Southern Living “Fresh from the Oven” Cookie Fundraiser

Nothing says summer treats like America's favorite gourmet cookie dough! Southern Living's award-winning recipes make it easy to enjoy delicious cookies "Fresh from the Oven". Every order supports AWF and our shelter!! Orders must be placed by June 20th, so make your decisions quickly! View the Fresh from the Oven Brochure Please send orders with payment to: Linda Reicks 11809 County Road X28 Apt #1 Anamosa, IA 52205 Please include your name, phone number, the items you'd like + the...
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We would ♥ your support!

Doing some Valentine's Day shopping online? Shop through Amazon Smile and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to Animal Welfare Friends! Just be sure to select us as the recipient for your donation. Shop through this link to support AWF! Have a little bit extra in your Valentine's Day budget? Spread some love directly to the AWF animals by buying them a gift from our Amazon Wishlist!
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Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser

Treat yourself to some gourmet popcorn, and help AWF at the same time! You can feel good about your purchase knowing that 50% of every dollar spent comes right back to AWF, and enables us to continue serving the animals of Jones County. The last day to order is February 10th, so make your decisions quickly! View the Double Good Popcorn Brochure Email or call Linda Reicks to place your order: Linda Reicks 11809 County Road X28 Apt #1 Anamosa, IA 52205 lindareicks@carlsoncollege.co...
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Shelter Grand Opening!

After a decade of fundraising and planning, Animal Welfare Friends is proud to present Jones County’s very first animal shelter. Built on land purchased by AWF in 2012, the shelter sits just north of Monticello off Highway 151. Construction on the shelter began in March 2016, and is now complete! We're proud to invite everyone to our Grand Opening event on Saturday, October 15th from 10 am–4 pm & Sunday, October 16th from 1 pm–4 pm. The shelter is located at 22407 Business HWY 151, Monticel...
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Volunteer Opportunity: The Great Jones County Fair

AWF will need at least two people to volunteer to work each shift at our booth at the Great Jones County Fair July 19th through July 24th.  The responsibilities include opening and closing the booth at the beginning and end of each day, selling merchandise, handing out information, and collecting donations. If you are interested in being an AWF volunteer and have never done it before, come join us at the fair and hang out.  It will give you the opportunity to see what we do, talk to other vol...
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Shelter Construction Has Begun!

Construction has started on the Animal Shelter! See the latest construction photos here, and keep an eye on our Facebook page for photos as well! We still need donations to complete the project. If you would like to contribute, please use the Donate link in the menu above. 9/4/16: The shelter is nearing completion! New cement is being poured in preparation for the Grand Opening on October 15 & 16th 6/18/16: New pictures of the construction of the shelter! 5/5/16: The...
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Help Pave the New Shelter!

Animal Welfare Friends is offering a great way to become a permanent part of the Animal Shelter in Jones County! We've partnered with That'sMyBrick.com to offer custom messaging on bricks that will be used to pave the walkways of our new shelter. These bricks are a great way to honor a loved one, lost pet, or just share a message of your choice! Bricks are $250 a piece, and make a huge difference in our fundraising goals for the shelter. You can also purchase a replica brick for $125. ...
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David Boehm

President - David grew up in Rock Island, Illinois where he volunteered for QCAWC. He moved to Monticello, Iowa and started volunteering with AWF in 2006. In 2014, David joined the AWF Board of Directors. With his many years of volunteer service for AWF, he knows all aspects of AWF's policies and procedures and has had the opportunity to meet many people. David currently works at NCI Building Systems in Monticello, Iowa. Profession: Warehouse at NCI Building Systems Contact: dboehm82@yahoo.c...
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Jayne Iben

Vice President - Jayne began serving on the AWF board in 2012, and is currently VP. Born and raised in Jones County, living on a farm in her childhood yearse, she has always had a love of animals. Jayne has enjoyed working with others to make the dream come tru and have a shelter in Jones County. She has 2 wire haired fox terriers in her home and numerous cats at her family farm in Langworthy. During the day Jayne is the Office Adminstrator at UnityPoint Clinic in Monticello. "Humans or animals,...
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Linda Reicks

Secretary - Linda began her association with AWF in 2010 by helping transport dogs to 'no kill' shelters and by stepping in and acting as Secretary to the Board in a temporary position. She is now serving that position on a permanent basis. Linda says, "Animals have been in my life since a youngster. I love the unconditional love they offer and I want to return it to them." Linda recently lost her beloved cat Barbra, but has found two new furbabies to join her family. Linda is a licensed Massage...
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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. Animal Rescue League in Des Moines Iowa AWF Board Members Kelly Day, Ruth Carlson, Annie Locher and her dog Jenni along with Vicki Kelchen, and Dave ...
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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. This has been news in the making since 2006.
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Cat Adoption Center Open for Business

The new Cat Adoption Center, located at 301 Jackson Street in Olin, houses 12 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 hom...
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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 office. They were so disgusted at the suggestion of shooting a dog they called the sheriff’s office only to learn that the nearest animal shelter was in Jackson County. They loaded...
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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 funds for building an animal shelter in Jones County. Until we have a facility of our own, we rely on a network of state-licensed foster ho...
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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 organization has raised $246,544 towards this goal. In 2012 AWF was able to make the first step to attaining the goal of building a shelter in Jones County. The organization ...
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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 your business would like to find out how it can support the work of AWF, a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, please contact us at (319) 462-5683 ...
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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 in Jones County 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 t...
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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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Courtesy Listings

At Animal Welfare Friends, we believe it is your responsibility to work to resolve behavior or other problems before deciding to give up your pet. Millions of dogs and cats are homeless in the United States each day and many of them are euthanized annually because there are not enough homes; you owe it to your family pet to help him or her stay with you. If you are experiencing problems with your cat or dog or small animal, please visit our section on Pet Behavior Tips under "Resources" on this ...
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Annie Locher

Board Member - Annie has loved animals all her life. As an AWF volunteer she has helped at various fundraisers such as the summer bake sales, worked occasionally at the former Cat Adoption Center, and transported dogs when needed. Over the years she has adopted three AWF dogs and one cat. AWF helps fill a critical need for homeless and abandoned animals in Jones County. Annie is glad to be helping local animals that otherwise have no voice or support to find a new loving home. Before retiring...
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Candy Roberg

Board Member - Candy began volunteering for AWF in 2004 after AWF reached out to the community for volunteers. Candy has been AWF's top fundraiser for most of those years. Her efforts include the annual summer bake sales at the Anamosa Walmart, selling left over baked goods at work, and Tupperware parties. Candy is pictured here with her dog Bailey. Candy also has numerous outdoor cats on her farm. Profession: Retired Reprographics Coordinator Contact: robergcandy@hotmail.com
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Kayleigh Pingel

Board Member - Kayleigh began as a volunteer for AWF in 2015, and joined the board in January 2017. She designed and implemented the current AWF website, and continues to update and maintain it. She also helps out at the shelter, and enjoys baking both human and animal treats for AWF bake sales! Outside of AWF, you can find her riding her motorcycle, gardening, cooking/baking, crafting, playing videogames, and watching movies. Kayleigh has a rescue dog named Courage who is her & her hu...
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Mark Denniston

Honorary Board Member - Mark has 33 years experience in law enforcement in Jones County (15 as Jones County Sheriff) and has always been a big AWF supporter. When contacted by the AWF co-founders back in 2003, he was very pleased to support the group since there had never been anything in place in the county to help the stray dogs. Early in his career as sheriff, Mark was responsible for helping draft the county ordinance regarding stray animals. Whenever AWF has asked for his help or an opinion...
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Gretchen Chamberlain

Treasurer - Although she's no longer a board member, Gretchen remains AWFs Treasurer. In addition to Treasurer duties, Gretchen manages AWF’s spay/neuter program for the pets of low income families and supervises the group’s PetSmart appearances. She also steps up to the plate whenever there’s a need, from transporting dogs to processing adoption applications to helping at fundraising events. Gretchen started volunteering for AWF in October 2003 and fostered her first AWF dog in January 2004....
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Flyers & Brochures

Please feel free to print and distribute any of the flyers or brochures below to help spread the word on AWF events and campaigns! This page will be updated with the latest materials as they become available. Event Flyers 4/29/17 – Bake Sale - Anamosa Walmart 5/27/17 – Bake Sale - Anamosa Walmart 6/17/17 – Bake Sale - Monticello Fareway
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