The Humane Society of Northeast Iowa (HSNEI) is closed to public walk-ins and drop-in volunteers until further in response to the worldwide pandemic COVID-19 outbreak, according to Tim DeVore, HSNEI executive director.
HSNEI is still accepting applications for animals as well as continuing the Foster to Adopt program at this time, conditionally and upon appointment request only. Contact HSNEI by messaging through facebook or by phone at 563-382-0500 with any questions.
HSNEI will be open for appointment-only requests for surrendered animals and found stray animals at the current time.
The shelter will be open to appointment only requests for meet and greets with animals for approved adopters who show no signs of illness and who have not come in contact with any other individuals showing signs of illness.
“We will be allowing approved volunteers under the same conditions and only those who have signed up through our volunteer webpage, minimum 24 hours before shift start times,” DeVore said.
“We appreciate any and all support during these times as we work to help and protect all the animals in our communities. According to the World Health Organization, there is ‘no evidence that companion animals have been infected or could spread [COVID-19.]’ HSNEI is working to protect staff members and volunteers through this closure and we hope to see everyone out here again once given the all clear.”

Due to the international pandemic, HSNEI is making preparations for all scenarios and that includes limiting staff and non-essential personnel in and out of HSNEIs facilities, especially with many of our current staff members being Luther students who will no longer be in the Decorah area, DeVore said.
“We are hoping and searching for emergency fosters at this time to lessen the burden at the shelter. If you are able and willing to accommodate a cat or two or a dog in your home during these uncertain times, we would very much like to get in contact with you.
“Please apply for fostering at so we can get you approved as soon as possible. We appreciate and thank you in advance for your outreach,” DeVore said.