Are you part of Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control?
No. We are separate organizations with different goals and objectives. Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control provides animal control services for Cedar Rapids and Marion. Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control is funded by city tax revenues.
The Cedar Valley Humane Society is a private nonprofit animal shelter. We are responsible for animal control services in unincorporated Linn County and its municipalities, with the exception of Cedar Rapids and Marion. We also provide animal control services for unincorporated Benton County (dogs only), North Liberty, Swisher, Tiffin, Shueyville, Oxford, Walford, Solon, Atkins, Shellsburg, and Urbana. The Cedar Valley Humane Society is funded solely by donations, adoptions, and the services we provide.
How are you funded?
The majority of funding for the Cedar Valley Humane Society comes from donations. Though we occasionally receive estate gifts and large memorial gifts, the average donation is $25. Other sources of income include adoption fees, service fees, and grants.
How long do you hold a stray animal before deciding whether or not to put it up for adoption?
County code requires all stray animals be held three business days before transfer of ownership occurs. After three days, dogs, cats and critters are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
What are some of the criteria involved in evaluating an animal’s adoptability?
Behavior, health, compatibility with other animals, children, etc.
What does the adoption fee include?
Feline leukemia test (cats), heartworm test (dogs), age-appropriate vaccinations, deparisitizing (external and internal), and the required spay or neuter surgery.
How long does the CVHS keep animals?
The CVHS has no set time limit for keeping animals as long as an animal is safe and not suffering. An animal will stay in our care for as long as it take to find them a home.