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marioncountyhumane.org

About Us

Our services

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 leg ownership and the importance of spaying and neutering their pets.

Our Hours

Our hours:

Monday - Closed

Tuesday - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday - Closed

Thursday - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Friday - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sunday - Closed

**You can also call us to set up an appointment if you want to adopt after hours**

June 8

MCHS Garage Sale

8am - 1pm

Knoxville Skate Pit

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June 8

MCHS Garage Sale

Our garage sale is scheduled for June 8 at the Skate Pit.  We will be accepting donations at the Knoxville Skate Pit June 2 from 1 - 3 and June 4 and June 6 from 4 - 7.  The sale will be June 8 from 8 - 1.  Please bring us your donations!  We cannot accept clothing or electronics.  Thank you!!

8am - 1pm

Knoxville Skate Pit

June 1

Run for the Dogs 5K

8am - 11am

Knoxville

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June 1

Run for the Dogs 5K

We had a great turnout today for our second annual Run for the Dogs 5K! A huge thank you goes out to everyone who attended and helped with this event. 

The weather was beautiful aside from just a few sprinkles, the breakfast was on point, and nearly all of the adoptable dogs got a chance to stretch their legs and go for a run today! 🐕

A huge shoutout goes to all of our generous sponsors that helped make this event possible:

Anytime Fitness Knoxville
McKay Group
Hy-Vee
Hy-Vee
Pella Pets Veterinary Clinic
Knoxville Veterinary Clinic
Top Shelf Nutrition
State Farm of Knoxville
Edward D. Jones of Knoxville
Zyia By Devin
EveryStep of Knoxville
Salon 114 of Knoxville
Ramaeker Screen Printing
Wells Fargo of Knoxville.

8am - 11am

Knoxville

June 28

Paint Your Pet

6:30pm - 9:30pm

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum

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June 28

Paint Your Pet

Eat, drink, and paint your pet for a great cause! The event 6:30-9:30 at Sprint Car Hall of Fame: One Sprint Capital Place, 1000 North Lincoln Street, Knoxville, IA 50138-Please email a photo of your pet to info@elarteuncorked.com by June 24th to have it sketched on the canvas. $40 per person. Light refreshments provided. Half of all proceeds go directly to Marion County Humane Society! 

6:30pm - 9:30pm

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum

About Us

How We're Helping

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The Marion County Humane Society is an animal shelter located in Knoxville that serves the entire Marion County area. The purpose of the MCHS is to give shelter to stray, lost or abandoned dogs and cats until either their owners are found or they are adopted to new homes. Since being founded in 1986 the MCHS has always required their adoptees to be altered to help the pet overpopulation. Part of the goal of the MCHS is to educate the public on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. We have seen a huge decline in the numbers of unwanted puppies and kittens in the area. community-building events, and in-depth training sessions for our volunteers.

Get Involved

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Are you passionate helping animals? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!

Thank You

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Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. Thank you  from Marion County Humane Society!!

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Donate Now

$20.00
Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Your generous gift will help us fund our mission to help those in need. Together, we can make a difference.

More Helpful Information

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Animal Reclaims

If  you and your pet have been separated, we will give them food, water, shelter, and love and do our best to reunite you.  The Humane Society charges $25.00 for the first day and $10 for each additional day.  If you have not reclaimed your pet within 7 days, however, the animal becomes ours and we will find a loving home to adopt him or her.

There may be charges from your local police department to pet owners.

If you find a stray animal, please call your local non-emergency police dispatch phone number and they will advise you on their process.

City of Knoxville Fine Policy for Animals at Large

Beginning February 1, 2019, there will be a change in payment of fines from the city for animals at large.  Please note, these fines are not new, only the manner of collection has changed in order to reclaim your animal.  The fines for any animal that has been picked up by the Knoxville Police Department are $50.00 for the first offense and $100.00 for the second offense and further offenses.  In addition, Marion County Humane Society charges $25.00 for the first day of impound and $10.00 for each additional day.  You have 7 days to reclaim your animal or it becomes the property of MCHS and will be put up for adoption. 

In order to reclaim your animal after February 1, city fines will need to be paid before your animal can be reclaimed, including unpaid fines for the past 2 years.   Fines can either be paid at the Knoxville Police Department or they can be paid at Marion County Humane Society.  If payment arrangements need to be made, you will need to contact the Police Department.  Marion County Humane Society has no authority to arrange payments. 

Collecting fines in this manner will save tax payers money.  Knoxville Police Department pays a fee for every animal taken to the shelter.  Knoxville Police Department then cites the animal’s owner in order to recoup the cost.  If fines are not paid on reclaimed animals, the City of Knoxville has to cover the cost without reimbursement from the animal’s owner. 

Thank you for understanding. 

When does a stray cat become yours?

The policy for the City of Knoxville is that a stray cat belongs to you if you give it food and water for 1 day.  Please call the non-emergency dispatch number to pick up the cat and bring it to MCHS rather than feeding it.  Thank you!

real testimonials

I adopted a kitten, the most beautiful kitten I've ever seen. as I got there they were just getting ready to leave, they stayed and let me adopt Frosty. This was probably one of the best things I've done for myself. She loves me so much and she is so therapeutic for me.

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I used to volunteer here in high school before I graduated out of Melcher-Dallas. every time I go there they're always super nice, sometimes it takes a minute or two for them to talk to you because they're a little bit busy but all in all an amazing experience and I recommend if you'd like to get a pet you should go here! If you just have a little bit of free time and you just don't want to sit at home and watch TV go volunteer over there walk the dogs it's honestly amazing!


Thank you so much for helping us bring Beau home! We didn't even know we needed a dog until we saw a picture of him on Facebook. It has been more than 20 years since we've had a dog of our own but we needed Beau. Leslie made arrangements to meet him on Thanksgiving day and it was a done deal. If a picture is worth a thousand words then meeting him was worth even more. Beau is home with us now, he makes us smile every day and nobody has any regrets! Thank you so much Marion County Humane Society!!!💕💕💕


I am so appreciative to everyone who helped find my Mollie! I am sending you all the most love♡♡ thank you so so much!!


Dogs and cats here are so sweet as well as all of the amazing helpers! Would definitely recommend to find some amazing pets who need loving homes!


I adopted Twinkle Toes (now Twink) on January 31st and she's seriously the best cat! She's such a love bug! I love her and she gets along just fine with my other cat. Thank you for leading me to her!



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