Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter

The Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter (SMAS) is a small animal shelter located in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Built in 1991, the original facility's sole purpose was to serve as a "pound" for stray animals in Mahaska County. As with most animal impound facilities, animals that were not adopted or claimed after 7 days were euthanized. Since then, the SMAS has evolved beyond the old "pound" ideology.​OUR MISSION: The mission of the Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter is to serve as a community resource for pets and people, dedicated to enhancing the welfare of all companion animals In 2011, the SMAS stopped euthanizing animals for space and started looking for alternatives to euthanasia. Through partnerships with other shelters and breed rescues, as well as programs aimed at increasing the adoption rate of the animals in their care, the SMAS went from a dismal live release rate of 40% (meaning 40% of the animals taken in leave the shelter alive) to a live release rate of 93%. In may of 2014, we celebrated our first month of a 100% live release rate, a milestone we are very proud of. The SMAS is NOT a no-kill shelter, yet we are still able to maintain a euthanasia rate of less than 8%. In addition to taking in and re-homing stray, abandoned, abused, and otherwise homeless animals, the SMAS, in partnership with the Mahaska Humane Society, has developed programs aimed to educate the community and promoting responsible pet ownership. Some of these programs include visits to the elementary school to teach dog bite prevention, bringing dogs to the local university during finals week as stress relief for students, visiting nursing home and retirement facilities for "pet therapy", and helping low-income residents of Mahaska County get their pet spayed/neutered through our "Spay the County" program.

Oskaloosa, IA,52577
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Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: (641) 673-3991



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Age : 7 MonthsYoungMaleX-LargeWhite with Black



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Adoption Process
Once you've done your homework and decided that you and your family are ready for adoption, the next step is to begin the search for that perfect furry pal to adopt. We post all of our adoptable pets on our website on a daily basis for you to check. You can also stop by the SMAS during business hours to view all of our adoptable pets and spend some one-on-one time with them. After you've decided which pet you are interested in adopting, the next step is to complete an adoption application. All adopters must complete an application and be approved for adoption before taking their new friend home. Completion of an adoption application does not guarantee that you will be able to adopt the specific pet you applied for, nor are you obligated to adopt by completing an adoption application. In the event that an animal has multiple adoption applications submitted, the decision on which applicant will be able to adopt the animal will be left to the staff based on the best interest of the animal. We typically have the application processed within 24 hours of submission. Applicants can expect a phone call regarding the status of their application the day after they submit it. If you have not received a phone call within a 2 or more days, please call us.

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