Help us build!

About the campaign

The next stage of no-kill success in central Iowa involves building a new adoption center for Furry Friends Refuge. We have purchased a 2.4-acre lot at 3505 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines and are pleased to announce its opening!  During the remainder of 2020 and over the winter we will be remodeling our old location at 1211 Grand and will have limited operations there as we complete the new vision for that adoption

Phase I

The first phase of construction will result in a 7,300-square-foot building.  Our fundraising goal for phase I is to raise $1,000,000 of which $750,000 has been secured.

Phase II

Longer-term plans are to expand on the facility and ultimately bring it to 10,000 square feet total.

Thank you to Neumann Monson Architects for all of their hard work on this project so far! We are so grateful for your partnership.

How to contribute

If you are interested in joining our efforts, please email to learn about naming opportunities, or simply begin giving via credit/debit card!

(If you prefer to make transfers from your bank account, you can do so through PayPal. You’ll need to have an account set up already; you can make single-time donations without contacting us, but if you wish to give monthly, please email with your pledge amount so we can set that up.)

Naming opportunities
Paving brick small $125
Paving brick large $250

view more about our naming opportunities:

Up to $1500     $2500-7500     $7500 and above

Who has given

As an additional gift, Prairie Meadows has again supported our work by providing a generous $10,000 donation to provide landscaping for the new facility

Prairie Meadows has generously supported this project with a $5000 contribution to the HVAC work in the adoption center.

We are pleased to announce that the Gabus Family Foundation and Gabus Family Foundation II have generously contributed a combined $15,000 toward construction of the new shelter!

The Voya Foundation has also generously donated $10,000 through the Hubbell Family Grant Program to assist with HVAC work in the building.

David and Melba White has generously supported our medical efforts and donated $25,000 to Medical Wing

Emily Anne Weikert Foundation: $20,000:  Emily Anne Weikert loved animals and her name will be remembered in the new adoptions office. 

Other HVAC donors include Endow Urbandale ($2,900), the Miccio Foundation ($2,400), the West Des Moines Community Enrichment Foundation ($1,000), and the Clive Community Foundation ($500).

Several other compassionate donors have stepped up to contribute toward the remainder of our goal:

The Hill family • The Davis family • Kyle and Leah Ruopp • Cindy Torvik • Craig and Judy Hansen • Barbara and Roger Burt • Karel Johnson • The Stucker-Mickelson family • Andy and Julie Hall • Kathryn Robbins • Jeff Bucklin • Jill and Ken Hauschildt • Joe and Shirley Wolf • Tim Johnson • Christine and Russell Adams • Sandy Briggs • Michael and Stephanie O’Neal • The Schwenker family • The Breheny family • Anonymous • Lesley Peacock • Brad and Sarah Fisher • The Black family • Jennifer, Shiloh, and Lita Shaffer