FAQ

How are you funded? Do my taxes pay these costs?
The Siouxland Humane Society is a private non-profit organization supported by private donations, fundraising and income generated through programs and services. We do not receive city, state or federal tax dollars, no United Way funds or financial support from national humane organizations. The pets are dependent on your financial support, donate today!

Can I contribute in honor or memory of a special pet, relative or friend?
Absolutely! Your gift will be acknowledged to the person or family you designate. What a wonderful way to commemorate a treasured pet or loved one!.

Are my contributions tax deductible?
YES. The Siouxland Humane Society is a private nonprofit organization, incorporated in Iowa, and fully qualified as a 501(c)(3) under the IRS code. Your contributions are deductible for the year in which they are made, to the extent of the law.

Where do your animals come from?
The majority of the nearly 3,000 animals that enter the Siouxland Humane Society shelter annually are voluntarily surrendered by their owners. We often receive entire litters of unwanted puppies and kittens, as well as abused, neglected and stray animals. Our kennels often contain a surprising number of purebred animals available for adoption.

Why do people surrender their animals? Is there something wrong with them?
Most of the time, there is nothing wrong with the animals, be they purebred or mixed breed. Often their owners simply no longer want the responsibility for their care. Frequently their failure to spay/neuter their pet results in unwanted litters which are then brought to us.

Do you accept animals other than dogs and cats?
5% of the animals surrendered are small animals or exotics. We are equipped to house lizards, birds, snakes, rats, hamsters, rabbits and other small pets.

How long do animals in your adoption program have?
There is no set time limit. We find homes for 100% of the adoptable pets. We work very hard to find a home for every pet we receive unless they are unhealthy and untreatable. We do not euthanize pets because we are full or to make space. Pets that are hard for us to place find homes because of increased funding of our spay/neuter program, veterinary services program and our placement efforts with other shelters or rescue groups. We also bring pets from other shelters and rescue groups when we have space so they are not euthanized.

How do I become a volunteer at the Siouxland Humane Society?
To become a volunteer, you must be at least 14 years old and complete the one hour SHS volunteer orientation held monthly at the Shelter. View our events calendar to find out about our upcoming orientation or visit our Volunteer page for more information.

Who do I call with more questions?
Feel free to call the Siouxland Humane Society at 712-252-2614.