Here at CVHS, we know that more and more animals need our help every day; to make sure we can help as many as possible, we have a saying: “We do a lot, with a little.” Thanks to you, we are able to stretch each dollar we receive… but at minimum, it still costs our organization $30,000 to run our shelter each month. This September is an especially good example of how that $30,000 figure quickly expands.

This September, please consider making a gift to the Cedar Valley Humane Society to help us raise $30,000.

Our mission tells us that we must help any animal we can. Due to Hurricane Harvey, there are currently thousands of animals that need emergency shelter placement. In addition to the many dogs and cats currently in our care from our own community, we have committed to taking at least 30 dogs from hurricane affected areas over the next week (and hundreds more in the coming months).

Over the last year, CVHS has seen an increase in abused and neglected animals come into our care. Your support allows us to provide top quality healthcare and life-saving surgeries for all animals in our shelter and foster program. One example of our rehabilitation efforts from this past year is Brownie. Brownie was found abandoned and malnourished. 

After Brownie was stabilized and visited the veterinarian, CVHS sent him home with a caring foster volunteer to recover and gain strength in a calmer environment. Ultimately, Brownie made a full recovery, and he was adopted by his foster.

The Cedar Valley Humane Society is committed to doing everything we can to stop animal abuse and neglect in Eastern Iowa and beyond. Because Iowa’s animal welfare laws are among the worst in the country, that work is never ending.

Earlier this summer, we told the story of Kira the Great Dane. She was originally found living outside with no protection from the elements. She was severely malnourished and underweight.

At CVHS, Kira quickly gained weight and appeared to be on her way to recovery. Unfortunately, further tests revealed that she had longstanding and untreated cancer. Kira passed away in our care, but her memory lives on through a special fund created in her honor that allows us to treat neglected animals.

Unfortunately, sometimes families fall on difficult times and they have to consider giving up their pets. When those situations arise, we ask, ‘What would it take for you to be able to keep your pets?’ If it’s food or basic supplies, we help. Keeping animals in their homes is just as important as helping animals find a home.

This program has helped an estimated 1,000 pets and their families take the idea of being separated off the table.

The Cedar Valley Humane Society works regularly with local schools, scout troops, summer camps, and other organizations to educate children about the humane treatment of animals. In the last year, we have worked with more than 2,500 students to ensure that the leaders of tomorrow understand the need to protect the voiceless animals that need our services.

The Cedar Valley Humane Society does everything possible to ensure each animal’s success. Through the help of our adoption programs, our surrender diversion efforts, our supporters, our fosters, and our adopters, we have achieved a 98% live release rate this year. That means that nearly all animals that have arrived at our shelter in 2017 have been adopted, returned to their owner, placed with a rescue or sanctuary, or found hospice placement. Unfortunately, sometimes animals come to use with illnesses or injuries that cannot be treated… but our 98% live release rate is well above the national average of 44%.