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Mission Statement

The Iowa County Humane Society is a non-profit, tax exempt organization founded on the principle of maintaining a no-kill philosophy towards animal sheltering. We are dedicated to making our communities more humane places for all animals by: providing shelter and care to animals in need, helping our communities discover and nurture the human-animal bond through education, being a voice for those who have none through animal welfare advocacy and working towards a world where every animal has a loving home through progressive and innovative programs. We believe that all animals deserve a chance for a loving home for life.


The Iowa County Humane Society is located in the southwestern Wisconsin community of Dodgeville and serves all 29 municipalities of Iowa County. Founded in 1998 by a group of citizens concerned with the welfare of the stray and unwanted animals in Iowa County, ICHS became an incorporated business and 501c (3) non-profit organization in 1999. In the years since we have been founded, ICHS has found homes for over 6000 animals. Because of our no-kill philosophy, ICHS has been able to help and find homes for many animals who would have been euthanized in other areas. ICHS does not euthanize animals for space reasons. Euthanization of animals occurs only in the case of terminal health reasons for which there is no hope of a cure or in the case of behavioral issues which make an animal a danger to the community. ICHS incurs all of the costs for medical treatments as well as the costs for food, bedding and daily care for our average animal population of 130 cats and 45 dogs. With annual operating expenses of around $300,000, ICHS relies on donations, memberships, animal sponsorships and fundraising efforts to operate.

ICHS offers many animal related services including adoptions of animals, assistance with re-homing pets, shelter services for stray/homeless/unwanted Iowa County animals, educational programs for schools & community organizations, a pet food pantry to assist pet owners under temporary economic hardship, emergency sheltering services for pets of domestic abuse/violence victims, emergency response for animals during county disaster incidents & Paws n Claws University community educational seminars as well as a Humane Officer for the investigation of cruelty/abuse cases.



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