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Paws on Your Heart Pet Rescue Endowment

At a Glance

  • Supports organizations that rescue pets
  • Supports services that help pet owners

About Us

Pet rescue services, if they exist at all, operate with never-enough funding from a limited number of sources. Adoption fees cover only a small fraction of rescue expenses; donations and other funding need to cover the rest. The Paws on Your Heart Pet Rescue endowment fund was set up to make such donations, in the form of annual grants, to support the good work of deserving pet rescue services in Iowa.

Most such services are devoted to rescuing pets. These pets may be strays, owner surrenders, rescues during natural disasters, retired breeders, or rescues involving hoarded, abandoned, or maltreated pets. In many cases, they may also be transfers from other animal shelters. This happens if the other shelter is overcrowded, if the pet is approaching its euthanasia date, or if the pet is sick or injured and the shelter lacks the space, time, experience, and/or funds to take care of them.

Medical care is a common need. At a minimum, funds are needed for spaying or neutering – an important effort to help to control overpopulation and to prevent more litters of unwanted pets. In addition, funds may be needed for veterinary expenses to pay for such things as orthopedic repairs; tumor removal; control of infections or allergies; treatment of pneumonia, parvovirus, and chronic diseases; and more.

In addition, some rescues provide considerable services to their communities. Examples include free vaccination clinics for community-owned pets, and donations of pet supplies following natural disasters.

To help address needs like these, our Paws on Your Heart Pet Rescue endowment was started by our family and has been supplemented by our generous donors. While our grants will never be “huge windfalls” to their recipients, we hope to reach deserving rescues for whom a small grant that they did not have to work to get, will be appreciated. By making a donation to our endowment, you can join us in supporting great rescue groups that are helping neglected pets and are saving their lives, here in Iowa, one dog at a time.

To assure that you can PARTICIPATE in seeing your gift in action, we send a letter to all donors each Dec, showcasing photos and success stories about the good rescue work of our current grantees. We promise you that these stories will be memorable!


This endowment fund will provide grants to non-profit organizations that provide pet rescue or support services for pet owners in Iowa. While help for any pet may qualify for a grant, priority will be given to supporting organizations that rescue DOGS and/or provide services to DOG owners.

Basic Information


563 880-6166


726 Acre Street Guttenberg, IA 52052


Susi Nehls

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Success Story

In Sep 2021, when a call went out to help dogs displaced by Hurricane Ida, our 2021 grantee, K9 Kindness Rescue, said yes immediately! Two groups of dogs arrived from OK. The 4 shown here needed to be spayed or neutered. All were also heartworm positive. Heartworm disease, which is completely preventable, is sadly common in the south, and treating it is costly and takes several months. But these dogs completed this treatment while staying in the rescue’s foster homes, and all were eventually adopted. Four lives saved!

Fund Details

Fund Name

Paws on Your Heart Pet Rescue Endowment

Year Founded


Here for you. Molly Moser Affiliate Communications Manager 563-588-2700

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Paws on Your Heart Pet Rescue Endowment