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Marion County Humane Society
1701 E. Pleasant St.
Knoxville, IA 50138

Phone: (641) 828-7387
About Us

The Marion County Humane Society was founded in November 1986 by a group of caring volunteers.  After an agreement was made with the city, we began operating out of a former city dog pound.  Throughout the years, we have returned numerous lost pets to their owners, taken in strays, abandoned and surrendered animals, and educated the public of the importance of spaying and neutering.  Our volunteers and staff have placed over 5,000 unwanted dogs and cats from Knoxville and the surrounding areas.

In October 2000, our volunteers made a decision to close the Marion County Humane Society because the facility had deteriorated beyond repair.  The doors of the new facility opened in June 2008, after raising over $230,000 in its support.

The Marion County Humane Society continues to provide outstanding care to its animals with a loving, temporary home.  We actively serve as animal advocates by providing appropriate services for animals in conditions of need, and as appropriate, for their companion humans.  We also support governing laws to protect animals in cooperation with the appropriate authorities.

Our mission is to humanely care for homeless pets, return them to their current owners, or adopt them to new loving homes. In addition we will educate the public about responsible pet ownership and the importance of spaying and neutering their pets.

Meet the Staff
The Marion County Humane Society depends on its small, dedicated staff to care for the hundreds of animals that come through our doors each year.  We also rely on many dedicated volunteers who help operate the shelter and care for the animals on a daily basis.  The Marion County Humane Society is governed by a volunteer board of directors.


  • Cindy Rasmussen, Manager
  • Shelby Kennedy, Asst. Manager

Kennel Technicians:

  • Sarah Dhein
  • Ashlee Dethrow
  • Makenna McDonald
  • Chloe Janesky
  • Beth Merrill
  • Savanna Showers

Volunteer Board of Directors:

  • Marnie Dethrow, President
  • Tami Montgomery, Vice President
  • Elsie Kemp, Treasurer
  • Shawna Greene,Secretary
  • Leslie Vander Linden
  • Linda Shinn

The Marion County Humane Society is a nonprofit organization dependent on individual and corporate contributions to care for its animals.

The Marion County Humane Society takes seriously the investments of its donors and supporters for the care of the animals.

Learn more about how to make a donation to the Marion County Humane Society today!


The Marion County Humane Society
1701 East Pleasant Street
PO Box 655
Knoxville, Iowa 50138
Phone:  641-828-7387

Operating hours are as follows(or by appointment):

Sunday         Closed
Monday        Closed
Tuesday       10 AM - 4 PM
Wednesday  Closed
Thursday      10 AM - 4 PM
Friday          10 AM - 4 PM
Saturday      10 AM - 2 PM