Iowa Animal Rescue and Adoption Listings

The rescue of Iowa dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and small domestic mammals, is critical to the well-being of these companions.  This page is dedicated to providing rescue lists for all Iowa pets.  We thank all those people who give unselfishly to the saving and placement of the less fortunate, and we hope that any heartache you encounter is overwhelmed by the happiness you make.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  It is PGAA’s desire to provide a list of adoption and rescue sites that rescue pets and, hopefully, place them into new loving and caring homes.  While we make every effort to only publish links from reputable rescue agencies, we HAVE NOT physically reviewed these organizations.  Let us know of any unfavorable experiences that you may have had with any rescue/adoption group at PGAA Rescues.

It is difficult to continually maintain a completely valid list of operating rescue agencies so some of these rescues may no longer be operating.  Your cooperation in notifying us of closed rescues will also be appreciated.

Search Recommendations

  • Click on your state and scroll down to the appropriate pet
  • If you don’t find a group in your state search the surrounding states
  • Still no luck?  Go to the National section and scroll to the appropriate pet
  • When all else fails E-mail us for assistance

Iowa Adoption and Rescue Organizations.

Please use caution when considering placing an animal with any one involved in animal rescue, or if you get an animal from a rescue/adoption agency. Get references and do some investigation on your own.  Long-distance/sight unseen adoptions can be risky.

A “Yes” in the No-Kill column means that the rescue is a shelter where animals are only euthanized if they are too sick to be treated or too aggressive to be suitable for adoption.

Cats Only
Cats and Dogs
Dogs-All Breeds
Dogs By Breed
Other Animals

Cats and Dogs
Boone, Iowa 50036 Cats and Dogs All Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary and Rescue Yes
Charles City, IA 50616 Cats and Dogs All PAWS Humane Society Yes
Clinton, IA 52733 Cats and Dogs All Clinton Humane Society
Clinton, IA 52803 Cats and Dogs All Animal Aid and Education
Council Bluffs, IA Cats and Dogs All Muddy Paws Second Chance Rescue
Davenport, IA 52806 Cats and Dogs All K9 Kindness Rescue
Des Moines, Iowa Cats and Dogs All Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary & Rescue Yes
Des Moines, Iowa 50320 Cats and Dogs All Animal Lifeline of Iowa Yes
Fairfield, Iowa 52556 Cats and Dogs All Noah’s Ark Yes
Grinnell, IA 50112 Cats and Dogs All Poweshiek Animal League Shelter Yes
Nashua, IA 50658 Cats and Dogs All C and W Rustic Hollow Shelter Yes
Oxford Junction, IA 52323 Cats and Dogs All Animal Welfare Foundation of Iowa
Pacific Junction, IA 51561 Cats and Dogs All Loess Hills Humane Society
Papillion, NE 68046 Cats and Dogs All Town and Country Humane Society
Spencer Cats and Dogs All People for Pets (focuses on rescues from shelter)
Sioux City IA 51003 Cats and Dogs All Siouxland Humane Society
Dogs All Breeds
Cortland, NE 68331 Dogs Toy Stickneys Toy Breed Rescue and Retirement Sanctuary and Pekingese Rescue for the Midwest Yes
Glenwood, IA 51534 Dogs Large Hooves and Paws Rescue, Inc. Yes
Dogs By Breed
Iowa Dogs Australian Shepherds Aussie Rescue Midwest (click on State)
Sioux City IA 51101 Dogs Basset Iowa Basset Rescue
Iowa Dogs Basset, pure and mixed Basset and Beagle Rescue of the Heartland
Iowa Dogs Beagle, pure and mixed Basset and Beagle Rescue of the Heartland
Iowa Dogs Boston Terrier Nebraska Boston Terrier Rescue
Iowa Dogs Boston Terrier MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue Inc.
Omaha, NE 68139 Dogs Dachshund Nebraska Dachshund Rescue
Omaha, NE 68114 Dogs Doberman Doberman Rescue of Nebraska
Lake Mills, IA 50450 Dogs German Shepherd Dog German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Iowa Yes
Moline, IL 61265 Dogs German Shepherd Dog Mississippi Valley German Shepherd Dog Rescue Yes
Iowa Dogs Golden Retrievers Retrieve A Golden Of Minnesota 952-946-8070
Iowa Dogs Great Dane Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue.
Iowa Dogs Great Dane Upper Midwest Great Dane Rescue
Dubuque Dogs Husky Homeward Bownd Siberian Husky Rescue
Iowa Dogs Italian Greyhound Midwest Italian Greyhound Rescue
Omaha, NE 68154 Dogs Jack Russell Terrier JRT Rescue, Inc. Yes
IA, NE, KA Dogs Jack Russell Terrier Heartland JRT Rescue
Iowa Dogs Mastiff Midwest Mastiff Fanciers
Cortland, NE 68331 Dogs Pekingese Stickneys Toy Breed Rescue and Retirement Sanctuary and Pekingese Rescue for the Midwest Yes
Omaha, NE 68114 Dogs Pointers Great Plains Pointer Rescue
Midwest Dogs Shiba Inu Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue
Dubuque Dogs Siberian Husky Homeward Bownd Siberian Husky Rescue
Iowa Dogs Weimaraner Heartland Weimaraner Rescue
Other Animals
Iowa Ferrets Legion of Superferrets
Glenwood, IA 51534 Horses All Hooves and Paws Rescue, Inc.
Des Moines, 50312 Reptiles Iowa Reptile Rescue