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The Cedar Bend Humane Society is committed to reducing euthanasia. This goal reflects our mission statement to provide humane care for all animals under our protection.

We are an open admission shelter, which means we accept animals regardless of health, age, breed or temperament. We continually strive to end animal overpopulation and homelessness. We strive to do the greatest good, with limited resources, to help the largest number of animals. In balancing the welfare of animals in our care, with the safety of the community in mind, we realize not all animals are suitable for adoption.

The Cedar Bend Humane Society will use all possible resources and alternatives other than euthanasia when possible. However, if those alternatives are not available, difficult decisions need to be made. When the decision to end an animal’s life is made, we believe that compassionate euthanasia by injection is the most humane and dignified method.

We continue to set our sights on a future where all animals are in loving and caring homes. 


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Cedar Bend Humane Society

1166 West Airline Highway 
Waterloo, IA 50703-9634



Adoption Center Hours
Open daily: 12pm - 6pm

Intake Center Hours
Open daily: 9am - 5pm
Closed daily 12pm - 1pm for lunch

Waterloo Animal Control Hours

Open daily: 7am - 4pm



Cedar Falls Animal Control Phone