AUDUBON COUNTY, Iowa — Thirteen dogs in need of veterinary care were removed from a residential property in Exira on Tuesday.
The ARL said they found the dogs outside the property in a muddy, chain-link dog run, covered in a tarp that was sagging with water collected from overnight rain.
“We could tell instantly that many of these dogs had not been well-socialized, but what we heard next broke our hearts: some of these dogs, all adults, had never even had names, said ARL CEO Tom Colvin. “They were extremely shy and many appeared to have never walked on a leash before, so we worked slowly and carefully with each one to load them into the ARL Rescue Van for their drive back to a fresh start.”
The ARL said most of the dogs have fleas, skin and ear infections, parasites and their toenails have grown so long it is painful for them to walk. One dog has an infection that has left nearly half her body covered with cracked, painful skin.
The ARL is working to give the dogs medical care so they can eventually be ready for adoption.
Donations to help with the dogs’ care and medical treatments can be made here.
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Animal Rescue League of Iowa continues to find kittens inside the hoarding home in Madrid. So far, they have found 176 living and 194 deceased, but those numbers are expected to increase.
The ARL said the kittens from the Madrid home will not be up for adoption or fostering for a while because they are still under medical quarantine. But the ARL has more than 1,100 cats already in their shelter that they need to find homes for. Adopting an animal is a big decision, so if you are on the fence, the ARL recommends fostering.
Fostering an animal helps clear out space.
“Our biggest need right now is space, we have so many cats that are ready for homes, we just don’t have enough homes right now that are raising their hands and taking them home to adopt. So, fostering can give us a little breathing room,” Animal Rescue League of Iowa Spokesperson Stephanie Filer said.
If you intend to adopt a cat but are worried you might not pick the right one, they have a program called ‘rent a cat.’ This is where you can take home a cat and you have 60 days or fewer to see if it is the right fit. If it is not you can bring the cat back to the ARL and pick out a different one.
If you just want to foster a cat, there is another program called a cat staycation where you can foster a cat for 30, 60, or 90 days.
“If you’re going on vacation or can’t have them while you’re out of town, we can take them back and hold them while you’re on vacation. So we’re basically doing the reverse, you’re watching them while you can and then we’ll watch them when you can’t,” Filer said.
The ARL said fostering a cat helps them understand how the cat behaves in the home and gives it more exposure to potentially get adopted.
“Hopefully the foster homes can then find permanent homes for the cat that they’re fostering through their own sphere, through their own friends or maybe their own home,” Filer said.
But out of so many animals at the ARL, making a choice can be overwhelming. The ARL created a “Meet Your Match” program on their website to help you out.
“They can fill out information about their lifestyle and other pets in their home and what they are looking for in their cat and we have cat experts who know these cats and can match them up and narrow down that selection to just a few,” Filer said.
If you want to check out the available cats, you can go to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa’s website to see all of their pictures and bios. Then go to the ARL in person and meet the animal. You can sign foster or adoption papers and take them home that day.
POLK COUNTY, Iowa – The number of live cats rescued from a horrific case of animal hoarding in rural Madrid continues to climb.
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa says since the initial rescue on June 4th, where 79 cats were rescued, 97 more cats from the property have been taken into their care. That brings the total to 176 living cats.
Unfortunately, 194 deceased cats have also been found on the property.
The ARL says they know more cats are on the property thanks to trail cams that have been put up. They are working with Polk County officials to extend a warrant, which expired Sunday, that would allow them to get back on the property to rescue the remaining cats.
“We knew on Day 1 with the amount of debris and with HUNDREDS of cats on the property that this was going to have to be a multi-day rescue,” said Tom Colvin, CEO for the ARL. “We continue to catch about a dozen more cats each day, but with so many new people on the property and countless hiding spots, the rescue continues for those who have been hiding.”
Dennis Carlson is charged in the case. He faces one charge of animal neglect – death or serious injury which is a serious misdemeanor, as well as five charges of animal neglect – no death or serious injury and three charges of failure to dispose of a dead animal which are simple misdemeanors.
The ARL is asking for help to care for the cats from the Madrid rescue – you can learn how to help here.
Over the weekend a special “name your own price” adoption event was held to help clear some of the animals the ARL is already caring for from the shelter in order to make room for the Madrid cats.
A total of 112 pets were adopted, 82 of which were cats.
The ARL is extending the adoption event through June 16th for cats and dogs six months or older.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Even four days after the initial rescue, the Animal Rescue League is still pulling out kittens from 65-year-old Dennis Carlson’s home in Madrid. Now with up to more than 150 cats found, the space inside the shelter is getting tight.
“We already had 1,100 cats in our care, which is about 400 more than we typically had this time of year and then we get the call that there were hundreds on a property that needed help immediately,” Animal Rescue League spokesperson Stephanie Filer said. “We have a lot of very young kittens and a lot of sick kittens, so this batch of over now 150, we will not be having them up for adoption anytime soon.”
But the Animal Rescue League said in order to help those kittens, a chain reaction needs to happen.
“That’s to adopt and foster the ones that are available now, which is over 200 cats and kittens, and then we can have the ones that are waiting for space in adoption to move up and then move these guys into the building once they’re cleared medically,” Filer said.
This weekend the Animal Rescue League is hosting their Name Your Price Adoption event for cats and dogs six months or older at all of their locations.
“We also know that adding a new pet to your home can be a cost burden, you pay the adoption fee, you have to sometimes get all the supplies if you haven’t had that species in your home yet, you definitely have to get more food,” Filer said.
But Patty Bierman from Clive said the potential reduced price wasn’t the reason she was adopting a cat Saturday.
“It really didn’t matter; I just know that the older cats need to get adopted so when those kittens get ready there’s room for them,” Bierman said.
Each cat is spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. That’s a big selling point for the Klemp family, who is naming their newly adopted cat, “Squirt, because he’s cute and he’s little and my wife just fell in love with him immediately,” Steve Klemp said.
The name your price adoption event wraps up Saturday at 6 p.m. But it will continue Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at every Animal Rescue League location.
If you are planning to adopt, bring a photo ID with your current address. You can also bring kids and other pets to see how they interact with the animals.
IOWA — The Animal Rescue League of Iowa removed hundreds of living and dead cats from multiple buildings at a central Iowa residence Tuesday, according to a post on the organization’s Facebook.
Nearly 100 living cats and nearly 200 dead cats were recovered. Cats are still being rescued from the residence.
The ARL said they observed dozens of cats pressed up against open windows, trying to get fresh air. Air quality levels were so toxic inside the house that rescuers were required to wear respirators and protective suits and only remain in the house for 30 minutes at a time.
According to the ARL, multiple feet of feces and garbage covered every square inch of the home, including kitchen counters. They said dead cats filled refrigerators and freezers, sitting alongside the owner’s food.
“This is by far the worst hoarding case ARL Iowa has seen in more than 10 years. It’s absolutely horrendous. I don’t even have the words to describe how bad this is.” said ARL CEO Tom Colvin. “We were already over capacity prior to this rescue with more than 1,100 cats in our care, so we are going to need a lot of help from the public with this one.”
The ARL has not yet released the address of the residence but said more information will be released Wednesday.
DES MOINES, Iowa — For the second time in just one week, dozens of cats and kittens were rescued from what animal control officers believe to be another animal hoarding situation.
The Animal Rescue League said many of them were rescued Wednesday afternoon from a Des Moines south side home.
Animal control officers brought all 24 of them to the ARL for immediate care.
The cats are facing multiple health issues, including upper respiratory infections, ear mites and one cat was even drooling blood from an untreated dental issue.
Animal Control Officer Kris Wilder said the house smelled like urine, litter boxes were full and cat feces was all over the floor.
After rescuing 26 cats last Wednesday and taking on 24 more during this incident, the ARL said they will need some help.
“It pushes up our numbers. We will do the best that we can for these animals. It’s exactly what I told her [the previous owner], we’re going to do the best that we can. It’s going to fill our numbers up. We’re going to use cat food up. We’re going to use canned food that we need for these guys. And the care, it’s going to cost a lot of money, so anything will help. And we’ll go from there,” Wilder said.
The ARL said the owner turned herself in and reached out to them for assistance.
Investigators said the owner has been cited for a similar incident in the past.
Her name isn’t being released as the investigation is ongoing.