Closeup of stitchesSometimes 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 the 2011 rescue of forty dogs from a single-wide trailer in Bevington required almost all of the resources Furry Friends 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 eleven puppies; and many more.

You can donate to this fund online or send a check with “Quick Care Fund” written on the memo line. Checks should be mailed to 1211 Grand Ave., West Des Moines, IA 50265.

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PS: 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, Principal, US Bank, Voya, and Wellmark.

Ask 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.