Ames, Iowa, is considered a small city, but it does face many of the same problems that many larger cities have, and homeless animals wandering the streets is one of those problems. Fortunately, these animals can receive help from local animal shelters such as the Ames Animal Shelter and the Humane Society of North Iowa.
The Ames Animal Shelter is run by the City of Ames. The shelter has space for cats, dogs, and other small animals that are looking for new homes. As part of the city, the Ames Animal Shelter works in conjunction with the Animal Control Department to keep homeless animals off of the streets of Ames. The shelter also promotes spaying and neutering of animals to prevent more unwanted animals from wandering the streets through community education as well as its spay and neuter program.
Although the Humane Society of North Iowa is an hour and a half way from Ames, it is one of the best shelters in the area. In the past 58 years, the shelter has help over 10,000 animals find new homes. The organization works hard to keep animals safe and protected while also trying to find new homes for any homeless animals that come through its doors. At any given time, the shelter can house almost 100 animals, which means that there are always animals looking for new homes at the shelter. If you live in Ames and don’t want to make the trip to the Humane Society of North Iowa for nothing, you can view all available animals online.
Every September, dogs come from all over Iowa for the Iowa Dog Jog in Johnston, Iowa. The race is held in Terra Park and includes a 4k and 2k event.
Registration prices for humans range from $12 to $30, while dog registration fees range from $10 to $20. All human registrations include a race bib, medal, and food after the race. All dog registrations include a leash bib, medal, dog treats after the race, and a dog waste bag. The earlier you register, the cheaper the fees, and pUP-GRADED tickets include more goodies!
Proceeds from the event go to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.
October means that it is time for the Great Iowa Pet Expo in Des Moines, Iowa! The event takes place at the Iowa State Fairgrounds for a whole weekend. Watch demonstrations, get a caricature of your pet, and meet stray dogs and donkeys at the event.
On Saturday, the event runs from 10 am to 6 pm. On Sunday, doors open at 10 am and the event wraps up at 4 pm.
Admission is $8 per day for adults and $5 for seniors. Children between the ages of six and 12 get in for just $4. Children under six are admitted for free!
Head over to Tropical Sno Ames each August for the Dog Days of Summer event! You and your dog can enjoy discounted snow cones - and your pup’s will be free! There will be food for you and tons of treats for your pooch. Don’t miss out on the prize drawing. Nail trims will also be available for just $5 with proof of rabies and distemper vaccinations.
If you ride your bike to the event, which is held between 6 pm and 8 pm, your snow cone will be half price!
This fun event is held at the North Grand Mall.
Celebrate the 4th of July with DockDogs and Ames Pet Resort at the 4th of July Dockdiving event! Participants enjoy two days of fun while proving their dockdiving prowess. On July 3, registration and practice begin in the evening and the first two competitions open. On July 4, the real fun beings! All other competitions will take place on Saturday, including the finals.
Registration begins at $27 per team per event when pre-registered. Day-of registration will be $30 per team per event. The exception is the adult team Big Air competition, which is $12 per team in advance and $15 the day-of.
Each October, join the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine for the IRONDOG 5k Fun Run in Ada Hayden Park in Ames, Iowa. Bring your dog for a fun time and a bit of exercise! The race route goes around the Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake and boasts some beautiful views for you and your pooch to enjoy.
Registration begins the morning of the race at 9 am. Registration fees will be announced closer to the event date.
All proceeds from the event go toward the ISU IRONDOG Fund.