About Us

  • Our History

    In the Beginning, There Were Two Stray Dogs… In the summer of 2002, two stray dogs wandered onto the property of an Oxford Mills couple. New to the area, the couple asked the neighbors if Jones County had an animal shelter. One neighbor said they should shoot the dogs and another suggested they call the sheriff’s ...
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  • Our Philosophy

    Our Philosophy and Programs From our beginning, we’ve been driven to establish an organization that balances rescuing and caring for animals with educating the humans on whom these animals rely for a peaceful, safe and healthy life. The decisions we make daily, and the programs we offer, reflect this philosophy. Rescue We are in the process of raising ...
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  • AWF Shelter Campaign

    Update: The Shelter construction was completed in October of 2016! The shelter is now open, and serving the animals of Jones County, IA. Read about our journey to shelter completion below. In May 2006, AWF embarked on a campaign to raise funds to build an animal shelter in Jones County. Over the past 10 years, the ...
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  • Business Partners

    Partners in Hope Since our first year, AWF has partnered with businesses that support our life-saving work through donations of time, resources and talent. We refer to these businesses as our “Partners in Hope,” a name that truly reflects their contribution—providing hope to the many homeless dogs and cats who come into our care each year. If ...
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