Overwhelmed with new dogs, Minneapolis Animal Care waives adoption fees – WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) “If you’re looking for a brand new pet, Minneapolis needs your help.

Minneapolis Animal Care and Control (MACC) is almost overflowing with dogs.

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“Our typical numbers are like in the 20s for dogs. Right now we’re almost at 50,” said Madison Weissenborn, community outreach coordinator for MACC.

Kennel cough problems increase at this number. Even if all dogs are vaccinated against it, the chances of it spreading quickly remain.

Most of the new arrivals are strays, Weissenborn said. Many are owner buyouts. No matter how they got to MACC, that’s not where the staff wants them to stay.

“Finding good homes for them is our number one priority,” she said.

MACC has waived adoption fees for dogs and cats over six months old. It has also just launched its own hospitality program in addition to partnering with dozens of agencies that are doing the same.

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Meagan Maue volunteers at MACC and also fosters dogs through Pet Haven as Admissions Coordinator. She is currently fostering Sota, an adorable dog who recently had nine puppies. Maue has the entire litter, about five weeks old, waiting to be adopted soon. New adoptive parents would likely start with just one adult dog.

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“I think the most important thing is knowing what you can accommodate,” Maue said. “Being realistic about what you are capable of undertaking is definitely a good starting point.”

She says foster homes that don’t already have a pet are helpful, even if they’re hard to find. Many dogs are friendly with people, but may not get along well with resident pets. Weissenborn said all types of home environments are welcome for placement.

“We can have couch potatoes that will be happy in a place without a fenced yard. We’re going to have super active dogs that would love a garden to throw a stick in,” she said.

Anyone looking to foster should expect to have the animal for around four weeks, but Weissenborn said the time could be shorter or longer depending on several factors. If an animal is not working in the foster home environment, you can return it and adopt another animal instead.

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Click here to adopt a pet. And click here if you want to learn how to become a host family through MACC.

Benjamin M. Yerger