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NOTICE: Due to staffing shortages and a decreased service radius at the Iowa Humane Alliance, we are no longer offering transport services. We are looking into other service options. Thank you for your patience.  

Here at the DRHS we recognize that traditional family homes aren’t for every cat. Working cats are healthy but independent cats from local shelters available to community members looking for natural pest deterrents. Whether you run a business or maintain a barn, we can help you find the perfect working cat for your workspace.

The DRHS is a proud participating shelter with the Pets for the Elderly Foundation! This organization helps pay the fees to participating animal shelters throughout the United States for senior citizens (age 60 and over) who adopt a companion dog or cat from a participating shelter – including pre-adoption veterinary exams and spay/neuter, if part of the adoption fee.

The DRHS is proud to offer our “Vets Need Pets” program in partnership with the local Veteran’s Freedom Center. The program offers veterans $50 off a cat or dog adoption with their military ID. 

The DRHS continually strives to find new and innovative ways to keep pets with their families. Financial difficulties due to job loss or a change in family status are among the top reasons why owners surrender pets to the DRHS. To fulfill our mission to keep pets in their home, we’ve established a Pet Pantry to temporarily assist families in need. 

Hadley's Dog Park is the first and only member-only dog park in the Dubuque community. Located on Kinsey's Campus at the DRHS, the park features over an acre of green space allowing dogs to run, play and socialize and is open year-round.

The DRHS is the stray holding facility for the City of Dubuque, Dubuque County, and Jo Daviess County. If you have lost an animal within these areas, please check the lost and found pet page. If you have found a stray or lost animal, please check the lost and found pets page to see requirements prior to bringing them in. 

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