Des Moines County Humane Society is a foster based rescue organization and does not have a traditional physical kennel facility like many humane societies or animal shelters do. Our dogs are typically housed in family homes and cared for by their foster families until we find a forever home for them. Therefore, our process to meet dogs and to adopt may be different than a normal animal control facility, humane society or animal shelter.
In order to schedule a visit to meet Des Moines County Humane Society dogs available for adoption, you must apply to adopt, successfully complete the application process, and have obtained an approval.
We understand that it seems like a long process to get through to just meet a dog, however, we want to ensure that dogs and families are a good match for each other and that the dog you are interested in is still available at the time you are approved to adopt. We also feel it important to have potential adopter's screened adequately to ensure that we know who may be engaging with our volunteers and visiting our foster families' homes. Their peace of mind and safety is of utmost importance to Des Moines County Humane Society.
There is no application fee required to apply. The application process consists of the following: written application, reference check, phone interview, and lastly a home environment verification; which may be either a physical home visit by a Des Moines County Humane Society volunteer or possibly a digital tour of the home depending upon logistics and timing.The application process from start to finish can take approximately 1-2 weeks.
Once the application process is complete a Des Moines County Humane Society Adoption Coordinator will discuss with you which available dogs that may match your interests and preferences, as well as your current and future lifestyle. Once a potential match is determined you will be connected to the foster family who will provide you with more personal detail about the particular dog and set up a time for you to come and visit with the dog in their home.
All prospective new families must travel and come to meet the dogs in their current foster home environment to ensure that the dogs are where they feel the most comfortable and can be themselves. We want to make sure you see the "real"' them and vice versa! Please plan to bring your current canine companion(s) with you if you have any. Cats, hamsters, birds, rabbits, etc. are not required to travel for the meet and greet. If you have a special needs dog that cannot travel please let your Adoption Coordinator know and they will work with you.
If the meet and greet visit is successful and we have a match the foster family will be able to process and finalize the adoption and you will be able to take your dog home with you that same day! Therefore, please make home preparations prior to your visit so you will be ready to take your new friend home!
You will not need to bring anything for the day of the visit and the ride home unless you wish your new dog to travel home in a crate. When a GLWR dog is adopted he/she is sent home with a large take home pack that will contain the following; a personalized folder with the adoption contract; relevant medical and behavioral information and general information to help the new adopter acclimate their Weimaraner to his/her new life; a Des Moines County Humane Society CD containing e-books and articles to help you train and care for your new friend; toys; treats; supplements; a new collar and leash; a no slip collar for a safe ride home; anti-pull walking harness; transfer kibble and food; a special hand-made fleece blanket and more!
Once our dog moves on to their "forever" home, we like to stay in touch with our families to ensure that all is going well and everyone is getting acclimated to each other. We are happy to assist you with any advice, suggestions or information that you need to help settle and acclimate your new family member into your home to make the transition as comfortable and stress free as possible.
Our goal is to make the adoption process a rewarding one and a good experience for all involved. We like to think of our dogs and their adopters as "Des Moines County Humane Society Rescue Ambassadors" that will spread the word about their positive experience with adopting a rescue dog and help others realize that there are many wonderful dogs available for adoption everywhere!