To keep our community safe and healthy, we are proceeding with all adoptions, intake and other services by appointment only. This is to preserve social distancing and the health and welfare of all who use our shelter, as well as to continue to be a resource to our community.

Until further notice, DHA has transitioned to “virtual” operations. Adoptions and animal intake will have appointments scheduled, only after the appropriate online forms have been submitted and we have contacted you. We want to assure you that we will continue to provide critical services to our community, but will be putting in place essential practices that will preserve social distancing.

We cannot accommodate walk-up adoption or intake inquires at this time. We will continue to keep you updated. Stay safe and well!

For those with appointments or picking up pet food: When you arrive at our Wilmington location (701 A Street) our front gate will be closed. There is a small 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!


Looking to adopt? Please view available cats and dogs online. If you are interested in adopting a specific pet, you must submit an application. Applications are reviewed and proceeded with on a first come, first responding match basis. We can make arrangements for visitation and adoption once we’ve virtually chatted about the pet.

  • 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 foster applicants when we have a need! Any pets who still needs foster or needs new placement will be listed here: Dogs Needing Foster or Cats Needing Foster. Again, we will only contact you if our needs match your availability and selections to 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. Until further notice, we encourage you to donate via our Amazon Wishlist or make monetary donations online instead of bringing items to the shelter to maintain social distancing. Our Wilmington location is accepting select donations of supplies on a case-by-case basis. Please call ahead at (302) 571-0111 or email to inquire prior to bringing items by. Our Rehoboth location is not accepting donations at this time due to renovations.

Pet Food Pantry

Our Pet Food Pantries are completely donation-based and supplies are limited. Our Wilmington location has general availability to supply pet food  Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 4pm. Please note our Rehoboth location is not currently able to supply pet food and our delivery service is temporarily on hold until further notice. If you are unable to pick up at our Wilmington location, we are able to mail coupons while supplies last. To get on this list, please fill out our Pet Food Request Form. We are also providing various drive-up pet food pantries to those who are in need. (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?

  1. 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.
  2. Stock up on food, medicines, and supplies.
  3. Update expired vaccines in case you need to board your pet.
  4. Write down feeding, medicine, and care instructions. Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions. Also, list your veterinarian’s contact information.
  5. Make sure your pet has identification (collar with ID tag and microchip).

Virtual Ways to Stay Connected with Us

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