MINNEAPOLIS — Tucked away in the Warehouse District, the Minneapolis Animal Care and Control is the place to be if you're looking for paws and whiskers of all shapes and sizes.
What do ferrets, hamsters, cats and dogs have in common? At the shelter, they're all looking to go home one last time.
"We have puppies right now, older animals, middle-aged animals," MACC Volunteer and Community Engagement Coordinator Danielle Joerger said. "It's really about this time of year we want to give them homes. For us, a lot of people don't know we do adoptions and we're trying to get that word out there. They can come to us and all the animals that we adopt out are spayed, neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, ready to go."
The Clear the Shelter event is dedicated to those who have the room in their hearts for a new family member but not the means.
"There are no adoption fees," Joerger said. "They're all waived. As a Minneapolis resident, all dogs, cats and ferrets over four moths of age have to be licensed. That is part of the only fee that they'd have to pay."
Joerger is calling it finding a home for the animals for the holidays.
"We have volunteers that cuddle the cats, walk the dogs, staff is here everyday caring for them," she said. "They have medication, food, water, treats, all that good stuff but it's not a home. Not the same as being able to lie on your couch."
Joerger added that the word of clear the Shelter has spread quickly so animals, especially dogs have been going fast. She said come Friday, if there aren't a lot of animals left, she hopes that people can celebrate that with them.
"We anticipate probably a big crowd, we're hoping we can keep everyfody happy and get everyone a home," she said. "But again, we don't have a ton of animals so we hope people understand that if we run out, that was our point. That's what we want to do."
Clear the Shelter is a first-come, first-serve basis. Tomorrow you'll just have to pay a 50 dollar license fee, instead of paying that on top of adoption fees that could run as high as up to 250 dollars.
MACC is located on 212 7th Avenue North. They are open Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.