DELAWARE HUMANE ASSOCIATION: COVID-19
APRIL 19, 2021 UPDATE – We are thrilled to be officially offering select public visitation days and updated appointment hours! 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 and new 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, temperature checks, social distancing, and limiting the number of people in our building.
NEW HOURS (beginning 4/20/2021):
Appointment Only: Monday – Thursday 11am – 5:30pm
Visitation to Adopt: 12 – 5pm
*Please note: Adoptions end 30min before close.
DHA will continue encouraging online adoption questionnaires, but will also be accepting in-person submissions on designated 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.
Appointment Only Days: When you arrive at our Wilmington location (701 A Street) our front gate will be closed. There is a black call box by the driver’s side window where you can press the button and tell our staff you have an appointment or are in need of pet food. 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!
Visitation Days: When you arrive at our Wilmington location (701 A Street) our front gate will be OPEN! There is a black call box at our front door where you can press the button and tell our staff you are here to visit or are in need of pet food. 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 application. Applications are reviewed and proceeded with on a first come, first responding match basis. We will either contact you to make an appointment Monday – Thursday between the hours of 11am – 5:30pm, or you are welcome to visit Friday – Sunday 12 – 5pm. For our full adoption process, please visit delawarehumane.org/how-to-adopt.
- If you are looking for a particular age, size, breed, look, personality, etc you are welcome to submit your application through our Find a Friend Program. Please note we will only contact you if/when we have a possible match to offer.
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).
Click for details and directions.
There are no upcoming events at this time.
What can you do as a pet owner to prepare?
- 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).
Download DHA Virtual Backgrounds
Click the buttons below to download image packs or videos.