2021 Business Heroes

Animal Welfare Friends remains committed to furthering the mission of providing critical services for area cats and dogs. We continue to place deserving animals in safe, happy forever homes in Iowa as well as out of state. But AWF receives no annual funding support from any source, and though generous individual donors will help on special needs cases, it’s our everyday costs that are the most draining. The support of these local business heroes is key to our mission in 2021 - especially sinc...
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Adoption 101

Adopting a dog or cat is a big decision. It’s important to carefully think through the time and money commitment that a new pet will require. And while it is understandable that many people are attracted to the physical characteristics of a pet, it is much more important to focus on the pet’s personality. Our pet descriptions, input from our foster families, plus your interaction with the dog or cat, will provide you with the information you need to make a match that will last for the life of th...
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Pet Lost & Found

All of us at AWF would love to see more stray dogs and cats returned to their families. But we need your help to do so. The #1 thing you can do is to make sure your pet is wearing a collar with an I.D. tag attached. This tag should include your last name, address and phone number. If room on the tag permits, also include your pet’s name. But the most important information is your phone number. If you change your number, be sure and change your pet’s tag! It is also important to attach a rabie...
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Guide for Re-Homing Your Pet

Guidelines for Finding a Responsible Home for Your Pet The following information is provided by the Humane Society of the United States, www.hsus.org. Do you feel you can no longer keep your pet and want to find a new home for him or her? Perhaps you are frustrated with a behavior problem. Or your child has pet allergies. Or you are having trouble finding rental housing that accepts your pet. Many pet-related problems can be frustrating, and you may feel that relinquishing your pet is the onl...
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Dog Behavior Tips

If you are dealing with a pet behavior problem, consider first consulting with your veterinarian. Many problems may be due to a treatable medical condition. Dog Trainers: Alpha House K9s Bark Busters Stone Hollow Dog Training, Inc. Dog Behavior Issues: Diamonds in the Ruff Pet Expertise Pet Care & Behavior Issues: Humane Society of the United States American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Pet Expertise
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Cat Behavior Tips

If you are dealing with a pet behavior problem, consider first consulting with your veterinarian. Many problems may be due to a treatable medical condition. For example, a housetrained pet may begin urinating in the house due to a urinary tract infection rather than a behavior problem. Your veterinarian will be able to rule out any physical cause of the problem. There are also many local animal behaviorists and trainers who have the experience and expertise to help address your pet’s behavior pr...
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