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Adopting A Friend

As Delaware's premier animal care and adoption center, we specialize in helping people find the right pet for their family. If you're looking to add a new family member, please stop by and visit the many cats and dogs available for adoption. Our staff and volunteers will be glad to assist you! DHA is located on the Christina River in downtown Wilmington, Delaware. Out of state adopters are welcome!

Visit delawarehumane.org/adoptions for complete information about our adoption process and fees, and to download a pre-adoption application

Who We Are

Founded in 1957, Delaware Humane Association (DHA) is Delaware’s premiere nonprofit no kill animal care and adoption center, serving a four state area. We are committed to providing for the needs of homeless and owned dogs and cats in our community.

Each year, hundreds of animals come to DHA in search of a warm bed, good meal, and most importantly, a new home. Our dedicated staff and volunteers work hard to ensure that each animal receives the best care possible during his/her stay at our adoption shelter. We're committed to preparing all adoptable dogs and cats for a new home by keeping them well-groomed, giving them daily exercise and affection, and providing obedience training and any necessary medical care.

DHA serves the community by offering low-cost vaccination clinics, educational workshops, and affordable spay/neuter services. We receive no government funding, and rely on the support of the community in the form of volunteers, private donations, bequests, fundraising events, and our popular Guardian Angel Program.


We make "friends for life" by connecting people with animals, and by building strong relationships to better serve our community.


We envision a day when every animal is loved, has a home, and has a "friend for life."


At DHA, we make "friends for life" by:

  • Matching the right people with the right animals
  • Offering a friendly, welcoming environment
  • Empowering others to care for animals
  • Being kind, caring and compassionate

Please visit our website at delawarehumane.org for complete information about our programs, services, and events.

Come Visit Us

Delaware Humane Association
701 A Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 571-0111

Hours of Operation:

Mondays: Closed
Tuesday - Friday: 12 pm - 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm

Contact Delaware Humane Association


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