In May 2006, AWF announced they were launching a campaign to raise money for construction of an animal shelter in Jones County. By March 2009, AWF had raised $54,000 towards a shelter. At that time, AWF’s board of directors knew it needed to re-energize efforts to build a safe place for Jones County’s homeless animals. It hired Community Services Group in Omaha, Nebraska, to conduct a feasibility study on building an animal shelter in Jones County. In April and May 2009, over 40 community and business leaders were interviewed to determine whether there was support for a shelter and if so, identify individuals and businesses willing to lead or help in the effort. On June 25, a meeting was held at the Anamosa Library and Learning Center to present the findings to the public. Through this effort, AWF found an overwhelmingly positive response. Today, we’re determined to find land so we can move forward and have a place for all our animals under one roof.