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Mission and History

MHS History: Although we did not open our doors until 2015, the vision behind the Midlands Humane Society began back in 2006.  A group of dedicated animal lovers wanted to do better for the homeless, stray and unwanted pets in our community.  While the existing animal control offices, built in the 1970's, were doing all they could to provide safe housing for stray animals along with keeping our community safe from animals running at large, they didn't have the time or the resources to provide the services of a humane society.  After nearly a decade of planning, fundraising and finally construction, we are happy to be here to serve the needs of the people and pets of Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County, Iowa...and beyond!  Our ability to reach far greater numbers of people for adoptions and returns to owners has increased exponentially thanks to the support or our amazing community!

Our Mission

To protect and nurture companion animals and enrich the lives of people who love them.

Our Vision

We visualize a better community through loving relationships between people and pets.

Our Service Enterprise Vision

Midlands Humane Society will seek, empower and value our volunteer team while collaborating to provide life-saving initiatives and community engagement to impact the animals and people we serve.

Our Core Values

  • Compassion, Quality Care & Respect for Animals & People
  • Exceptional Customer Experience
  • Advocacy, Education & Support
  • Collaboration & Partnership
  • Appreciation for Staff, Volunteers & Supporters
  • Healthy Work Environment
  • Sound Stewardship

Our Tagline

"Helping tails find happy endings!"

Our Purpose

  • Rescue
  • Shelter
  • Rehabilitate
  • Adoption
  • Spay & Neuter
  • Prevent cruelty
  • Promote responsible pet ownership
  • Celebrate the human-animal bond
  • Engage community involvement

Our Programs & Services

As the first humane society in Council Bluffs we strive to provide Council Bluffs and the surrounding community with a comprehensive animal welfare center offering a safe and comfortable environment for the animals. This will include excellent standards of care, proactive adoption services that match pets with adopters, plus a diverse array of volunteer opportunities, community outreach and public education programs, both at our animal shelter and off-site.

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