Adoption Process

If you are willing to wait for the right animal to be matched to you,
you are an ideal candidate for Des Moines County Humane Society. As our success rate proves, these precious animals are well worth the wait.



Finding Your Pet

Stop into the shelter, we are located in Burlington, Iowa, or search on our pages to find the right fit for you. We do want you to meet the dog or cat in person to make sure it is the right fit. If we do not have what you are looking for at that time, check with us again as we get new dogs and cats often.



We appreciate you wanting to bring a animal into your home. Once you decide the right animal that fits for you we need you to submit an adoption application. Please fill out the application as best and truthfully as you can.



We will review your application upon receipt, they are looked over in order recieved. If we have any questions or concerns, we will contact you for clarity. If we try to contact you for more than a few days with no answer we will go onto the next application.


Meet and Greet

Once your application review is complete, a Des Moines County Humane Society staff member will contact you to schedule a meet and greet with your dog(s) to meet in person and discuss all-things pet. You will bring your dog(s) to the shelter to do this. If the meet and greet goes good we can do the adoption at that time.



Adoption contract and payment

If you do not need a meet and greet (you do not currently have dogs at home) we will go over the adoption contract, sign and pay.

If the animal still needs spay or neutered they will stay to wait for a vet visit to get this done before going home. If animal is already spayed or neutered he will get to go home then.


Additional Information

Spaying and Neutering Policy
Iowa Code Section 162.20 mandates any dog or cat that leaves a shelter be spayed or neutered.

Other Shelter adoption policies include:

  • Cats/kittens are available on a "first come, first served" basis.
  • The adopter or primary owner must provide proof of legal age and be able to provide reasonable means of support for an animal.
  • If the adopter rents his/her residence, he or she should secure landlord permission prior to adopting an animal. The Humane Society may ask for proof of landlord permission.
  • On certain dog breeds, proof of a homeowner's or renter's insurance policy covering that breed of dog may be required.
  • No animal will be adopted to anyone who refuses to have it spayed/neutered.
  • Please note that ALL adopters must meet the dog in person before an adoption will be considered.
  • We reserve the right to refuse adoption to anyone.
  • You may need to drive to the shelter or the vet more than once in this process, we are located in Burlington, Iowa.
  • Other dogs in the home will be expected to be up to date in vaccines and neutered or spayed.

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