DELAWARE HUMANE ASSOCIATION: COVID-19
MAY 24, 2021 UPDATE – In response to Governor Carney’s announcement last week, beginning today, Monday, May 24th, DHA is moving to a new weekly schedule with open visitation to the public.
Please note: We appreciate folks wanting to spend time with our animals, however to save as many lives as possible, we are only allowing those seriously considering adoption that day. We encourage you to submit an online questionnaire in advance to meet an animal.
We are very much open for business and continuing to proceed with adoptions with newly opened public visitation days. Intake and spay/neuter will continue by appointment only. We will still be following safety protocols to keep you, our community safe, such as requiring face masks inside our facilities and while we will operate at normal visitor capacity, we will be mindful of social distancing.
NEW HOURS (beginning 5/24/2021):
Tuesday – Sunday: OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR VISITATION 12 – 5pm*
*Please submit an online questionnaire in advance before meeting with an animal. Adoptions end 30min before close.
DHA will continue encouraging online adoption questionnaires, but will also be accepting in-person submissions on visitation days prior to visiting animals. Animals are expected to be taken home same-day if a match is made.
Animal intake will have appointments scheduled, only after the appropriate online forms have been submitted and we have contacted you. We cannot accommodate walk-up intake inquires.
Visitation Days: When you arrive at our Wilmington location (701 A Street) and Rehoboth Beach location (18675 Coastal Highway) our front gate and front doors will be OPEN from 12 – 5 PM.
Spay/Neuter Days: Public spay/neuter will still operate by appointment only. Upon arrival at DHA for surgery day, there is a black call box at our front door where you can press the button and tell our staff you are here for your appointment. We will open the gate and you will pull into one of our numbered front parking spots. Please remain in your vehicle and call the number on the sign in front of you. From there, one of our staff members will answer and can assist from there!
Looking to adopt? Please view available cats and dogs online. If you are interested in adopting, you must submit an online questionnaire. Adoption Questionnaires submitted online are reviewed within 48hrs or immediately upon submission in-person. Our goal is to ensure that both the animal and the adopter are the best match for each other. Our adoption process is on a first come, best match basis and we are not able to hold animals. For our full adoption process, please visit delawarehumane.org/how-to-adopt.
- If we do not have a match for you at this time and you are looking for a particular age, size, breed, look, personality, etc, you are welcome to submit your questionnaire and we can add you to our Find a Friend Program. When we have a possible match come in, we can notify you when that animal is immediately available.
Intake is limited at this time, however if you find yourself in a position where you need to surrender a pet, please submit our Animal Intake Request Form below so we can gather more information, consider scheduling an assessment appointment, or provide further assistance.
Thank you so much for considering being a foster parent for DHA! Due to specific needs and limited supplies/availability, we will ONLY contact you if our needs match your availability and selections to foster! Any pets who still needs foster or needs new placement will be listed here: Dogs Needing Foster or Cats Needing Foster. Please also note we are continually responding to other fosters and potential adopters and any animal’s status could change at any time. Thank you!
Supplies & Donations
We appreciate the generosity of the community and rely on your donations to help us care for the animals. We encourage you to donate via our Amazon Wishlist or make monetary donations online. However, if you’d like to bring select items for the animals, our most needed items are wet cat food, soft dog treats, and plush/fleece blankets (no pillows please!). For more items on our Wish List, please visit delawarehumane.org/wishlist.
Pet Food Pantry
Our Pet Food Pantries are completely donation-based and supplies are limited. Beginning 4/20, our Wilmington location has general availability to supply pet food Monday – Sunday 12 – 5pm. Please note our Rehoboth location is not currently able to supply pet food and our delivery service is temporarily on hold until further notice. To inquire about pet food delivery updates, please fill out our Pet Food Request Form. We are also providing various drive-up pet food pantries to those who are in need, when we obtain sufficient supply (please be aware that you must be a Delaware resident).
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There are no upcoming events at this time.
What can you do as a pet owner to prepare?
As the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us, it’s always best to have a plan in place to care for our pets in cases of emergencies.
- Have a back-up plan in place for your pets. If you become sick or require hospitalization, you’ll need someone to take care of your animals. Plan now with friends or family members to provide pet care.
- Stock up on food, medicines, and supplies.
- Update expired vaccines in case you need to board your pet.
- Write down feeding, medicine, and care instructions. Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions. Also, list your veterinarian’s contact information.
- Make sure your pet has identification (collar with ID tag and microchip).
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