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Pottawattamie County Animal Shelter


Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Unincorporated areas of Pottawattamie County, Iowa.

We will get them vaccinated and sterilized as soon as we can after the 5 day holding period or soon after a dog is surrendered. The price for adoption will be $120 and just like it is now.

About Our Shelter:

As part of Pottawattamie County Animal Control, our shelter sees all kinds of animals! However, our shelter was designed to house only dogs, so we are always looking for foster homes to house these other animals. We are a small shelter, but we seem to have large needs at all times. We need donations for medical care for our dogs. And if you are 18 or older and love dogs, stop by one of our events to get a volunteer application or download an application at Mail or bring the application, along with the background check and a copy of your driver's license to the address shown above.

Thanks to all who support the Pottawattamie County Animal Shelter.

Come Meet our Pets:

We currently hold events at Petsmart in Council Bluffs on the first and third Sundays of each month!

We are located outside of Council Bluffs, Iowa just off I-29 South at exit 42 (Bellevue exit). Turn right onto 189th street which is the access road to Mid-American Energy past the Saddle Store and the trucking company, and take your first left on Applewood Road. We are a block up on your can't miss us. Shelter hours are Monday through Friday, 9am - 4pm and Saturday, 9am - 2pm. Due to the nature of animal control work, it is best if you make an appointment to see a dog by calling the shelter at (712) 366-0152. For animal control issues, call (712) 366-1143. The shelter is closed all major holidays.

Our Adoption Process:

At the time of adoption, all of our dogs and puppies are spayed or neutered, have a nationally registered micro-chip, are current on all shots (including rabies), have been de-wormed, and have had a heart-worm test. They will be bathed, have their ears cleaned, and receive flea treatments as needed. We also spend time evaluating our dog's temperaments to find out if they are dog, cat, or child friendly. The dogs are in great health when they go to a new home! Our adoption fee is $120.00, which covers all of the above procedures/treatments. If the surrender or stray came to us already sterilized, the fee will be only $40!

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Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.