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COVID-19 Safety Update 2/16/21

Dec 13, 2020


Dear friends of Cedar Bend Humane Society,

Thank you for your patience and support during this challenging time. All of the staff at Cedar Bend Humane Society is working diligently to implement new protocols and measures to ensure that we can continue giving the homeless animals in our community the care they deserve. Our focus will be to continue to provide our animals with top-notch care while prioritizing the health and safety of our staff and the community.

Here are updated changes that we have made to our programs and services offered: UPDATED 2/16/2021

>>> Cedar Bend Humane Society has resumed all services with further safety precautions in place. We ask that the only visitors at this time be those using our shelter services or those adopting with an approved application and appointment. Donations can be left safely inside our entry-way of the Adoption Building. Thank you for your continued understanding and support! 

We would not exist without the continued support of our amazing community. We appreciate each and every person who takes the time to share our stories, gives even a single dollar to help fund our mission, selflessly gives any time or effort to assist us in the work we do, and opens their hearts and homes to rescue animals in need. CBHS is grateful to be a part of the Cedar Valley, and we hope to restore our services back to the community as soon as it is safe to do so.

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. | adoptioncounselor@yahoo.com | 319.232.6887

Please follow the direction of our adoption counselors at the time of adoption. CBHS is determined to place animals into loving homes while continuing our emphasis on safety. Adoptions will be conducted as safely as possible with minimal human contact. No-contact cat adoptions are offered with a discounted adoption fee. Thank you for your patience and understanding! 

The CBHS Adoption Building is open to potential adopters BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. No walk-ins are allowed. Interested adopters are encouraged to submit an application prior to making an appointment.

It can take up to 24 hours to hear back regarding your submitted application. CBHS adoptions are closed on Monday. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

We look forward to introducing you to your next best friend soon! 

Please complete an adoption form. Once it has been reviewed, a Cedar Bend Humane Society adoption counselor will contact you to set up an appointment. Appointments to meet the adoptable animals can be made without an application. However, without an approved application, it is not guaranteed that you will be able to complete your adoption within the designated appointment time.

Please follow the direction of our adoption counselors for in-person adoptions! 

No-Contact Cat & Small Animal Adoptions:

  •      1) Select which adorable and adoptable cat you would like to add to your family.

  •      2) Not sure which cat is best for your family? Message us on Snapchat (Cbhumanesociety) or Facebook for a personal video or video call! 

  •      3) Submit an adoption application. Once it is reviewed, an adoption counselor will contact you.

  •      4) All required paperwork and payment are handled over the phone and email.

  •      5) Once the adoption process is complete, you can pick up your new family member at your designated pickup time from the Adoption Building's sanitized vestibule in a cardboard carrier that must be purchased for $5.

  •      6) Enjoy your new feline family member! Please contact the adoption department at adoptioncounselor@yahoo.com with any questions or concerns. Thank you for adopting!

Please consider opening your heart and home to a shelter pet in need.

Helpful links:
Adoption Form
Browse adoptable pets

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | 319.232.6887

>>> All CBHS intake services have resumed except nail trims and access to our groom room. 

Please call or use the doorbell at arrival. The designated area will be sanitized, in-between visitors. Our intake lobby will be limited to one visitor at a time. Those that arrive at CBHS Intake without an appointment are asked to ring the doorbell for assistance and follow the instruction of the Intake Coordinator which may include waiting in your vehicle until it is your turn. 

PAWS Pantry recipients can pick up their cat or dog food safely outside of the intake doors. 


City of Waterloo and Cedar Falls Animal Control Services can be reached at 319-883-0797 between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and after 4:00 p.m. for emergencies only. 

Please call CBHS at 319-232-6887 and leave a voicemail if you need to check if your lost pet is at our facility. Phone messages will be checked throughout the day.


All low-cost / low-income clinics have been postponed. Please watch our website and social media for an announcement of new dates and future clinics. 


All group volunteering has been temporarily halted.

Fundraisers, partnerships, and other events that can take place digitally or with take-out/delivery are encouraged! Please contact Skyler at CBHSOutreach@gmail.com if you have an idea for a partnership.

>>> We welcome all businesses and individuals in the Cedar Valley to get involved and assist us in being able to continue saving the lives of the homeless animals in our community!

We look forward to connecting with all of our supporters virtually through our social media outlets and website! 



For the safety of the staff, volunteers, public, and all of the animals in our care, we have made the decision to close our volunteer program. This will be reassessed after the new year.

Due to a large amount of interest and inability to safely social distance during training, Cedar Bend Humane Society has made the decision to postpone our new volunteer orientation and yearly training until at least April 1st, 2021. 

Individuals interested in joining the volunteer program are encouraged to submit an application to receive email notifications when the training dates have been rescheduled.

Volunteers can participate remotely in future adoption promotions and fundraisers. Please watch your email for updates and the volunteer calendar for sign-ups!  


Donations are still desperately needed! Our online wish list and Amazon wish list has been updated with current high priority items. Donations can be left safely inside our entry-way of the adoption building during normal business hours.

>>> Financial donations for vaccinations, flea and tick prevention, deworming medicine, and medical care for any sick or injured pet that comes into the shelter is the top priority!

If you require a donation receipt at this time, please email CedarBendMarketing@gmail.com to have one sent electronically.   


>>> An alternate dropoff location is at Metro Area Redemption in Cedar Falls to assist us in keeping up with sorting the donations.

We are incredibly thankful to receive can & bottle donations. Thousands of dollars are raised each year that goes directly towards the care of the thousands of animals that need our help.

...But sorting the donations can be a sticky problem. We appreciate your thoughtfulness in making sure the process goes as smoothly as possible!
We are asking to please follow these guidelines when dropping off can & bottle donations:

🐾 Separate by type, if possible
🐾 Remove any trash, food, or miscellaneous items
🐾 Include only recyclable containers (no water bottles!)
🐾 Set glass containers on the ground in front of the fence cage


>>> Now open and taking reservations! Call 319-233-0159 to make a reservation today!

🐾 One visitor in the building at a time.
🐾 Please do not bring your own dog bed or bedding.
🐾 Use the hand sanitizer provided.

We're Here to Help

It is our top priority to make sure we are able to continue to care for all of the needy animals in our community, and that care extends to our pet-owning families. 

>>> If you find yourself in an emergency situation with your pet or are experiencing financial hardships and struggling to afford pet food, please contact CBHS at 319-232-6887 to see if we can be of any assistance.

From all of us at Cedar Bend Humane Society, we hope that you and your family are staying safe during this difficult time. Please watch our social media outlets and website for future updates. We appreciate your patience and support. We could not do this without you. 


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1166 West Airline Highway 
Waterloo, IA 50703-9634


Adoption Center Hours
Open Tues. - Sun., 10am - 5pm
Closed on Mondays
Closed 12pm - 1pm

The CBHS Adoption Building is open to potential adopters BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
No walk-ins are allowed. Interested adopters are encouraged to submit an application prior to making an appointment. 


Intake Center Hours
Open daily, 9am - 5pm 
Closed 12pm - 1pm


Animal Control 
Open daily, 8am - 4pm