About Us

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Our History

The Humane Society of Polk County, Inc was founded as a 501(c)(3) in January 1982 by passionate animal advocates, Mary Solberg and Valerie Hulst, with a desire to help the animals in their community. Over the past 40 years the Society, with the help of numerous volunteers and donors, has worked hard to help the animals that have come into our care by finding owners of lost pets and finding loving homes for pets in need of rehoming.

In April of 2022, we assumed the name Scruffy Tails Humane Society in recognition of the strides we have taken to grow and develop a friendly, inviting organization for pets and community members.

Who We Are

The Humane Society of Polk County, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization doing business as Scruffy Tails Humane Society. We are supported entirely by generous donors and contributors. We are a no-kill organization meaning we will not euthanize due to lack of space, time, or funding. Our mission is to aid in the reunification and rehoming of cats and dogs, to support the human-animal bond through community education, and to provide safe shelter when needed. Our vision is to lead and inspire a community dedicated to saving the lives of pets and supporting the humans who love them.

To learn more about what it means to be a no-kill organization, please read this article by Best Friends.

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