Preparing for a Shelter
One of the goals of the AWF Board is to visit other Animal Shelters in Iowa. Our intention for the visits is to learn how to better proceed with the building of the AWF Animal Rescue Facility. We feel the other shelters that have been through the process can offer us a wealth of information on what works the best as far as the construction goes.
AWF Board Members Kelly Day, Ruth Carlson, Annie Locher and her dog Jenni along with Vicki Kelchen, and Dave Boehm visited the beautiful Animal Rescue League in Des Moines Iowa on February 6, 2013. We were graciously greeted and guided by Tom Calvin and Mick McAuliffe who proudly toured us through their fantastic facilities that houses cats, dogs, and other large and small animals that await their ‘Forever Families'. With a focus on adoption, humane education, cruelty intervention, spay and neuter programs, and reuniting lost and found pets with their owners, the ARL is the greater Des Moines area's only shelter that never turns away an animal in need. Our hopes and dreams of what we wish our own shelter to be were confirmed. We felt energized to have seen such love and concern given by Tom, Mick and their staff for all the animals who are under their care.
AWF Board members Ruth Carlson and Linda Reicks took a road trip March 1, 2013 to visit The Dubuque Regional Humane Society of Dubuque Iowa (DRHS). They were greeted by Jane McCall, President and CEO. Jane shared with us their Mission; DRHS protects and promotes the well-being of all animals by fostering respect for their inherent dignity. Jane also shared their Vision; DRHS envisions a community where every pet has a permanent and loving home, companion animals are spayed or neutered and all animals are treated with respect and compassion.
The DRHS serves 5000 animals from a 3-state area and more than 10 counties and is currently operating in a facility designed for 3500 animals. The retro fitted new building hopefully in June; the new shelter will be a two story building with a Training and Agility room. The building will have 21k square feet on the main floor and 5500 square feet on the second floor which will be used for Office Space and Community activities. Their new building will be very accessible and beautiful and will be all encompassing with a full time Veterinarian.
Both Shelter Directors and their Staff were very willing to share information about what made their facility the success it is today. We are very appreciative of the guidance and directions they gave us in what we may want to implement in the building of our shelter. We hope to partner with both these shelters one day when we have our shelter in place.
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 11:00 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.