Our Mission

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Northeast Iowa by rescuing, caring for, and finding adoptive homes for unwanted pets; reducing the overpopulation of companion animals by spaying and neutering, fostering respect for life; encouraging volunteerism; and educating the community about responsible pet guardianship.

The Humane Society of Northeast Iowa (HSNEI) is a 501(c)(3) no-kill humane society founded in 1995, in Decorah, Iowa, to help abused, neglected, abandoned, and unwanted companion animals in the five-county area of Northeast Iowa (Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek counties).

The majority of HSNEI's adoptable animals are housed at the Love & Friendship Adoption Center. See all of our adoptable animals on the Adoptable Dogs and Adoptable Cats pages of this website. 


The Love & Friendship Adoption Center at 2345 Millennium Road in Decorah, Iowa is made possible by the generosity of several donors, including building naming donors Loma & Fritz Carlson. The facility is 4,200 square foot facility and can accommodate cats and dogs in quarantine, intake and adoptable animal areas. 


HSNEI is a Best Friends Network Partner and a PetCo Foundation Partner.

HSNEI By The Numbers


HSNEI is a no-kill animal shelter dedicated to saving as many adoptable animals as possible.

2021 Numbers:

Number of animals served: 457

Adoptions: 390

Missing animals returned to owners: 35

2020 Numbers:

Number of animals served: 546

Adoptions: 463

Missing animals returned to owners: 35

2019 Numbers:

Number of animals served: 435

Adoptions: 366

Missing animals returned to owners: 36