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Animal Welfare Friends

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our mission is to rescue and care for animals in need while educating the humans on whom these animals rely to bring them a peaceful, safe and healthy life.

Target demographics: homeless animals

Geographic areas served: Jones County, IA

Programs: adopting dogs and cats out to forever homes.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We got our dog Enzo from this great organization before they had their shelter built. He has since crossed the rainbow bridge, but he was such an awesome dog and is truly missed. These people really care about their animals and making sure the pet is a good fit for the family and that the family is ready for a pet. His foster dad was great and brought along his favorite bone, his collar, and some of his food the night we officially adopted him. The process was smooth, but thorough, which gave me confidence that this really was the right dog for us. We loved Enzo and he really was a great family dog.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got King as a kitten from Animal Welfare Friends as a Christmas gift for our daughter 5 years ago. She couldn’t take him with her to college and he got used to our home where he can go in and outside so he is a family cat. His favorite place to get some sun is on our deck, preferably on a lap. I believe he was found by an Animal Welfare volunteer at an abandoned barn, with no momma in sight. He has been a great companion to us and our other cat.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love Animal Welfare Friends. The staff/volunteers are wonderful and the facility is clean and the animals are happily waiting for their forever home. They truly want their animals to find the perfect home and will do anything to do so. We got our girl from them and it has been wonderful!

Lena G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In February 2019 I adopted Little China. For ten days after the passing of my elderly doggie, I spent hours looking online at dog photos on various shelter websites, it felt a little bit like internet dating. The online photo of Little China I must admit did not appeal to me but when I finally ventured out to the Monticello shelter and saw all the doggies, the look in Little China's eyes caught my attention. We spent some time together in the meet and greet room, and as soon as I heard her story I knew she was coming home with me, that day. The first couple of weeks were a little rough as we figured out each other's schedules but she is now the love of my life and I cherish every moment we share together. Thank you Monticello AWF. I love my Little China!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This small town animal shelter/critter advocate creates some fun fund raising events, helps lost and found animals alike, finds homes for the homeless and hope for those appearing hopeless. Good job gang!!

Karla M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a beautiful black lab from this rescue. He’s a sweetheart and I love him dearly.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In January 2018, I loved my beloved cat, Sassy, to a rare disease. I was 7 months pregnant. My husband traveled on the road and was gone. I was lonely and depressed. I found AWF and looked at their online gallery and found a kitten i was interested in. I went down and met this kitten and fell in love with his timid little, big ego self. I adopted him in January 2018. He has helped me overcome my loneliness. He still brings joy to my little families lives. We are forever grateful for AWF. We tell everyone about them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was involved in helping the shelter with one of their fund raisers last October. I was extremely impressed with the dedication and determination for good the Board of Directors showed as well as all the many hours their volunteers gave. This shelter does amazing work and is deserving of the highest praise for the service they provide for the many animals in need in Jones County.

Jen M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nice facility with dedicated volunteers making a difference in the lives of animals.

Nikki H.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Animal welfare friends do a great job of bringing in animals and taking care of them and training them until they are adopted!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome experience!! We got our Bella girl (formally Blossom) this summer and they made it so easy! We live out of state but they worked with us and allowed my mom who lives in Iowa to pick her up and then we went and got her a few days later! I would highly recommend this nonprofit animal shelter!! Thank you!!!

Sam P.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family adopted a kitten from there and he was healthy and happy!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every single one of the workers here are amazing. Jones County is a rough place for a lot of dogs. Animal welfare friends also serve in an animal control role for a lot of the cities here. I've personally had them meet me at 11 pm at night to pick up a found dog on the highway, no questions or hesitation. They care for every single animal that walks through that day. They were also essential in ending BSL in a small town here. They attended and spoke at city council meetings. These guys definetly deserve recognition as one of the best places around!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We decided to add another addition to our family! My daughter picked out an adorable baby brother for our cat. Very happy with our service, the girls are awesome!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Animal welfare friends is a great place that loves animals. Their workers show great care and people should know every animal in the shelter is cared for.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last October, I apodoted a 13 year old Chihuahua . King Jack came from a kill shelter in Chicago to Animal Welfare Friends Shelter. I feel in love the moment, I seen him. He just had his 14 birthday and we celebrated w a cupcakes and lots if treats and love.
Please when looking for a new best friend, don't overlook the seniors.
They still have plenty of love togive.The staff is amazing and caring. Have told people to visit them if needing a new pet

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had lost our dog in December 2018. We started looking at shelters in March. We randomly walked in to Animal Welfare and started looking. Everyone was more than helpful! We picked out 3 possible dogs, came back a second time to have a meet and greet with our other dog. We were picky and accidentally stayed past closing, trying to make a decision. They were understanding and patient and we found the perfect fit. They do such amazing things for these animals in need and we will forever be thankful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted three dogs through AWF and they have all been wonderful! My most recent, Gatsby, was well cared for while at the shelter (the others were in foster care prior to me adopting them). The staff and shelter volunteers made the adoption process run smoothly and were willing to answer any questions I had. Facility was clean and well-maintained.

Dawn S.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is awesome! I volunteered at the shelter for 2 summers and loved it! The animals are well cared for and loved each day! I also adopted a kitten from there last summer. She is the love of my life!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted 2 dogs from AWF over the last couple years. Staff is always friendly and they truly care for the animals. Facility is nice and clean. Would recommend to anyone who is interested in adopting a cat or dog.