Our vision is to continually operate for Council Bluffs and the surrounding community a comprehensive animal welfare center offering:
- A safe and comfortable environment for the animals
- High standards of care - both physical and emotional
- Proactive adoption services that match pets with adopters
- A diverse array of volunteer opportunities
- Community outreach and public education programs
In January 2006, a group of concerned citizens came together to address the growing and unmet animal welfare needs in the Council Bluffs area. Inadequate local animal shelter facilities, city population increases, and a lack of public education had resulted in animal overpopulation and its associated problems. It was unanimously agreed upon that the City’s animal control function alone could not adequately fulfill the needs of these displaced animals.
In partnership with the City of Council Bluffs, Midlands Humane Society (MHS) invested two years of planning, organizing and research into this vision. A feasibility study concluded that a humane society was a viable and much needed component of the community. Following that, a business plan was developed and MHS (a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization) was formed and the capital campaign ensued.
MHS achieved their $3.2 million goal and the new facility opened January 2, 2015. In addition to contributing $1.5 million toward the capital campaign, the City of Council Bluffs has provided a seven-acre parcel of land at the junction of College Road and Railroad Avenue for the facility and an adjacent dog park.
Board of Directors
Chair: Alex Gum
Bryan Broekemier, Martin Brooks, Patricia Fahey, Michelle Hill, Michelle Meisinger, Michelle Miller, Melanie Milner, Cheryl Morris, Edwin Kemp and Jill Sideris