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Coon Rapids is in Central Iowa. At just over an hour away from Des Moines, this small town isn’t immune from the problem of homeless animals. Fortunately for these down-on-their-luck animals, there are a couple shelters nearby that can help them.

The People for Animal Welfare Society, also known as PAWS, is located about 17 miles away from Coon Rapids. PAWS is a non-profit organization that helps the homeless pets of Greene County Iowa by providing shelter, food, and medical care. While the group’s main focus is to care for homeless pets and find them new homes, it also helps educate the public on responsible pet ownership and rescue animals from abusive or neglectful situations. PAWS also provides low cost spay and neuter services for in-need pets in the area.

Animal Rescue of Carroll is a non-profit rescue organization that was founded in 2006. The organization cares for lost, homeless, and unwanted animals, while also providing educational services to local residents. While providing care for these animals, the group works hard to find new homes for them. Since 2006, the Animal Rescue of Carroll has found homes for more than 2,069 pets. To find this many animals new homes, the group relies on donations and foster families that can help care for animals until they are found permanent homes.

If you live in the Coon Rapids area and want to adopt a new pet, consider stopping by one of these animal shelters to give a lucky pet a new forever home.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Coon Rapids

  • Admission $12.00
    Month February
    Duration 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    #1 Hoops & Hounds


    Basketball games are fun time out with friends and family, and now your dog can join you at a basketball game, too! Come out to Wells Fargo Arena in February for the chance to watch the Iowa Wolves take on the Oklahoma City Blue with your pup.

    All tickets must be purchased in advance. Discounted tickets are available through the Animal Rescue League of Iowa for $12. All proceeds from these tickets go to helping the homeless animals at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa!

    All dogs must be older than 6 months and remained leashed throughout the game. No dogs in heat will be allowed in. Bring proof that your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations to get into the stadium.

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  • Admission $22.00
    Month September
    Duration 7:00 am Onward

    #2 Iowa Dog Jog


    The Iowa Dog Jog is a 4k and 2k run/walk event created for humans and their dogs! Head out to Terra Park in Johnston each September for this fun race. After the race, stick around for the after-party, which features games, vendor booths, giveaways, and more!

    Registration starts at $12 per person and $10 per dog. Standard registration includes a race bib, race medal, and post-race food for the humans. Dog registration includes a leash bib, race medal, post-race treats, and a dog waste bag. Select the pup-grade option for additional goodies including a shirt for both humans and their dogs! Extra-large dogs will receive a bandana. Dogs will also receive post-race food with the pup-grade.

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  • Admission $10.00
    Month April
    Duration 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    #3 Furry Friends Refuge Chili Cookoff


    Want to enjoy great chili, a day with your dog, and help out a great cause at the same time? If so, the Furry Friends Refuge Chili Cookoff is the event for you! Each April, Furry Friends Refuge hosts a chili cookoff on a select Saturday to help raise money to provide care for the animals at its shelter.

    For just $10, you can enjoy unlimited samples of chili and beer! Place your bids on great items during the silent auction, which includes MLB tickets, a spa basket, and more. Participate in the raffle to test your luck at winning some great prizes, too.

    Vote for your favorite chili by placing your donation in the corresponding jar. The top four earners will receive prizes and all donations go to Furry Friends.

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  • Admission $8.00
    Month October
    Duration Two Day Event

    #4 The Great Iowa Pet Expo


    Are you ready to take on a two-day pet event with your favorite pooch? The Great Iowa Pet Expo is a great opportunity to do just that! This event is held in October at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

    Watch fun demonstrations, compete in contests, and get a caricature drawing of your pet during the Great Iowa Pet Expo! There will be food and drinks available for purchase at the event, as well as clinics and training opportunities.

    Admission is just $8 per adult and $4 for children between the ages of six and 12. Dogs get in for free. 

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  • Admission $25.00
    Duration 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

    #5 Pedal for Paws


    Each May, bikers and their dogs hit the streets of Des Moines for a long-distance bike ride to raise money for the homeless pets at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa! 

    Check-in begins at 9 am and the rides start at 10 am. Choose to participate in either the 9.8- or 26.2-mile ride. During registration, enjoy a beer or Bloody Mary. You won’t get another chance until you reach the next bar! If you are participating in the longer ride, there are six stops, and each stop will last about an hour.

    Registration fees start at $25 per biker.

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