Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
The city allowed us to take over the existing animal control building as our new shelter. This building now provides two functions: an animal control facility where animals will await their owners and a humane society where unclaimed, lost, unwanted, or mistreated animals are guaranteed a chance at adoption and a loving home.
Some of the animals in our shelter are stray. Others are unwanted and have been abandoned, while still perfect in all the important ways. Many have been cast aside by their owners. Some owners didn’t have enough time. Some had to move. Some dogs were surrendered because they barked too much, others because they didn’t bark enough.
The one thing all these animals have in common is that each is hoping for you to bring them home and give them a loving new family. We hope you will help us help them.
* All other days and evenings are by appointment. Please call 641-257-0766 or send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
First and foremost, we are looking for permanent, responsible homes for these animals. Thousands of animals die each year because irresponsible owners neglect them, let them breed or just decide they no longer want their animals. Please consider the time and money required to own a pet. It's a lifetime commitment and nothing less can be acceptable.
There is a mandatory 24-hour waiting period for surrendered animals before they can go to a new home. For strays there is a mandatory 7 day waiting period for adoptions. After you decide on the pet you wish to adopt, you must complete our adoption application available at the front desk.
You must be 18 years of age or older to adopt an animal.
All animals leaving the shelter must be spayed or neutered in accordance with Iowa State Law. Adopters must sign a legally binding contract stating that spaying or neutering will be done within the timeframe decided by the PAWS Humane Society. Failure to have the pet spayed or neutered can result in confiscation of the pet and possible prosecution.
If you rent or lease your house or apartment, we require written or verbal approval from your landlord before you adopt a pet. We will not adopt an animal to a person or family who is either in the process of moving or is planning to move within a month after adoption.
Animals are placed as pets or companions only. We do not place cats as barn cats or mousers and dogs are not placed as strictly guard or protective animals.
No animal will be adopted that will be kept strictly outside without adequate housing.
We do not adopt animals as gifts or presents.
If you are interest in a large dog (over 40 pounds), we suggest a fenced-in yard where the animal cannot get off your property. It is the law in the State of Iowa that your dog must be confined on a leash at all times.
We do not suggest young puppies or kittens for a family with very young children or in a situation where all family members are gone for long periods each day.
If, at any time, you can no longer care for your pet, you are required to return the pet to the shelter or the closest humane society.
We reserve the right to refuse any adoption.
See more info at: http://pawsonline.org/html/adopt.html
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, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.