To keep our community safe and healthy, we have made the decision to move our animals into foster care and make adoptions available by appointment only. This is not a decision we’ve made lightly, but one we feel is necessary to preserve social distancing and the health and welfare of all who use our shelter. We want to continue to be a resource to our community during this time of need.

Until further notice, DHA will transition to “virtual” operations. Adoptions and animal intake will be by appointment only. 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 will continue to keep you updated. Stay safe and well!


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. At this time, we are not accepting walk-up inquiries.


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! We are potentially seeking fosters again in Wilmington and Rehoboth for both dogs and cats! Any dog who still needs foster or needs new placement will be listed here: Dogs Needing Foster. Any cat who still needs foster or needs new placement will be listed here: Cats Needing Foster. Please note that 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.

COVID-19 RELIEF: Pet Food Pantry

Our Pet Food Pantries at our Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach locations are open by appointment only. Please contact us at info@delawarehumane.org for Wilmington or apope@delawarehumane.org for Rehoboth to set up an appointment. We have a general availability to supply pet food at both locations Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 4pm. If you are in need of delivery due to the inability to pick up, please fill out our Pet Food Pantry Delivery Request Form. We are also providing various drive-up pet food pantries to those who are in need. (Please be aware that deliveries will only be made for those residing in the state of Delaware)

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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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Delaware Humane Association
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, all animals are temporarily placed in foster care. Adoptions and animal intake are available by appointment only.VIEW OUR FULL COVID-19 UPDATE HERE