Pet rescue services, if they exist at all, operate with never-enough funding from a limited number of sources. Adoption fees cover only a small fraction of rescue expenses; donations and other funding need to cover the rest. The Paws on Your Heart Pet Rescue endowment fund was set up to make such donations, in the form of annual grants, to support the good work of deserving pet rescue services in Iowa.
Most such services are devoted to rescuing pets. These pets may be strays, owner surrenders, rescues during natural disasters, or rescues involving hoarded or maltreated pets. In many cases, they may also be transfers from other animal shelters. This happens if the other shelter is overcrowded, if the pet is approaching its euthanasia date, or if the pet is sick or injured and the shelter cannot take care of them.
In addition, some rescue organizations just provide services to pet owners. One example of such a service is short-term foster care. Such care may be needed by owners facing hospitalization, by veterans while on active duty, or by owners in housing transition (for example, temporary care for a dog while a yard fence is being built). Another example of an owner service might be an organization helping low-income pet owners with funds for pet food or pet emergency care.
By making a donation to our endowment, your gift can support great rescue groups that are reaching out to help a pet or its owner living in Iowa. This support is helping your Iowa neighbor!