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NW Iowa animal shelter finds a new home

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The shelter is still under construction, but they plan on adding more "colonies" seen here to house cats up for adoption. The shelter is still under construction, but they plan on adding more "colonies" seen here to house cats up for adoption.

It's takes time to find pets new homes after they're given up.  One shelter in a small farming community was given a month to move, or otherwise get rid of all their animals.

It seemed impossible until community members and pet lovers from near and far came to the rescue of the Safe Haven Animal Shelter in Havelock, Iowa.

"They're there to greet me when I get home, and I know they depend on me," Joan Dreith said.

Joan Dreith, a pet owner in Pocahontas says her adopted cats are like members of her family. They keep her company and show her a lot of affection.

"Well when I watch TV and I'm sitting there by myself, I have two little warm bodies on each side of me," Drieth said.

Dreith says there's a real need for an animal shelter in her community.

"There are a lot of people who have pets and they are just wonderful to them, but there are people who aren't able to take care of their pets," Drieth said.

When she heard that the Safe Haven Animal Shelter was in search of a new home, she was as worried as the workers there.

"We had received a notice in June to remove our animals from the property because the neighbors where complaining about odor," Pam Orr Co-Director of the Safe Haven Animal Shelter in Havelock, Iowa said.

And in August, Orr learned the shelter had to move. Workers scrambled to find a new place and get it ready.

"We were able to get the property we got it on September 7th, and we had no indoor plumbing. No lights no well no nothing," Orr said.

Around the same time, word got out about the shelter's troubles, and that's when it received an outpouring of support from people near and far.

"It meant a lot for people to come out and help us, to get the animals saved in town, and it wasn't just only helping the animals out, it was just helping with everything...the cash donations, people were bringing paint," Gerda Faith a manager at the shelter said.

Though the hard part with moving is over, Orr says the work to find pets new homes is never ending.

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