We are so glad you are using our website to take a first look at
the animals available for adoption!
We have many wonderful dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens ready for
new homes. But remember that each companion animal has a unique personality
that cannot be experienced over the Internet. We ask that every potential
adopter meet the animal in person before applying to adopt.
We believe in letting you and the animal you are interested in get
to know each other a little before taking the step of becoming a family.
That puppy or kitten will be much happier about going home with you
if he's gotten to know you a little first! Also, although we work
hard to keep our website up-to-date, there may already be an application
on that animal or he may even have been adopted in the last day or
two -- but we might have another young or adult pet at the shelter
that you would also fall in love with once you meet him or her!
Once you've met with the animal and are ready to sign on for a new
best friend, our staff will help you fill out a questionnaire that
asks about your living situation, current and previous pets, and reasons
If you are in a rental situation or live within a community association,
you'll need to provide the name and phone number of your landlord
or association head. We'll also ask for the name of your current and/or
previous vet clinic. If some members of your household have not been
to the shelter yet, you'll be asked to bring them to interact with
Your questionnaire will be reviewed by an adoption counselor experienced with
adoption placement. That counselor will contact your landlord, if
you have one, and may contact your veterinarian to verify information,
although that is not routine unless you live in a different state
or are in another region of Minnesota.
After that, the counselor will call to visit a little with you. This
is your chance to ask questions that you thought of after leaving
the shelter! The adoption counselor may ask you some questions, too, and may
have suggestions to ease the pet's transition from the shelter to
You may decide after consulting with the adoption counselor that this animal
is not right for you or that you are not really ready to have a pet
in your home. That's okay! Also, the adoption counselor may not feel that the
adoption is in the best interest of the animal or that there is not
a good opportunity for a successful long-term placement, in which
case she will deny the adoption and explain her concerns. Please remember
that none of this is meant to feel invasive, and all personal information
is kept private. We follow this process only to help you be successful
when you bring a new lifetime family member into your home!
After you visit with our adoption counselor, we will set
up an appointment to complete an adoption contract and give you copies
of the animal's health records. Ideally, we'll be able to arrange
the appointment during our office hours so that our office staff can
do the paperwork with you, but we have kennel staff members who can try to accommodate
your schedule for evening or weekend appointments if necessary. After
you complete the contract and pay the adoption fee, you can bring
your new pet home.