It’s back… our yummy Southern Living Cookie Fundraiser!!

You loved it last year, so we've brought it back -- our fundraiser featuring 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 July 31st, so make your decisions quickly! View the Fresh from the Oven Brochure Please contact Linda Reicks to place your orders:  lindareicks@me.com 319-329-4473   Please have your name, ...
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The New Beginnings Shelter Challenge has begun!

The Animal Rescue Site and GreaterGood.org are giving away thousands in grants to eligible shelters across the country in a new Shelter Challenge contest, and Animal Welfare Friends is eligible to win! The New Beginnings Shelter challenge is a major contest that will give $100,00 in cash grants to eligible shelters that win the most votes in a variety of categories and photo contests. You can help AWF win some of the grant prizes by voting every day on our shelter challenge page, starting now...
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We received over 8,000 pounds of litter thanks to your nominations!

Recently, we asked for our supporters to nominate us  to receive some free Cat's Pride Cat Litter through their Litter for Good program. And WOW, did you ever nominate us!! We've received an astonishing 8,000+ pounds of litter! Or, 840 jugs, which is worth over $6,000!! We had it freighted to the shelter, and we are so happy to not have to worry about litter for QUITE a while. We're so grateful to everyone involved who made this possible. Thank you from everyone at AWF, and especia...
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AWF Coffee Fundraiser

We have a new easy way to support us by doing something you most likely already do every day... drinking coffee!! We have a brand new fundraiser happening from now until the end of March where you can support our shelter & our life-saving work by purchasing delicious Premium & Exotic Coffees and Specialty Beverages. We have over a dozen coffee flavors, such a a traditional French Roast, a scrumptious Blueberry Cinnamon Crumble, or an exotic Jamaican Me Crazy flavor! All flavors ar...
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Our Seniors for Seniors Program

Announcing a new way to find love at AWF... our Seniors for Seniors program! If you're over 50 and want a companion who is less work than a kitten, we can help you find your match! With a reduced adoption fee of $50, our 7 years and older cats still have lots of love to give, and are eager to share it with you.
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Shoe Drive Goal Met!!

With your incredible support, we met our goal of 100 bags of shoes for our shoe drive! That's over 2500 pairs of shoes that all came from our community. WOW! We cannot thank those who donated enough. The shoes were picked up on January 29, and filled a 26' truck full, with 111 huge bags of shoes holding 25 pairs in each! Funds2Orgs wil now distribute the shoes to developing nations. There, the shoes will be given to individuals or small groups who sell the shoes as a "micro-business". The...
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Nearing the end of our shoe drive, and nearing our goal!!

We're so grateful for everyone who has donated shoes so far! We're at 85 bags of shoes, which is well over 2000 pairs!! But we still need more to reach our full goal of 100 bags of shoes -- if you have any left in your closet to donate, the time is now! We're still taking donations gently used and new shoes of any size & kind from now until Christmas. Donations can be dropped off at the shelter during open hours, noon-6:30pm. Any questions, contact Linda Reicks: lindareicks@me.com Than...
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Launching our Fall Shoe Drive!

Update: The truck from Funds2Orgs that picks up our shoes is delayed until Christmas, so we will continue collecting shoes until Christmas as well! From now until November 12th, we're collecting gently used and new shoes for our shoe drive! We've teamed up with Funds2Orgs, who will give us funds for use at our shelter based on the amount of shoes we can collect. Funds2Orgs will redistribute the shoes throughout their network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners in developing coun...
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Looking for Cat Fosters!!

We are in need of foster homes for many of the 27 cats we rescued from a residence earlier this summer. They are working towards recovery from their previous living situation, but it has been a slow process. Most need to gain weight, and many are on medications still. And because we are over capacity, they are not able to move around and socialize as much as we'd like. It is our hope that they will recover more quickly in a foster home environment with some one-on-one care! Think you can help...
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It’s a Feline Frenzy!!

We're at cat-pacity!! So for the month of August, it is only $50 to adopt a cat from our shelter! This adoption fee includes spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, distemper vaccination, flea/tick treatment, de-worming, and microchipping. We have a cat to fit every type of household! See our available cats online, apply to adopt one of our cats online, or stop in the shelter Tuesday-Saturday from noon to 6:30pm!
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Our Goal: Kuranda Beds for Every Dog at our Shelter!

We are on a mission to get Kuranda beds for every dog at our shelter! Kuranda beds are elevated, cot-style beds that offer orthopedic support to dogs, while still being resistant to wear & chewing. They can also be easily cleaned, which is extra important in a shelter environment. And, the beds help prevent pressure sores that form when dogs lay on hard surfaces for long periods of time. We are fortunate to have received some newly donated Kuranda beds this week, and the dogs abs...
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Low Cost Microchipping & Vaccinations Event on Saturday, July 8th!

Animal Welfare Friends is teaming up with the Monticello Veterinary Clinic on July 8th to bring you low cost microchipping & vaccinations at our shelter! We'll be offering cat & dog rabies or distemper vaccinations for $10 each between 1pm and 2pm, and cat & dog microchipping for $20 each between noon and 3pm. No appointments are needed, so stop out and make sure your pet is healthy and safe! Vaccinations are critical protections for you pet, whether they're indoor or outdoor. And...
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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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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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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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