Mission & General Information

Our Mission
DRHS protects and promotes the well-being of all animals by fostering respect for their inherent dignity.

Our Vision
DRHS envisions a community where every pet has a permanent and loving home, companion animals are spayed or neutered and all animals are treated with respect and compassion.

Our Values
Compassion. Accountability. Respect. Excellence.

Our Commitment - The DRHS is committed to placing only healthy, treatable and safe animals into the Dubuque community. We are thankful that every day many people choose to adopt a rescue pet to complete their family.

ADMISSION - The DRHS has an open admission philosophy which means we accept every animal that is surrendered to us regardless of health, age, breed or temperament. Open admission is essential to providing shelter and care to thousands of animals that would otherwise have no safe refuge.

We continue to operate under an open admission philosophy to ensure that the people and animals in our community can rely on us no matter the circumstance.

FAIR PROGRAM - Every animal in our care receives a medical and behavioral evaluation upon admission. Many animals can be placed in our adoption program immediately. Others may need medical treatment or behavior modification. Some of these animals are placed in foster care to heal or to train. This is to ensure that even the most difficult-to-place animals have a chance at adoption.

There is no time limit placed on animals in the DRHS adoption center.