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The Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center is reopening to the public

The Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center will reopen to the general public on Thursday. Like other city buildings, the center closed to the public in March, as part of Iowa City’s effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. […]

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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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Spring will put Iowa City’s new trap-neuter-return program to the test

If all goes according to plan, Iowa City residents will soon start seeing fewer stray cats wandering their neighborhoods, and the cats residents do see will have the tip missing from one of their ears. The Iowa City Council passed a trap-neuter-return (TNR) ordinance in August […]

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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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Binky for joy! The Iowa City Animal Center is full of bunnies

Many animal shelters see a sad trend in late spring and early summer: an influx of rabbits, bought from pet stores during the Easter season only to be abandoned after the novelty — along with the leftover chocolate bunnies — was gone. This isn’t the case with every bunny currently housed at the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center, but all six still await a permanent home. […]

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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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Adoptable Pet of the Week: Pretty Girl, the blind, deaf and super-sweet senior

Every shelter animal has its challenges, some steeper than others. With very little in the way of hearing and no sight, life at the Iowa City Animal Center can be more confusing and stressful for Pretty Girl than a dog with full use of its senses. Still, it couldn’t be more obvious that the 11-year-old is a perfect companion.
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