Furry Friends Refuge expands into Des Moines

By on August 12, 2015

On top of the no-kill communities it has already established, Furry Friends Refuge animal shelter has expanded into Des Moines. And though the Grand Opening for the new shelter has passed, we’re sharing the news for Des Moines animal lovers to spread awareness for this growing, important organization. Below, read words from the shelter about the new digs.





DES MOINES, Iowa — Furry Friends Refuge animal shelter has established no-kill communities in West Des Moines, Clive, and Urbandale, but there are still plenty of central Iowa pets who need help.

For that reason, the West Des Moines-based nonprofit opened an adoption center in downtown Des Moines, at 1723 Grand Ave., on June 16. The expansion will allow Furry Friends to bring the no-kill equation to neighboring cities, as part of its effort to make all of Polk County and its connected metro areas no-kill.

In particular, the new facility seeks to connect homeless pets with animal lovers at Des Moines’ thriving downtown employers: On weekdays, it is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., making it the perfect place to spend your lunch break, as well as from 4 to 8 p.m.

The adoption center is also open on weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., so cat lovers out running errands are welcome to spend some time in the spacious communal rooms with a midday coffee or tea — make it the Midwest’s first cat cafe!

Cats, kittens, and dogs all make their home at Furry Friends’ downtown location; adoption fees vary but always include microchipping, spay/neuter, and most basic shots. Additionally, some of our cats have been sponsored by generous donors, meaning there is no charge to take them home.

For more information about Furry Friends Refuge’s locations, available animals, and no-kill mission, please visit FurryFriendsRefuge.org, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (@FurryFriendsRe1) and Instagram (furry_friends_refuge).


Furry Friends Refuge is a nonprofit humane organization serving the animals of West Des Moines, Urbandale, and Clive. The volunteer-supported group has built and maintained no-kill communities — meaning a live-release rate of well over 90 percent — in those municipalities for the past two years. It cares for 150 to 250 animals on an average day on a shoestring budget.


Pets in Des Moines looks forward to spreading the word about Furry Friends’s events, promotions and much more. In the meantime, you can follow Furry Friends by using the links provided below!

Twitter@FurryFriendsRe1 | Facebook/ffrefuge | Instagram: furry_friends_refuge

About Eric Forrest

Eric Forrest is a student, teacher, writer and dad. He's had 5 dogs, 4 cats, two ducks and a cottontail rabbit he nursed back to health. When he's not writing about pets, he's writing essays, teaching literature, changing diapers and reading short stories.

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