To keep our community safe and healthy, we have made the decision to immediately move all 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.


Due to an incredible response from our community, we believe we have enough inquiries from potential foster parents for the remaining animals in our care. We appreciate everyone’s involvement in helping to make a difference for DHA’s cats and dogs!

We recognize that this situation is developing. If we have a need for additional foster parents, we will update the information on this page.

Delaware Humane Association Operations

Effective immediately, DHA will transition to “virtual” operations. Adoptions and animal intake will be by appointment only. We will function more like a foster-based rescue in that most of our activities will occur by phone or email. 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. If you are interested in adopting a pet please visit view available cats and dogs online, then reach out to us at info@delawarehumane.org so that we can make arrangements for visitation and adoption. If you are interested in surrendering a pet, please contact us at info@delawarehumane.org so that you may set up an appointment.

Supplies & Donations

We appreciate the generosity of the community and rely on your donations to help us care for the animals. For the next month, we encourage you to donate via our Amazon Wishlist or make cash donations at DelawareHumane.org/donate instead of bringing items to the shelter to maintain social distancing.

Upcoming Events

  • To facilitate social distancing, we are canceling or postponing the following events:
  • Designer Bag Bingo on April 3: Postponed
  • One Health Clinic on April 4: Canceled 
  • Wilmington Vaccination Clinic on April 11: Canceled

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).

We will continue to keep you updated. Stay safe and well!

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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