CBHS Cats Enjoy Kitty’s Garden

We used your donated Fresh Step Paw Points to purchase a Kitty’s Garden for each of our cat rooms.

The Kitty’s Garden is loaded with vitamins to help a cat’s digestive system, prevent hairballs, and provide mental and physical stimulation.

If your cat eats household plants, this provides a tastier, nontoxic alternative.

Garden includes:

  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Rye
  • Wheat

We watched our Kitty’s Gardens grow from seeds.




ResQwalk App: Walk to Help Homeless Pets

Helping homeless pets is now as easy as taking your dog on a walk. How great is that?!

CBHS is now part of ResQwalk. It’s a mobile app that enables you to raise money for homeless animals and earn prizes every time you go for a walk. (Hopefully you’re walking with a pet!)

ResQwalk launched in the summer of 2014 by Bailey Schroeder. The app was created to give people an easy way to donate to animal welfare organizations. With the popularity of fitness and walking apps, Schroeder saw an opportunity to appeal to animal lovers who might be short on time and money but still wanted to make a difference for animals.

The app tracks the distance walked. Each walker’s distance is recorded in the user profile and added to the rescue’s weekly sum. At the end of the week, donations are paid out to the rescues proportionally to the total distance walked.

At the end of every walk, the user is offered a reward that, when redeemed, helps fund future donation pools.

Here’s how it works:

1. Download the ResQwalk app onto your smartphone

2. Open the app and log in through Facebook or Twitter


3. Go to “Choose a Specific Rescue” at the bottom of the screen


4. Search for and then select Cedar Bend Humane Society


5. Make sure your GPS is on, then click on Start Walk


Your distance will be tracked and added to our total.

Thanks for taking your dog on a walk and helping homeless pets!

Click here for the ResQwalk site.

Click here to read an article written about the app on the Forbes site.

FURever Home Friday: Pooh

One of the quotes attributed to Winnie the Pooh is “Some people care too much, I think it’s called love.”

The Pooh Bear at the Cedar Bend Humane Society is a cat, but he’s hoping he’ll find someone to love him very soon.

Pooh is about four years old. He arrived at the humane society in June of last year. He’s gray and white, and he loves attention. Just pet his fur, and Pooh is your new buddy.

Pooh also enjoys having his fur brushed, and he likes to look out windows to see what’s going on.

If you open a bag of treats, be prepared for him to come running. He’s a very sweet and affectionate cat looking for someone who will cuddle up on the furniture with him.

Will you give Pooh his FURever home? Visit the Cedar Bend Humane Society at 1166 W. Airline Highway in Waterloo to meet Pooh and to fill out an adoption application. We’re open all weekend from 10 to 5. Pooh (cat)

Furry Figures: January and February 2015

We want to share some of our “Furry Figures” so you know how your support is helping animals. The stats will be shared during the second week of each month on Facebook and on our blog.

You’ll see numbers for adoptions, spays & neuters, rescue exchanges, sick or injured animals, and lost animals reunited with their owners.

We’ll start with the “Furry Figures” from both January & February 2015.

Thanks for helping us help animals! We couldn’t do any of this without your continued support.


Spay or Neutered

Rescue Exchanges

Sick and Injured With Cat


Update: Good News for Dixie!


We want to share some good news with you regarding Dixie. She is the black lab mix picked up by Black Hawk Animal Control after being hit by a car and stranded in the cold for at least two days.

An initial examination and x-rays by a local vet showed Dixie had a broken pelvis. We sent a copy of the x-ray to a specialist in Des Moines who determined surgery would cost around $2,000. We made efforts to raise the money as soon as possible so there wouldn’t be any financial delay in getting the surgery done.

We transported Dixie to Des Moines for her consultation and surgery with Dr. Brent Reimer with Iowa Veterinary Referral Center (IVRC). After evaluating Dixie and taking additional x-rays, Dr. Reimer determined the pelvis was already forming a callus and the healing process was starting. Dr. Reimer said it would be in Dixie’s best interest not to undergo surgery as this injury would heal on its own. We were happy to receive his recommendation because this was good news for Dixie!


Dixie is currently in a foster home. She is on crate rest to limit her mobility while the injury heals, but she is able to walk and get around. She is also on pain and anti-inflammatory medications. Dixie will continue to be monitored to make sure further medical attention isn’t required. She may always have a slight limp, but there’s no reason to believe she won’t make a full recovery from this injury.

We received more than $3,200 in donations to help cover the cost of surgery and rehabilitation for Dixie. We are truly grateful for your incredible support!

While we expected the money raised to go to Dixie’s surgery, the money you donated will still be used to help injured and sick animals at our shelter. We currently have two animals, Nacho and Six, who need to be treated for heartworms. That treatment will cost us between $700 and $800. So this good news for Dixie is also good news for other pets whose treatments may have been delayed without this financial assistance you have provided us with.

Thank you for your donations and support. MANY animals are getting the help they need because of YOU. We appreciate all you do for our homeless pets!

Please continue to check our Facebook page and blog for updates as Dixie recovers from her injury.

Office Visit to Visual Logic

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Visual Logic in downtown Waterloo invited us to bring some of our pets to their office.
We took four dogs (Piper, Nacho, Pluto, & Reesie) to visit the employees at Visual Logic.
Our furry friends got lots of snuggles, treats, and affection from the employees.
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The dogs also got to enjoy some time romping around Lincoln Park in downtown Waterloo.
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Did you know spending time with animals on a regular basis reduces depression and anxiety levels? It also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.
Translation = Improved office morale and productivity!
In addition, it’s great for us to get our pets out in the community and around new people.
If you’re interested in having some Cedar Bend Humane Society pets visit your office, please call 319-232-6887. Our pets would love a chance to visit you at work.
Thanks to Visual Logic for a great visit with our pets!
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FURever Home Friday: Ella

We’ve said it before, but here’s more proof the Cedar Bend Humane Society helps find homes for animals other than cats and dogs.

This furry friend is Ella, and she’s a rat!

She’s about three years old, and she loves spending time on your shoulders and neck. She’s very friendly and quite entertaining!

According to the ASPCA, rats do best in wire cages like this one Ella is using in our adoption center. Wire cages with solid bases are best for rats because they enjoy climbing and there’s good ventilation.

While many rats like being around other rats, Ella enjoys having a cage all to herself.

A bored rat is an unhappy rat, so besides a way to climb, it’s important to provide toys.

Ella is also a big fan of dog biscuits. You can watch her take one to her little hideout.

A rat may not be the first pet that comes to mind when you’re thinking of a furry friend… but Ella will make a great companion!

Her adoption fee is just $10 (the cage is not included).

Will you give Ella her FURever home? Visit the Cedar Bend Humane Society in Waterloo to meet Ella and to fill out an adoption application.

We’re open every day except Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.