The Dubuque Regional Humane Society
is an independent 501(c)3, non-profit organization.  We do not receive funding from the federal, state, or county governments.  We operate through the generosity of people like you.       


Issue | May/June 2017

The Dubuque Regional Humane Society (DRHS) will operate as a no-kill, open admission humane society. We will provide each animal in our care the best opportunity to be placed into a safe, loving home. We will never euthanize a healthy, treatable animal for lack of space, length of time, or any other reason that is not in the best interest of the animal. We will continue to partner with residents to affirm the Tri-State region is a compassionate, humane, no-kill community.

We meet the industry standards as advocated by Best Friends and Maddie's Fund.

Best Friends:
Animal shelter policies and practices:
No-kill pet shelters and organizations only euthanize animals who are irremediably suffering and cannot be rehabilitated. They do not kill pets as a means of population control. The benchmark to achieving no-kill is when a community saves at least 90 percent of the homeless animals it takes in. In a no-kill community, shelters strive to not only find permanent homes for all the dogs and cats they take in, they also implement a variety of programs to reduce the number of pets coming in and to increase the number of pets leaving the shelter alive.

The difference between shelter euthanasia and killing:
Best Friends defines euthanasia purely as an act of mercy. (Other groups sometimes use the term "mercy killing.") We believe pet euthanasia should be reserved for situations when an animal is irremediably suffering and a veterinarian has determined the animal has no chance of recovering an acceptable quality of life, or the animal's behavior doesn't allow him/her to be a candidate for rehabilitation

Maddie's Fund:
How does Maddie's Fund define no-kill?
Maddie's Fund defines no-kill as saving both healthy and treatable dogs and cats, with euthanasia reserved only for unhealthy & not treatable animals. While no-kill organizations save all the healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats under their care, no-kill communities save all of the healthy and treatable pets in all of the animal welfare agencies community-wide.

For more information on the DRHS commitment to remain a No-Kill | Open Admission shelter, click here.


Save the Date!
September 14, 2017

Join us at our Tails at Twilight Gala! 
This is our largest event of the
year which raises critical funding 
for  necessary, and sometimes 
lifesaving, medical care.

If you or your business can contribute to our silent auction, please contact Melissa Palfrey, Director of Marketing & Development, 563.582.6766 or


Fireworks are not Friendly

Leave pets at home when you head out for fireworks. Please provide a safe, secure location for your pet during Fourth of July celebrations. T he resulting panic caused by fireworks or other loud noises may make them break their restraint or jump a fence in a terrified attempt to find safety. Many fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as potassium nitrate, copper, chlorates, arsenic and other heavy metals so be wary of your animals finding the falling debris from fireworks.

Click here for more Summer Pet Safety Tips 


Wish List
The DRHS is in need of the following items:

Paper Towels
Heating Pads
Dog Toys
Dish Soap
Latex Gloves (Md/Lrg)
Dog Treats

More items are on our AMAZON Wish List! CLICK HERE

Please also consider donating any new or gently used baskets.

Featured Pets
Furry Felines

Hello, my name is Kowalski. I am a 2 year old domestic short hair mix who is still searching for my new home. I am very adventurous and love to play. If you are looking for a furry friend to add to your family, come  meet me today!

Kowalski is a part of our F.A.I.R. Program. We recommend that he goes to an adult or family home with children 10 years or older.

Adopt Dogs                     Adopt Cats               Adopt Critters

Kids & Critter Camp

K ids entering second through sixth grades can spend their summer afternoons learning all about animals, participating in activities and seeing demonstrations by local experts. Campers make friends, have fun with arts and crafts and have hands on time with animals at the DRHS.

Click on the link below to see a list of camp dates and register now.

Scholarships still available. Apply Now!

Thank you to our Scholarship Sponsors: 
Fidelity Bank & Trust  and R.W. Hoefer Foundation

Thank you to the following volunteers who served 10+ hours or 
volunteered  at a special event in the month of May!  
Their time and efforts have truly made an impact on the animals at the DRHS!

Codi Akins
Shea Burcham
Tina Burcham
Alyssa Cook
Jenna Cook
Laurie Fedje
Laura Feipel
Josh Glider
MaryBeth Grimm
Elise Hallstoos
Sharon Hallstoos
Jeleighsa Hamilton
Colleen Jaeger
Janice Johnson
Delores Kass
Mark Kightlinger
David Klauer
Ashley Klein
Gail Klein
Angie Kronlage
Charlene Mabra
Emily Meinnert
Bob Merrick
Aliana Miller
Dean Millius
Grace Mouring
Mike Mulligan
Jody Peavy
Joseph Peavy
Jill Reimer
Denise Rupp
Megan Schmerbach
Sara Schneider
Sheila Schneider
Julie Spahn
Kaleigha Spahn
Andrew Wallace

Benvenuto's Italian Grill is our May Paws Up Sponsor.  Benvenuto's donated a gift certificate for each of our volunteers to enjoy a free dessert.  Thank you to those individuals who help make a difference in the lives of the animals at the DRHS.

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