HSNEI is a non-profit organization that rescues and shelters homeless cats and dogs until they can be adopted into their “forever” homes. Adopting an animal is a lifetime responsibility and commitment to that animal.


  • HSNEI advocates for spaying/neutering of all companion animals, and for the humane treatment and care of animals.


  • Adoption fees range from $30.00-$50.00 for cats, and $100.00-$225.00 for dogs depending on the age and gender of the animal. These adoption fees only partially cover the veterinary expenses and housing costs for the animals. In addition, a $25 kitten and $50 puppy deposit is required when adopting an animal that is not yet neutered or spayed, which is reimbursed upon proof of altering. Surgical alteration is required by 6 months of age. We prefer to have them altered before adoption to ensure it is done. To enable you to take home an unaltered animal, we offer the foster to adopt program(explained below).


  • After submitting an application there is a processing period in order to complete all pre-adoption checks before an adopter may take an animal home. Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged within 24 hours when submitted online. HSNEI's goal is to make the best match for the animal and the adopter so the adoption is successful, so all applications are equally considered that are received within a 24 hour period. Adopters will receive an update on the adoption process ideally within 5 days of application submission.​​

  • Potential adoptive families will be allowed to meet foster animals only after an adoption application has been completed and approved. The entire adoptive family is strongly encouraged to meet the animal before adoption. In the case of canine adoptions.

  • Decisions to meet an animal must be made within 2 days, or we move on to the next applicant. We want animals in their forever homes as soon as possible. 

  • We offer a foster to adopt program. You can take an animal home the same day, if you have an approved application. You don't pay an adoption fee. You take them home and make sure it's good fit in your home. Generally we give you two weeks, but more time can be allowed. For more information, email


  • HSNEI makes all reasonable efforts to identify any medical or behavioral issues related to the animals in our care, but cannot guarantee the health and/or temperament of any animal.


  • An individual must be 21 years old to apply to adopt an animal from HSNEI, with exceptions at the discretion of staff.


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The Humane Society of Northeast Iowa is a tax deductible organization incorporated as a 501c(3)  in the United States.