• young boy playing with a dog on a dirt road outside to signify the relationship between owner and animal when adopting at The Dubuque Regional Humane Society

Pet Adoption

Each year the Dubuque Regional Humane Society (DRHS) helps find homes for over two thousand lost, abandoned, neglected, rescued or surrendered companion animals. Our efforts wouldn’t be possible without our community believing in the mission of DRHS and promoting adoption. Adoption not only saves lives but builds families, creates unconditional friendships and promotes the benefits of the human-animal bond. grey cat sitting on its hind legs staring at the camera at The Dubuque Regional Humane SocietyIf you are considering welcoming a new best friend into your heart and home, please opt to adopt.


First, take a look at out our current adoptable dogs, cats, and critters using the links below. If it is love at first sight, double check by clicking on their photo to make sure they aren’t already on hold. If you don't find your newest family member please keep checking back as new adoptable animals are looking for homes on a daily basis. 

Second, plan to visit to the DRHS' Kinsey's Campus to meet your potential new best friend. We recommend you spend at least 15 minutes getting to know each other and encourage you to ask any questions you may have about them.

Third, complete an adoption application form.  We will assist you in evaluating your lifestyle in regards to the animal's needs, review your history of pet ownership and share with you the animal's records. Keep in mind, all adoptions take about 45 minutes to complete. The Dubuque Regional Humane Society has the right to refuse an adoption if it is in the best interest of the animal.

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

  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Deworming
  • First set of distemper shots
  • Flea and tick treatment
  • Rabies vaccines
  • Bordetella vaccination (dogs only)
  • Microchipping
  • A four-pound bag of dog or cat food courtesy of Theisen's Home Farm Auto and Hill's Science Diet Pet Food

Contact Us

Contact Us


4242 Chavenelle Road
Dubuque, IA 52002




Tuesday - Thursday: 11 AM to 5 PM
Friday: 11 AM to 7 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 11 AM to 5 PM
Monday: Closed

Hadley's Dog Park

Member's Only
Operating Hours:
6 AM - 8 PM
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