Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center

3910 Napoleon Lane
Iowa City, IA 52240

Our Mission

The Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center provides residents of Iowa City, Coralville, University Heights, the University of Iowa, and unincorporated Johnson County with a variety of animal-related services including:



Animal Adoptions: Caring for and finding aadoptive homes for relinquished, rescued, or stray animals.

Lost and Found Pets: Sharing information on lost and/or found pets and providing shelter until pets are reunited with their owners.

Licensing, Permits, and Dog Park Tags: Issuing licenses, tags, and/or permits for pets; urban chickens; use of the City's dog parks; businesses (pet stores, groomers, kennels, etc.); and special events involving animals.

Investigations, Complaints, and Emergencies: Stray animal pick-up; investigations of animal neglect and cruelty; barking dog complaints; disaster response; emergency housing for animals; reporting and investigation

Adoption Policy

Members of the public may visit the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center during open hours to choose an animal that is available for adoption.  All occupants in the residence must visit the animal to ensure a good match is made.  Once a specific animal has been decided upon, an application for adoption must be completed and submitted to Center staff.  If you are looking for a dog and already have one in your home, staff will ask that you bring your canine companion for an introduction with your chosen Center dog prior to the application being approved.


Generally application take at minimum 24 hours to process.  You will be asked to think about your adoption decision overnight and call back the following morning to advise us of your final decision.  Once the staff has approved your application to adopt, we will call you and set up an appointment to have you pick up your new animal.


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