control, they will go through an application and conversation-based selection process. The individual will talk with an Adoption Counselor who can help the person make a great adoption choice for their family. The new process will help match an individual’s activity and lifestyle with the needs of the animal.

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control has a public safety responsibility to ensure that all pets adopted from the shelter are safe for the general public. Before pets are made available for adoption, they will receive a physical examination, all necessary vaccinations, and a behavioral evaluation to identify pets with increased aggression and risk of biting under normal circumstances. The evaluation will also be used to get to know the pet better in order to facilitate better adoption matches. All adoptable pets are featured on the Minneapolis Animal Care & Control website.

Published Jun 5, 2014

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