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Thank you for adopting your new bird or small mammal from Animal Humane Society! This page is your guide to making your pet’s transition from the shelter to your home as stress-free as possible, with resources and tips for keeping your new addition happy and healthy.

Schedule a surrender appointment

During a 30- to 45-minute appointment, your pet will receive a health examination and have their behavior assessed. Staff members will interview you about your pet and perform a preliminary examination and assessment during the visit. Then, talk through your options so that you can decide what’s best for your pet.

Please be aware that the Animal Humane Society welcomes all animals and is an open admission organization. Because of this, adoptable animals may not be suitable for untreated or unhealthy animals, and in certain situations, humane euthanasia may be taken into consideration.

Please contact our Pet Helpline at 952-HELP-PET (952-435-7738) to arrange a surrender appointment.

Species Fee
Dogs and cats $55 each, $90 for litters of two or more
Rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas, and hedgehogs $30 each, $50 for litters of two or more
Guinea pigs, rodents, and birds* $15 each, $20 for litters of two or more

We are so happy that you have chosen to adopt a bird or small mammal from Animal Humane Society! This page provides you with resources and advice to help ensure that your pet’s transition from the shelter to your home is as stress-free as possible.

Surrender appointment wait times are longer than usual

AHS, like many other organizations nowadays, is dealing with serious staffing issues that affect our ability to deliver services and put extra strain on our current teams. Based on our current staffing capacity, we are also temporarily modifying our appointment schedules as we work to fill open roles. The anticipated wait times for non-emergency appointments at each site as of March 25 are:

  • Coon Rapids: 17-19 days
  • Golden Valley: 22-24 days
  • Woodbury: 19-21 days

As we work to overcome these obstacles and assist our teams, we sincerely appreciate your understanding and patience.

Every year, the Animal Humane Society finds loving homes for thousands of dogs, cats, and other animals in need. Every animal that is turned in to us is accepted, regardless of its condition, age, breed, or behavior. Over the course of the previous year, over 2093 percent of the animals under our care were either placed in homes, reunited with their owners, or released to other animal welfare organizations.

We are committed to working with you to find the best possible solution because we know that parting ways with an animal can be particularly difficult.


What is the best way to rehome a bird?

Some rescues specialize in matching birds to a perfect new owner, while others offer a sanctuary setting which provides a forever home for birds placed in their care. Either way, letting your bird go to a rescue is a good way to be sure that your feathered friend will receive top-notch care and interaction.

Can I let my bird go free?

If any animal is domesticated, it cannot survive in the wild. Find a good home for them. Or most people with parrots let them walk around on their cages and such and let them out. Now if you have other animals, you will have to put them in a separate room.

Can I free my pet bird?

Such a naive captive bred bird would be quite vulnerable and will likely end up as a prey for another hungry animal or will die of starvation as they do not know what is safe to eat and how to get their food. This is why it is strongly not advised to let the captive birds back into the wild.

How often are pet birds rehomed?

Only a small fraction of larger parrots will remain in their first home for their entire lifetime. The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council projects that the average parrot may experience up to seven homes during its lifetime. The pet bird industry has made many more birds available than there are good homes.