Contribute to Paws on Your Heart Pet Rescue Support May 15

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By Caroline Rosacker

Since 2017, Paws on Your Heart Pet Rescue Support has been on a mission to help save the lives of homeless dogs and cats in Iowa, that have been abandoned, shot, neglected, hit by a car and left by the side of the road, or are victims of abuse, and help them get adopted by caring individuals that will give them the home they so deserve.

Susi Nehls and Roy Blair of Guttenberg, who offer grants to area pet rescues and organizations that support such rescue, spearhead the non-profit organization.

"Although rescue organizations take homeless pets in, care costs can be daunting," explained Nehls "When injuries and illnesses are life-threatening or life-altering, medical expenses quickly add up. And adoption fees fall way short of paying these bills. That is where Paws on Your Heart Pet Rescue Support comes in and picks up the slack. We do this through annual grants and funding tips and help we provide to our grantees."

Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque "Great Give Day"

An opportunity to support Paws on Your Heart Pet Rescue Support and other great Northeast Iowa non-profit organizations will be available on Wednesday, May 15, when the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque hosts "Great Give Day," its largest annual fundraising event. 

The one-day event takes place online over a 24-hour period on May 15. It supports 200 nonprofits across Dubuque, Delaware, Clayton, Jones, Allamakee, and Clinton County. To make a donation to Paws on Your Heart on Great Give Day, go to on May 15. 2024 Grant Recipients

Paws on Your Heart Pet Rescue Support is excited to announce this years grants recipients. 

The process begins in January when the couple reviews their master list of Iowa rescues that they follow and selects and invites them to submit a grant application. "We have enjoyed getting to know these rescues and their wonderful animal welfare work in our communities.Congratulations to each of them for the many pet lives saved, and many pet owners helped," they shared.  

Whiskers TNR

Whiskers TNR of Warren County, is a cat rescue located in central Iowa that is focused on TNR (Trap, Neuter, and Return) of outdoor cats. Paws on Your Heart Pet Rescue Support found many things to like about the pet rescue including:

• The importance of TNR and dedication of resources to make this work succeed

• Significant effort into community outreach (education, bringing joy, no-cost and low-cost vax clinics, monthly nursing home visits)

• Strong relationship with County shelter

• Creative local fundraisers; and amazing national fundraising (four large awards won in national competitions). 

Hamilton County Animal AdvoCATes

Hamilton County Animal AdvoCATes is a cat rescue in central Iowa. The rescue was chosen for: 

• Their laser focus on spay-neuter of both outdoor cats (through TNR) and indoor cats (Through community assistance) 

• Actions to help other rescues

• Novel fundraising events/ideas

• Frequent educational public service announcements.

Oh My Dog Rescue

Oh My Dog Rescue, which has been open for one year, was chosen for:

• Their ability to take in and care for difficult and expensive dogs

• Response to multiple large-group releases (from breeders and hoarding cases) 

• Large number of fosters 

• An eye on sustainability 

Midwest Pets for Life 

Paws on Your Heart Pet Rescue Support chose Midwest Pets For Life, in Clinton mainly for the services they provide to pet owners, which include: 

• Many people-oriented programs (kibble and litter program, spay-neuter clinics for cats and dogs, quarterly wellness clinics, emergency in-home care, and more)

• Trap-neuter-return of community cats

• Many donated products provided to those with pets who have fallen on hard times

• Responsible pet ownership programs using "spokespigs" presented throughout the community. 

Waverly Pet Rescue

Waverly Pet Rescue is a long-time pet rescue in Bremer County. The organization has served the area for 18 years, and has loyal and dedicated fosters who have been with the rescue for 10-plus years. They were chosen for:

• Stringent foster and adoption policies

• Detailed adoptable biographies 

• Adoption return guarantee for all pets 

• Food given to low-income pet owners, and a rescue standard of quality over quantity. 

Golden Retriever Rescue of Iowa

Golden Retriever Rescue of Iowa is a new rescue that just opened last year. The organization was chosen for:

• Long, very detailed biographies about adoptable dogs

• Great deal of training provided for both fosters and foster-to-forever

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