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Iowa City Animal Center encourages donations to their pet food pantry

As the community copes with unemployment, social distancing and mixed messages from federal, state and local leaders, even those less at risk of contracting COVID-19 are seeing their worlds shift — from kids to pets. While some pets may be relishing the extra couch time with their housebound humans, a stretched budget can affect all members of the family. […]

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Make it a meowy Christmas and a happy howliday for animals at the Iowa City shelter

Reindeer are better than people, and so are cats and dogs. And in the season of giving, they deserve to be rewarded for it. Once again, the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center is inviting the public to meet their residents and shower them with gifts at the Holiday with the Hounds open house, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday. Free snacks […]

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Adopt or shop: The specter of puppy mills looms over local debates about pet stores

How does a dog become a pet? The ways in which an owner may meet their new best friend are as varied as dog breeds, ranging from a meticulous, months-long quest to claim a corgi from a rescue organization states away, to a neighbor casually asking if you want to pick a pup from their mutt’s latest litter. But debates around dog ownership […]

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Adoptable Pets of the Week: Didi and Celeste, bunnies about town

For two months, psychologist Tracy Ksiazak has been taking Iowa City shelter rabbits to her office for the Bunny’s Day Out program. “It’s an ideal place to offer shelter bunnies a chance to meet friendly people [and] take ‘hop-abouts’ for exercise.”
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From toys to emergency surgeries, Friends of the Animal Center Foundation fills in funding gaps to help shelter pets

Pinky, Tarzan and Dray took over the boardroom at the South Riverside office of the Friends of the Animal Center Foundation (FACF) in late October. “Having kittens in my office is not crazy for me,” said Christina Kimerle, FACF executive director. “I lived with tigers for a little bit.” […]

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PAWS for Love Silent Auction and Gala funds vet care and equipment for Cedar Rapids shelter animals

Saturday marks the seventh annual PAWS for Love event, which raised $20,000 last year from 250 ticket sales and 150 auction items. CRACC Program Director Diane Webber expects even more guests this year to bid on 180 items.
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Adoptable Pets of the Week: Kitty carolers of the Iowa City Animal Center

After a successful Holiday for the Hounds party and donation drive last week, the cats of the Iowa City Animal Center are enjoying their new gifts, including a festive Christmas-y collar complete with jingle bells. Well, the staff and volunteers are enjoying it, at least. […]

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