Soup Supper Results
Our Soup Supper and Bake Sale held on Saturday February 23, 2013 was a great success. Nearly $1000 was raised for the planned animal shelter. We had many volunteers, too numerous to mention but want to thank all of them and all the people who participated in the event. It was a great effort put forth by the dedicated AWF volunteers from both Linn and Jones County who share the dream of an animal shelter in Jones County.
AWF Purchases Land
In the December 2012 edition of the Fetch Newsletter it was announced that AWF purchased land. Yes you got that right; AWF owns land in Jones County for a future animal shelter!! It is located on the west side of Highway 151 at the north end of Monticello where Highway 151 and Business 151 intersect. It consists of 8.68 acres and has great potential for many uses. AWF will be holding a meeting for the public to roll out the good news and discuss the future of AWF and the Animal Shelter in Jones County during the month of January. At this meeting, we will also introduce you to AWF’s board members and let you get to know them. This has been news in the making for the last nine years. What a wonderful way for AWF to celebrate its tenth anniversary with the opening of an animal shelter in Jones County in 2013. What a Merry Christmas it will be this year and many years to come!
Cat Adoption Center Open for Business
The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) and SAINT (Saving Animals In Need Today) Rescue who specializes in cat rescue and adoption, have joined together to provide sheltering, vet care and adoption opportunities for homeless cats in Jones County. The new Cat Adoption Center, located at 118 S. Elm Street in Anamosa, houses 12-24 cats who are neutered or spayed (as age appropriate), vaccinated (as required by the State of Iowa) and ready to be adopted. Best of all, the available cats are free roaming in the facility not caged like other facilities.
“Unfortunately, there is always a waiting list for cats in need," says Kelly Day, AWF President, "the Cat Adoption Center is definitely going to facilitate finding homes for Jones County's homeless cat population. Having a place where families can visit with a variety of cats and kittens will provide greater opportunities for finding the one that best fits their home and lifestyle while allowing both AWF and SAINTs to help more animals."
Thanks to the many volunteers who perform daily duties of feeding, watering and scooping litter boxes along with other cleaning needed. Other volunteers help out during our open hours on the weekend. The many, many hands involved certainly make light work of this big project. Contact Denise Koppenhaver at (319) 462-4482 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping out at the Cat Adoption Center. The more hands, the better!
Adoption hours are Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from Noon to 5:00 pm or by special appointment.
For the second year in a row, Animal Welfare Foundation of Iowa has received funding from The Miccio Foundation in Iowa City. The competition for funding is tremendous, so it is truly an honor when AWF is awarded private dollars for its efforts. Miccio awarded AWF $1,500 for the spay/neuter of pets for low income families and $1,000 towards its “Got Compassion?” program to educate students in Jones County, Iowa, about animal cruelty and its prevention.