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Adopt from the DRHS


  • View our current adoptable dogs, cats, and critters using the buttons above

  • Visit the shelter and meet your potential new best friend in person

  • Put a hold on an animal you're interested in adopting if you need additional time to consider (see details below*)

  • If you currently have dogs in your home, we recommend a dog-to-dog introduction at the shelter prior to adoption

  • Complete an adoption application at the DRHS

  • Take your new addition home!

  • The visitation and adoption process takes approximately 45-60 minutes to complete.

All adoptions from the Dubuque Regional Humane Society include the following:

  •  Spay or neuter surgery

  •  Deworming and fecal exam

  •  Flea and tick treatment

  •  Distemper combination vaccination

  •  Rabies vaccination

  •  Bordetella vaccination (dogs only)

  •  Microchip implantation

  •  FeLV/FIV test (cats only)

  • Transition bag of dog or cat food courtesy of Theisen's Home Farm & Auto and Hill's Science Diet Pet Food

  • Litter (cats only) courtesy of World’s Best Cat Litter

*DRHS Animal Hold Policy & Procedure:

  • The DRHS does not accept holds via email, social media message/comment, or voice message

  • In order to hold an animal that you may be interested in adopting, the DRHS requires you to pay a $35 non-refundable holding fee if in person, or $50 non-refundable holding fee if on the phone

  • If you decide to adopt the animal on which you placed a hold, the $35/$50 fee will be applied towards the adoption fee

  • Holds are nontransferable to other animals

  • A hold is only effective until 4:00pm the next business day (6:00pm on Friday)

    • If you are not back by 4:00pm the next business day (6pm on Friday), you lose the $35/$50 holding fee, and as stated above, it is non-refundable

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