Minneapolis Animal Care and Control Working to Clear Rescue of Dogs and Cats Ahead of Super Bowl

January 10, 2018 06:14 AM

The city of Minneapolis confirmed Tuesday that Minneapolis Animal Care and Control is working to relocate all of its stray cats and dogs to other shelters or rescue agencies until the Super Bowl is over.

On any given night at the MACC facility, there are up to 200 stray dogs and cats sleeping in the kennels.

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As of Tuesday evening, there are four remaining boarders: two dogs and two cats. The goal is to get that number down to zero by Jan. 21, according to an email from the shelter to rescue groups and volunteers. The letter states MACC needs to "keep the shelter as empty as possible because in the event of an emergency, the building could be used for an influx of animals, or even to shelter people."

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"By reducing the number, it will free up city staff so they can be redirected to other duties," Casper Hill, a spokesman for the city, said. Hill said animal control services — like patrols and pickups — will continue during the Super Bowl festivities.  

The short-term relocations will last through Feb. 5, during which time, the animals being fostered might find forever families.

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"It can be a lot of work, but it's also very rewarding," Jen Laskewitz, one of the volunteers boarding animals, said.

After the event leaves the city, animals that have not been adopted out by rescues can return to MACC.

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