Palo Alto County Animal Shelter

Find Palo Alto County Iowa animal shelters, puppy dog and cat shelters, pet adoption centers, dog pounds, and humane societies. Animal shelters provide information on adopting dogs, cats, and pets, animal care and rescue, and animal control.


Emmetsburg Animal Shelter PO Box 417 Emmetsburg IA 50536 712-852-2550


About Palo Alto County Animal Shelters

Animal Shelters in Palo Alto County, IA are responsible for providing temporary care, housing and adoption services for unwanted, owner-relinquished, and lost pets including cats and dogs. Shelters provide a variety of services that promote the humane treatment of animals in Palo Alto County.

Interested parties may contact Animal Shelters for questions about:
  • Lost dogs and cats in Palo Alto County, Iowa
  • Fostering dogs and cats
  • Palo Alto County pet adoption fees
  • Spaying and neutering pets
  • Iowa animal control and welfare
Finding Lost Cats & Dogs

If you have lost your pet cat or dog in or near Palo Alto County, Iowa then you should contact the Palo Alto County Animal Shelter. Your missing pet may have been located and taken to the shelter. Even if your dog or cat has not been recovered by the shelter, you may be able to file a report so that if the shelter finds your pet they will be able to contact you for recovery. Pets available for adoption through the Palo Alto County Animal Shelter may be held for a set period of time in order to give owners an opportunity to claim and retrieve their lost pets so it is best to contact the Palo Alto County shelter directly regarding policies.

Palo Alto County Cat & Dog Adoptions

Promoting the adoption of pet cats and dogs is a key component of the Palo Alto County Shelter operations, however, the shelter may only take in either dogs or cats, so it is best to contact the shelter prior to visiting. The local animal shelter may offer educational programs on pet ownership, spay and neuter services, and preventive health services such as vaccinations in order to support its efforts to find permanent homes for lost pets. Palo Alto County Animal Shelters may charge fees for adoption and other services so it is best to contact them directly regarding policies.

Palo Alto County Animal Control

Palo Alto County Animal Shelters may also be operated as part of the county or local government animal control agency. Palo Alto County Animal Control Departments also undertake a range of activities related to animal control enforcement, including impounding stray animals, investigating animal cruelty, enforcing licensing laws, ensuring animal welfare, and rescuing trapped animals. Animals housed by animal control agencies are usually made available for adoption unless they are determined to be too aggressive, injured, or sick.