BURNSVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) — Animal lovers crowded the Minnesota Valley Humane Society in Burnsville Saturday, trying to adopt pets after learning the shelter is closing.

Thursday, the shelter’s board announced they will close doors at the end of the year, saying the organization was victim to the economy.

The animals that aren’t adopted by Dec. 31 will be transferred to other shelters.

When adoptions began Saturday morning, people lined up to give the animals new homes.

“I saw they were closing and thought now is a good time to adopt a cat. They all need homes,” said Peggy Divine, of Bloomington.

Harold Larsen, of Burnsville, had a similar thought.

“All of the sudden, bang, they are going to close the humane society here in Burnsville and thought, ‘Uh-oh, all those animals are going to have to go somewhere,'” he said.

In just a few hours Saturday, the shelter staff said about 35 pets were adopted, at least three times the number of adoptions they have on an average day.

WCCO-TV’s Dennis Douda Reports

Comments (3)
  1. Liz says:

    Bless all of these folks – including the shelter volunteers. Pets have the most difficult time in this weather and to get a loving new home by Christmas is a blessing to these little dogs and cats!! We already have cats and dogs otherwise I would have been first in line!! Blessings to all involved!!

  2. Theresa says:

    And the animals still needed homes when the shelter was open. maybe all shelters need to threaten to close to adopt out the animals. Spay your pets people!!!!

  3. Don't Kill 'Em says:

    Find it hard to believe that the Humane Society wasn’t going to simply euthanize the remaining animals when they closed. That’s what they typically do if they can’t find an animal a home after a certain number of days. If any animals remain at the end of the month, I hope they can go to one of the many NO KILL shelters in the area.

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