Adoption Info and Application

Dog adoptions are $125.00 and cat adoptions are $90.00 (cash or check only, no credit cards at this time).  Included in any adoption is the spay or neuter surgery, vet visit, first two sets of basic vaccines, heartworm test (dogs), feline testing (cats) as well as a rabies vaccine.  An approved application is required for all dog adoptions.   On certain dog breeds, proof of a homeowner's or renter's insurance policy covering that breed of dog may be required.  

Cats/kittens are available on a "first come, first served" basis.  

If you are interested in adopting a specific dog, you may print the application below and fax to the shelter at 319.753.8389.  Please note that ALL adopters must meet the dog in person before an adoption will be considered.  If you have questions about the adoption process, please call the shelter at 319.753.8389.  


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:

  • 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.
  • No animal will be adopted to anyone who refuses to have it spayed/neutered.
  • We reserve the right to refuse adoption to anyone.

Thank you for your interest in adopting a pet from the Des Moines County Humane Society!