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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals

Mission: To save the lives of dogs in Eastern Iowa that are at risk of being euthanized in shelters or are at risk in other ways, such as neglect or abuse or lack of medical care, at the hands of their owners.

Results: Much of our fundraising is to provide veterinary care to the dogs we take in. This is an ongoing endeavor, as we do not want to deny a dog the treatment he/she needs in order to be healthy and happy and therefore, adoptable.

Target demographics: homeless dogs

Geographic areas served: Eastern Iowa

Programs: Dogs Forever Safe Place is an adoption guarantee shelter; we care for each dog until he/she finds a forever home. We often take dogs that are at risk of euthanasia at shelters, including seniors and dogs with medical or behavior issues. We provide the attention, veterinary care and training needed to help each dog secure a loving, forever home. We are an all-volunteer organization so every dollar goes towards helping our homeless dogs. We also have state-licensed foster homes for dogs who need extra attention.

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dogs Forever is fantastic! We recently adopted a dog from this amazing organization. There is so much effort from everyone that works here to ensure that every dog goes to their forever home. They were very informative and worked with us to find the right dog for our large family. They were spot on! We now have a wonderful dog that is a great match for us. Choosing to adopt from Dogs Forever was one of the best decisions we could have made.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are all a family here at dogs forever. We work together saving homeless dogs and finding them a forever home. We are proud of what we do.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dogs Forever is an amazing organization. Every volunteer truly cares about their role in saving homeless dogs. In my 2 years with them, I have seen some incredible success stories where supposed "problem" dogs ended up in the perfect home with a family who loves them!

1 Kristine17

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Dogs Forever. I recently adopted a dog from this wonderful organization. It is great to know that every dog that comes here is going to be cared for and loved until they go to their forever homes. My decision to adopt from Dogs Forever was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. I now share my home with a beautiful and loving dog thanks to all of the wonderful and caring volunteers at Dogs Forever.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I haven't volunteered at many places so this is one of my first experiences. So far I love it and the people are great. Management is always on top of issues and we have great communication.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dogs Forever is a wonderful organization that is truly committed to the welfare of homeless dogs. Our volunteers go above and beyond in the love and care that they provide these animals. We treat all of our dogs like they were our own. And finding them the perfect home is our mission.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Dogs Forever. It is a no kill shelter. When they take a dog in, they are committed to that dog until it is adopted, no matter how long it takes. I also love their seniors for seniors program. If a senior citizen adopts a senior dog, they are not charged for the adoption. This is a great way to pair up a person and a dog that might need each more than they know. All of the volunteers really care and it shows in their commitment to the dogs. Whether they are walking, feeding, cleaning kennels, helping at open houses, doing a home visit, processing paperwork, washing and drying towels and blankets, picking up poop or just playing with the dogs, it is always done out of love. The team work is incredible too. If someone has to miss a shift for whatever reason, there is always someone else there to step in and help them out. Donations are always appreciated. It costs lots of money to keep a non profit shelter open. Rent, maintenance, utilities, dog food, vet bills, toys, treats, and office equipment all adds up. We thank you for any donation that anyone can make...and the dogs appreciate it also.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing shelter. All of the volunteers truly care about each and every pup at the shelter. And we all make sure the dogs know just how much they are loved. It brings me such joy to volunteer at such a wonderful shelter and be surrounded by these amazing furries!!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This no kill shelter does a great job of fitting the perfect family with the perfect dog. I love volunteering in a place that has so many happily ever afters.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been volunteering at Dogs Forever for a year and a half . Everyone really cares for the dogs there and do a great job.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dogs Forever is a wonderful organization! They don't give up on dogs, they find them forever homes!!!! I am very fortunate to be a volunteer with such an awesome organization!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with Dogs Forever, caring for the dogs in 1 of 3 shifts per day. We walk and play with the dogs, and feed at mealtimes, make due they are staying healthy and well socialized while waiting for their perfect forever homes. The dogs' well-being always comes first with this shelter. They save lives!

1 Tanya28

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Dogs Forever since June. Everyone there is so passionate about the love and care that all the wonderful dogs get daily. I consider myself lucky to have found such a wonderful place to give some of my time to!

1 Angie66

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Dogs Forever for over a year and have really enjoyed my experience. This is a top notch organization that supports the dogs, volunteers, and potential owners with great respect and caring. The dogs always come first, which is as it should be and this is reflected in the health and happiness of our "kids"

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Suki, a shih tzu, in early October. She was found on a bike path in CR earlier this summer and Critter Crusaders first intervened. She then went into foster care through Dogs Forever. I was very impressed with how thorough the adoption process was-this organization truly wants to make sure that the placements are the right fit and they do want their animals to have a forever home. We love our little Suki very much and our family would like to thank all those who volunteer their time at Dogs Forever-you are truly life savers. Bravo!
The Davis Family

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted BENNY, a black lab mix:). He completes our family and we knew it was meant to be as soon as we saw him online at Dogs Forever. BENNY has a sensitive stomach. We met w Michele and BENNY and we fell in love w Benny. Michele made sure we would be a good family for him and we understood his sensitive stomach concerns that kept other families from adopting him. Michele fostered Benny while he was sick and before he found a forever home. I am so impressed by the volunteers, all they do for the animals- personal time, resources and making sure the animals are put into a loving home. Benny is thriving and it was meant to be. We are thankful for Benny and all of the volunteers at Dogs Forever:).

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I contacted this shelter in July, asking about a specific dog. Michele responded and gave me all of the information on that dog (the good, the bad, and the ugly), and then went above and beyond to tell me about a pup that she was fostering, who she thought may be a good fit for our family. Although I was looking for an adult dog I decided to come to CR and meet both dogs. It didn't take long to realize that 6-month-old Emmett was going to be the perfect addition to my family, and a great playmate for my 4 and 2 year old boys. I was very impressed with the adoption process, as it was very thorough; you could tell the staff really care about these dogs and wanted to ensure they went to the right home. I have recommended this shelter to others since, and will continue to do so. Thank you Michele and Dogs Forever for helping fill the hole that was left when our previous dogs passed; our family feels complete again! :-)

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful place that rescues without killing. They care about animals and helps them find forever homes.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Dogs Forever is one of the main reasons I've stuck around Cedar Rapids for as long as I have. This isn't just your average non profit, it's a family. The dogs we care for aren't just another shelter dog to us, their family, each and every one of them. This nonprofit truly is rooted in love, and care. The care that I see on the volunteer end of things for each pup that comes into our shelter is impeccable, it's an amount of care/love that truly testifies to Dogs Forever being a family. If you haven't come in to visit the shelter and check out our pups, I truly encourage you to do so during our open hours on Saturday. From the caring people, wonderful dogs, and amazing mission, this nonprofit is one I will always support and be proud to be a part of.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with Dogs Forever, I have seen first hand how much everyone associated with them truly cares about the dogs they save. Every dog they take in receives the best medical care possible, and is treated as much like a family member as we can in the shelter setting. So many great dogs are saved because of this organization!