Schedule an appointment to volunteer below!

Though the Humane Society of North Iowa remains closed to drop-in visitors, we are open for volunteers through a self-scheduling appointment option (below). This option is only available to volunteers. Please review directions on the adoption information page for details on meeting a specific animal and/or our adoption process. 

For everyone’s safety and to effectively manage human traffic in the shelter, the following protocols are in place:

  • All volunteers must complete a Volunteer Application (available online or at the shelter)
  • All volunteers must be age 10 or older
  • Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and have parental/guardian consent (must sign Volunteer Application prior to arrival)
  • Volunteers over the age 16 can volunteer unsupervised with parental/guardian consent (must sign Volunteer Application prior to arrival)
  • Appointments can be made using the calendar below and are available in one hour increments Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • 2 volunteers allowed per scheduled appointment (please adhere to this limit as it helps us to manage the number of people in the shelter) 
  • Appropriate footwear required for dog walking-no flip flops please! 
  • Volunteers are expected to adhere to social distancing protocols and frequent use of available hand sanitizer while at the shelter. Face masks are recommended, but not required. 

Please use the calendar below to make an appointment to come walk dogs, play fetch, or cuddle and play with the kitties!  Select a date, then select a time from the what is listed as available. Enter the requested information where indicated, click submit, and you will receive an email confirming your appointment.  We hope to see you soon!! 


How we are managing operations during COVID-19: Keeping the shelter sanitary and clean has always been a priority for the Humane Society of North Iowa, but especially during this time, we strive to keep our staff and visiting public as safe as possible. The shelter has been closed to walk-in visits since the middle of March and remains closed until further notice. We have successfully been offering adoptions through appointments once we established safety protocols, and now are happy to offer volunteer appointments as well. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call (641-423-6241) or email us: hsni@hsni.org

Please do not visit the shelter if you are feeling ill, have had known contact
with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks,
or have a compromised immune system.