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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: WHO WE ARE Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary & Rescue is a state licensed, 501(C)3 non-profit, charitable and educational animal welfare organization. RVAS does not receive any government funding and relies solely on the contributions of public donors. Our Mission: To eliminate the neglect, abuse and abandonment of companion animals caused by human ignorance, intolerance and indifference. And to celebrate the joys created by the human-animal bond by education and example.

Results: RVAS has saved over 15,000 lives since it's establishment in 1994 and is one of Iowa's leading no-kill animal welfare organizations.

Target demographics: Animals in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,500+

Geographic areas served: Iowa and surrounding states

Programs: Rehome/Rehabilitation Services, Animal Rescue Services, Behavior Consultation, Food & Medical Assistance.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Dianna9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Have worked with this org on and off for years. Supporting legitimate Rescues (as they all aren't legit) is so important for the animals.
Thank you for your dedication with the animals and for also supporting other reputable Rescues like you have with ours, we appreciate that and you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This might seem strange to some, but I wanted to send out a special thanks to RVAS for helping us find our Gabby. We contacted them after our cat, Stuben passed away at 16 years old. We were devastated, but knew our home needed another companion.

The representative told us all about their special needs cats, but we were looking for something else. They didn't have anything that fit our needs. They could have just let us go walk away and search elsewhere but they didn't. They recommended another organization and even contacted that organization notifying them what we were looking for.

We feel so blessed to have adopted Gabby. Thank you to all the people at Raccoon Valley for making that happen...they really DO put animals first.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wanting to "rescue" an animal was a dream, but when we found ourselves with an adopted companion that wasn't right for us, we contacted this shelter for help. Even though we did not adopt from this organization, they offered to help us keep our beloved Charlie by coming to our home and working with us so that we could keep him.

We are so grateful for all the time and effort they gave us and are proud to report that Charlie and his humans are now better educated and doing fine together! Thank YOU for helping us keep our beloved companion.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2005 I walked into the shelter with a broken heart. I had just lost our beloved Lady after 13 years and I wanted to donate her bed and other items to the shelter. I was not interested in loving again. A kind woman accepted my donation, and listened while I stumbled to find the words of how heartbroken I was. She asked me to wait a minute while she got my receipt.

She left the room. When she returned, she had a dog by her side. She asked if I would hold her leash while she completed the receipt. I reluctantly agreed.

The little dog leaped onto my lap and just stared at me. It's soulful eyes went right to my heart, and I kept looking away only to be drawn back into her stare as if she was saying...I know you hurt, but I really can help heal your heart if you'll let me.

I sat with her for about 30 minutes, and then asked the woman what her story was. Her reply: "She's waiting for you to fill out adoption papers." I said, "no no...what's her story? Why is she here."? She replied, "She's lonely and needs a home." That was enough for me.

That was 11 years ago. Sunny is still with me today. Thank you for "just knowing".

1 JKAM

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have fostered for this rescue for over 10 years. Miu, a special needs kitty, was one of our favorites that ended up staying with us until her death from cancer at the age of 10. RVAS was there to support us and Miu. We also adopted Watson, another kitty, who has been with us for 11 years now. When you adopt from them they're there for you for the life of that animal. They stand behind their adoptions and that's what makes them the best.

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rvaspets 05/06/2016

Thank you for your kind words, but more importantly for opening your home and heart to so many in need that would never have a chance without you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It's about what's best for both the adoptee and the adopters. They make sure the match is right for everyone so it's forever. They also provide support to the adopters and the animals they adopt for the life of that animal. They find solutions and make you part of that solution. They also provide help that keeps dogs & cats in the home which leaves more room in shelters for those that are in immediate need. I'll always support them.

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rvaspets 10/25/2015

Thank you for your thoughtful words. We take pride in always putting the animals needs first, both physically and psychologically. We hope to continue to lead by example so that other shelters/rescues will follow suit...that no animal should ever be just a number.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for animals for several years and while I have had mostly positive experiences with most of the organizations I've been involved with, Raccoon Valley has been my favorite by far. They are so much more than an animal rescue. They bring much needed education to the community regarding all aspects of animal welfare, from neglect, abuse, legislation and of course the warm fuzzy stories of adoption. And they are heads above any organization I've ever been a part of when it comes to helping their peers. I have been a part of transporting animals, supplies to other organizations as well as, helped with tabling events promoting not ONLY their animals, but other organizations who needs a little extra "push" and exposure to get their organizations/animals noticed. And not to continue the glowing review, but the people are some of the kindest and most dedicated people I know. Love these guys and the work they do!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known and worked with all of the members of their board of directors for over 6 years and their commitment to the animal community is second to none. They not only are concerned with helping find suitable homes for displaced animals but they also understand the need for educating the general public on the issues of animal care and welfare. I recommend this organization for all questions and concerns related to the human-animal bond.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization with amazing leaders and volunteers who truly care about helping animals in need. I was drawn to them many years ago as a volunteer and donor because they are a no-kill organization. They are dedicated to their mission and care about the life of every animal. They do amazing work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked with Raccoon Valley since 2008 on various projects starting with Randolph, IA when we were trying to establish a properly organized Trap Neuter Return feral cat program for the city. I worked with them again during the flooding along the Missouri River to establish a food pantry for rescue groups affected by the flooding. They have assisted us in arranging transport for cats to other no kill shelters. They provide a great service to their community and deserve the support of the community to allow them to continue the good work they do.

Lawrence Shackman
President Feline Friendz in Nebraska

5 julez_schmidt

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wish I could give these folks more stars!! They are, without question, the most incredible rescue I've ever had the honor of working with. They work to find solutions instead of contributing to the problem. Once you adopt through them, they are "yours" for life. A wealth of knowledge, support, and networking-in a word, incredible!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

These guys are the real deal! Not only do they want to get companion animals, they are committed to assisting pet parents keep their companions in their homes by problem solving. They recognize that companion animals are not expendable "things," but sentient beings with feelings.

They not only match people with companions, they make sure that applicants are appropriate guardians, and don't just adopt to any warm-blooded human on the street. They are true advocates for those without a voice and want to improve the lives of all animals in their care!

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rvaspets 10/25/2015

Thank you for your support and kind words. You are one of those special souls that reached out for a forgotten senior, who only wanted to be loved. The miracle that you and Bailey connected keeps us all believing that miracles DO happen!