About Us

A Winning Team


Our amazing team of employees and volunteers work very hard to take good care of our animals.  If you are interesting in volunteering, please contact the shelter to learn more about volunteer opportunities.  

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Patty Jaeger, President

Karanel Larson, Vice President

Stacey Meyer, Secretary

Sue VanMeter, Treasurer


Eric Benne

Diane Boyd

Lori Brockett

Angi Campbell

Kaitlyn Caston

Dr. Becky Gibilisco, DVM

Karanel Larson

Tim Larson

Kari McCoy

Zach Russell 

Kristy Wellman

Tom Schnirring, Honorary

Shelter Employees

Kandi Hillyer, Director

KC Shoemaker, Assistant Manager

Karri Swartzlander, Adoption Coordinator

Angie Beard, Kennel Attendant

Brenda Mutchler, Kennel Attendant

Steve Shoemaker, Kennel Attendant

Kelsey Wolf, Kennel Attendant

Jessie Tanner, Kennel Attendant

Hunter Cornic, Kennel Attendant

Our Mission



The Des Moines County Humane Society is dedicated to the welfare of all animals in Des Moines County, IA. With the financial and volunteer support of community members, DMCHS operates an adoption program within the city-owned Burlington Animal Shelter at 2000 N. Roosevelt Avenue.

Thousands of homeless companion animals have been saved from being euthanized and found new families thanks to the support of community members like you. DMCHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It receives no tax dollars to support activities. The shelter depends entirely on donations, contributions, gifts and memorials.

2018 DMCHS Report

Check out our 2018 Year in Review!

DMCHS Year Review 2018 (pdf)


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