Help us build!

About the campaign

The next stage of no-kill success in central Iowa involves building a third adoption center for Furry Friends Refuge. We have purchased a 2.4-acre lot at 3505 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines and plan to open a shelter on it in the fall of 2018.


The first phase of construction will result in a 7,000-square-foot building; longer-term plans are to expand on the facility and ultimately bring it to 10,000 square feet total. Our fundraising goal for phase I is to raise $700,000, nearly half of which has already been secured.

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 are available at many levels, from $125 up to $40,000, and range from commemorative bricks to plaques on rooms and wings. All come with recognition on our website.

Who has given

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.

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