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Our Mission

We envision a world where people and animals thrive together.

We work with partners and individuals to provide accessible, affordable solutions for people and animals in the communities we serve.

The Humane Society of Northeast Iowa (HSNEI) is a 501(c)(3), founded in 1995 in Decorah Iowa, that helps companion animals in the five-county area of Northeast Iowa (Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek counties). We do not euthanize animals for time or space: our goal is to find homes for our animals.


HSNEI serves people and companion animals in Northeast Iowa through its programs, including pet adoption, humane education, spay/neuter clinics, microchip & nail trim clinics, and more. HSNEI is able to provide theses services because of individual and corporate contributions that help us care for our animals.


  • Receives no state, federal or United Way funding.

  • Responsibly manages the investments of its donors and supporters for the care of animals.

  • Is governed by a volunteer board of directors, adheres to standard accounting practices, and carefully and frugally manages resources to provide the best care for the largest number of animals.

Our goal is to place the majority of our cats and dogs in foster homes while they are waiting for their forever home. See 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 became a reality through the generosity of several primary 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 is proud to partner with the South Winneshiek Veterinary Clinic in providing quality veterinary care for the animals in our care.

HSNEI By The Numbers

HSNEI is dedicated to saving adoptable cats and dogs.

2022 Numbers:

Number of animals served: 495

Adoptions: 360

Missing animals returned to owners: 34

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

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