Are you different from Animal Control?
YES. Although both organizations are committed to animal welfare, we have different missions and jurisdictions. Animal Control receives funds from the city of Sioux City to provide animal control services within the city limits. The Siouxland Humane Societys jurisdiction includes the investigation of abused, neglected, stray and aggressive animals outside the city limits. Only the Siouxland Humane Society receives animals that are being voluntarily surrendered by their owners because they are no longer "wanted".
Where do your animals come from?
The majority of the 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 are you funded? Do my taxes pay these costs?
The Siouxland Humane Society is a private non-profit organization supported by private donations. We receive no United Way funds or governmental monies, except from service contracts outside Sioux City for the purpose of accepting their stray and unwanted animals. Nor do we receive any tax dollars from the City of Sioux City.
What happens to animals that are not adopted?
We make every effort to find a home for each animal we receive this is reflected in our adoption rate which is higher than the national average. Sadly, though, adoption is not always possible. When the number of incoming animals exceeds our space, some animals must be euthanized. Those chosen to "make room" have often been in our shelter for a long time and are determined to be less likely to be adopted in the future.
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.
What are some of the local organizations with which you collaborate?
The Siouxland Humane Society works with such groups as Opportunities Unlimited, Shesler Hall for Women, Alzheimers Association Day Care Unit, American Red Cross, Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, Sioux City Gospel Mission Woman and Children Shelter, The Center, Salvation Army and many local nursing homes.
Who do I call with more questions?
Feel free to call the Siouxland Humane Society at (712) 252-2614.