Adoption FAQ

What do I need to bring in order to adopt a pet from the DRHS?
You will need to provide a photo ID if you want to visit with our dogs and cats. You may walk our dogs or play with our cats for as long as you'd like. If you rent, you will need your landlord's permission to have a pet.

What if I do not find the pet I'm looking for at the shelter?
Do not feel like you have to choose a pet the first time you visit. Many of our happiest adopters come to the shelter over and over again to look for their perfect pet. If you do not see what you are looking for, ask us.

What happens after I find the right companion?
Once you have made your choice, you will need to fill out an application form. We will evaluate your lifestyle and past history of pet ownership in making our decision. We will also take into account the animal you have chosen to make sure it's a good match. In some cases, you can take your new companion home right away. In other cases, you may have to wait for the spay/neuter surgery to be completed. The Dubuque Regional Humane Society staff has the right to refuse an adoption if it is best for the animal.

What if I have another pet at home?
If you are interested in adopting a dog, but you have another dog at your house you can bring your dog out to the shelter and we can do an introduction. Unfortunately, if you have a cat at home and you are interested in adopted another animal you cannot bring your cat out to the shelter. If you are interested in a dog and you own a cat, we can do an introduction with the dog and a cat at the shelter. If you are interested in adopting a cat and you have a cat at home, ask a staff member for tips on how to do a proper introduction once you get home. If you are adopting a cat and have another cat at home, you can get a FELV/FIV test done at the DRHS for $35.

What is included in the adoption fee?
Mandatory spay or neuter surgery
First set of distemper shots
Flea & tick treatment
Rabies shots
Dogs receive Bordatella vaccination
Cats receive
FeLV/FLV testing
A free 4-pound bag of dog or cat food courtesy of Theisen's Home, Farm, and Hill's Science Diet Pet Food

Why does the DRHS spay/neuter each animal that goes up for adoption?
Iowa law states that animals adopted from a shelter be spayed or neutered.