Posted on: December 28, 2019 at 10:02 am
Last updated: July 13, 2020 at 5:32 pm

Everyone deserves a rush of joy and excitement this season, and what could be better than taking home an adorable pet in need of a loving home?


The Minneapolis Animal Care & Control was overjoyed to announce last month that they were out of animals for adoption [1]. They got to tape the dream sign of every animal shelter to their front door. The sign read – “All animals have been adopted. No animals for adoption.”

While we’d normally be upset about a “we’re out” sign, this is one we’d probably love to see.


This came after the shelter held their “Clear the Shelter” event on Friday, November 22 when all adoption fees were waived. It was incredible to see hundreds of people lined up outside in the cold waiting to take a pet home.

The shelter wrote on their Facebook page: “The shelter is clear! Dozens of dogs, cats, and small critters found new homes today during our Clear the Shelter event. Thanks to our staff, volunteers, and adopters for making it happen.”


Lotteries to settle adoption disputes

Not many animal shelters are lucky to ever be out of animals to give up for adoption. The MACC shelter explained that all the processes went by quickly because they had only 5 hours to work that day, from 1-6 pm.  Some of the animals even had several people vying to take them home. 

“MACC had around 300 Minnesotans show up to stand in 30-degree weather to wait in line to adopt an animal today. Most animals had multiple applicants.” They had to come up with lotteries and coin tossing to keep the line moving.”

The shelter explained that the whole event was successful albeit a little out of control due to the unexpected number of people who showed up. They hope subsequent events would be better managed and easier to control.


“Thanks to all those who stopped in. Staff and volunteers expected about 50-100 people and the generosity of our MN community was greater than anticipated, so it was a *bit* chaotic in the building. Staff and volunteers debriefed after the event to take learnings from today to improve future Clear The Shelters events!”

Mixed reactions on social media

The outcome of the event was shared by the City of Minneapolis on Twitter. While lots of people were amazed at the kindness of Minneapolitans, a few others were worried about the safety of the animals who were adopted that day. Some argued that there couldn’t have been thorough background checks on their new owners in such short notice.

Hopefully, the shelter would take the time to visit and thoroughly screen the new homes of every recently adopted animal. However, it’s highly likely that people who were willing to stand for hours in the biting cold to get a pet would take great care of them. 

No one cares if people were attracted by the waived fees or the spirit of the season. As long as the animals get loving homes and the families get adorable pets, everyone’s happy.

  1. Admin. A Minneapolis Shelter Is Now Completely Empty For The Holidays. Cesarsway. Retrieved 26-12-19
  2. Friends of MACC. Facebook. Retrieved 26-12-19
Penelope Wilson
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Penelope is a writer and health enthusiast with a B.Arts in Language Studies. She is a deeply spiritual person, a relationship expert, a nutrition freak, and a skin-care maverick.

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