Who We Are
The Johnson County Humane Society (JCHS) is a group of dedicated volunteers devoted to providing programs and services
for the animals and people of our community.
are a nonprofit organization, funded entirely through tax-deductible donations
from people like you.
our group is licensed by the State of Iowa as an animal shelter,
we do not operate an animal sheltering facility. Instead, we recruited foster caregivers to take companion animals into their private
homes until permanent homes were found.
work (and play) collaboratively with our municipal animal shelter, the Iowa
City Animal Care & Adoption Center, as well as other animal agencies
Johnson County Humane Society (JCHS) is committed to supporting
and promoting the humane treatment of all animals, particularly
the companion animals in our community.
encourage the support and sponsorship of humane education programs
aimed at developing more compassion, better understanding, and
a deeper appreciation regarding the diversity of animals in our
world, and to advance community understanding of the need for
animal protection and advocacy.
actively serve as animal advocates by providing appropriate services
for animals in conditions of need, and as appropriate, for their
support just laws for the protection of animals in cooperation
with the appropriate authorities.
• Although we rarely foster animals anymore, we do provide a way for owners/rescuers to feature their animals to be re-homed on our site. Check out our Owner/Rescuer Re-home Service
• Meet the animals who are available for adoption by browsing through
their photos, biographies, and personality profiles.
spreading the word that overpopulation kills—our spay/neuter program
provides financial assistance to qualifying Johnson County residents
for the spaying or neutering of their pets.
• We understand that most feral cats who have lived outside
a few years are not homeless—our trap/neuter/return (TNR) program focuses on maintaining healthy feral cat colonies.
• We buy, transport, and distribute pet food to the Crisis Center and local food pantries through our Pet Food Project which also provides food for our Feral Cat Colonies.
• We teach that animals (like humans) go through stages of
development—visit our Behavior page for strategies that focus on issues like “Cat waking
you up at zero in the morning? Problems potty-training the puppy?”
• We actively lobby for better animal protection laws—you
can too! Learn how to help animals who are being mistreated.
• Our animal companions are part of our family. Sometimes there are life-support decisions that need to make for them. It's really hard to lose an integral member of a household daily life. We hope our information about death and dying will help you through the process.
• We know we can’t go it alone—join us!
You’ve Got Concerns...we’ve got responses!
• Discover creative strategies for dealing with lost/found pets.
• What to do if you find yourself in the position of having
to re-home your companion
animal (i.e., place your pet in a new home).
to borrow a kitty haven temporarily? Just ask.
help dealing with the death of your pet?
• Get some ideas about living with wildlife or helping wild creatures.
• Surf our Resources page.
• Our e-mail address
is your communication link with us. Send a message and well
get back to you. Remember that we are a group of volunteers.
How You Can Help
• Adopt an animal!
a member (see below) and get actively involved.
• Donate your time, skills, money...
a feral cat colony feeder.
us with something on our Wish
animals need you. We do, too!
may become a member anytime upon the payment of dues. Annual
dues are $30 per individual member or $35 per family membership.
Membership renewal is in October and reminders are sent
our Membership Form. We gather on the second Monday of the month for a
7 pm meeting (6 to 6:30 to eat), at various local restaurants.
of us arrives about a half-hour early to meet and help orient
people who are new to the group. Come to our next meeting.
The Membership Form is a PDF file.
If you don’t already have Adobe’s Acrobat
download it for free.
Thanks to the Coralville Animal Clinic!
Coralville Animal Clinic (and a few other
local veterinary clinics) were key to the success of the JCHS fostercare and adoption program. From 1992-2015, when Dr. Cowles retired and sold the Clinic, he and his Clinic staff cheerfully provided
free room and board for JCHS animals waiting for space
to open up in a foster home.
Over the years, the number of animals-in-residence at the Clinic has ranged from one to seven at any given time. In addition to wall space in the waiting room for photos of JCHS animals available for adoption, the Clinic also provided a substantial discount on veterinary care, food, and supplies to JCHS animals in foster care.
The sale of the Clinic in 2015 pretty much ended our Fostercare and Adoption programs because we no longer had a place for rescued animals to stay and receive any medical treatment necessary before they went to a foster home.
Cowles, DVM (Coralville Animal Clinic), along with Paul Cooper,
DVM (University of Iowa Veterinarian emeritus) worked on our behalf with
Iowa’s Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, as
foster home inspectors.
time and talents made it possible to convert our "illegal" fostercare activities
to a state-licensed program. Our pilot
program with the Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
resulted in a provision in the Iowa Administrative Code to legalize in-home foster
care of companion animals.
Don’t hesitate to e-mail us comments about our site.
you borrow written information from us, please include a reference (Courtesy of Johnson County Humane Society 2018)
and a link.
Photos not already referenced are the property of the Johnson County Humane Society. You are welcome to use them, but please include a reference (© 2018 Janet Ashman, Johnson County Humane Society)
and a link.
Information in this website is not intended as veterinary or legal advice.
content of this site pretty
much does represent the opinions of members of the Johnson County
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