Furry Friends started in November 2007 when a group of animal lovers saw that the current resources available to help our communities’ animals were not sufficient to help the many pets and pet owners in need of help. Furry Friends was created to bridge the gap — to give a second chance to thousands of animals that would be otherwise destined to be euthanized at area shelters. Many dedicated volunteers are at the center of our programs, allowing us to be extremely efficient with our resources.
But there are still thousands of animals that are still being unnecessarily euthanized in the Des Moines metro area, and with your support we can ensure all animals get a chance to be in a loving home. Your donation helps us provide more animals with a safe environment where they will never be euthanized because they are too old, too young, too scared, or in need of medical treatment.
Our organization also believes in transparency to our donors and supporters, so our statistics and current financial report are available on our website for anyone to access. Your donation makes it possible for us to be a no-kill community — please give today!
We also welcome gifts in honor of a loved one and are happy to send acknowledgment to that person; please complete this short form to ensure that happens.
Donations can be mailed to 1211 Grand Ave., West Des Moines, IA 50265, or brought in to either shelter.
Some of the ways you can donate:
Sponsor an adoption
Do you have a favorite cat at Furry Friends? You can be his or her hero even if you can’t adopt by being a sponsor. A $75 sponsorship means your favorite cat will be highlighted as free of any adoption fee to qualified adopters. Please remember to designate if you want to sponsor a specific cat.
If your sponsorship is a gift to someone else? We’d love to send a photo and an acknowledgement to the recipient! Our online donation form includes spots to provide the recipient’s mailing address; if you’ve mailed us a check already, just fill out this short form for us so we can send the picture.
Beyond paid volunteer time off, many employers are eager to support the causes that their workers give back to. Notable local companies that match employee donations include ARAG, Costco, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, General Mills, Meredith Corp., Pella, US Bank, Voya, and Wellmark; those that send grants in exchange for employees’ volunteer hours include Athene, Meredith, Pella, US Bank, Voya, and Nationwide. Check with your HR department about whether your workplace offers matching donations, automatic payroll deductions, and/or volunteerism grants, or check this list of the most-charitable companies.
If you are a frequent online shopper, there are a few steps you can take to help us. One, consider checking out our Amazon.com wish list. Or do your shopping at AmazonSmile, a service offered by Amazon.com, and designate us as your charity. All you have to do is sign in at https://smile.amazon.com/ and select Furry Friends Refuge, and Amazon will donate a percentage of eligible purchases to our shelter.
Your unused items can benefit Furry Friends!
Smaller gently used items can be brought to Stuff Etc., an upscale consignment store at 906 E. First St. in Ankeny, and designated as benefiting Furry Friends; the store will give us 50 percent of the proceeds. To learn what Stuff Etc. accepts, call 515-964-4444. For more information, visit its website, StuffEtcAnkeny.com.
For larger items — such as appliances in working order, vehicles, or property — please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with further details.
Quick Care Fund
Sometimes when animals come to Furry Friends they are in need of care beyond the normal treatment for a cold, infection, or a spay or neuter procedure. The Quick Care Fund was created to help with these needs. The fund was created after a 2011 rescue of 40 dogs from a single-wide trailer in Bevington required almost all of the resources Furry Friends currently had available.
The Quick Care Fund allows us to immediately assist a dog like Bentley, who was hit by a car; Precious, the kitten who came to us with a deformed leg that dragged behind her and required amputation; Charlotte, the sweet mother dog — abandoned by the side of the road in a broken wood box — who required a C-section to deliver her 11 puppies; and many more.
If you wish to donate to this fund, please designate “Quick Care Fund” on your check or in the message option if you are donating online.