Puff’s Journey

Puff3Puff, an Australian Shepherd puppy, was brought to the Cedar Bend Humane Society when he was only a few months old. He was believed to be blind and deaf, and his breeders didn’t know what to do with him.  They expected him to be euthanized.

We immediately saw Puff as more than just a “burden” and wanted to fight to find this little guy the home and family he deserved.  We began looking high and low for rescues, both locally and nationally, that specialized in training dogs like Puff to be adopted.

Training any puppy can be challenging, but when you can’t rely on not one, but two very valuable senses, new challenges arise.  It takes a group of specialized trainers to communicate effectively with blind and deaf dogs, to ensure that they get the help they need, and can eventually become candidates for adoption.

The photographer who took Puff’s photos, shared his story with her friends at Paws & Whiskers Photography.  Puff’s story received over 1,300 shares and reached over 62,000 people online.  CBHS was flooded with inquiries from individuals, families, and rescues ready and willing to open their hearts and homes to Puff.

Upon careful consideration and research, Green Dogs Unleashed, out of Troy, VA was selected as the right rescue for Puff.  They assembled a transport team, and Puff left Cedar Bend on December 26th, 2015 to head south.

We are thrilled to report that Puff has arrived safe and sound in VA, and is in great hands with a great rescue.

We will be sure to share any updates we receive on Puff’s training and progress.  Thank you so much to everyone who supported Puff and his journey–you made a real difference in the life of a dog who would have otherwise been forgotten.

Foster Home Needed

The Cedar Bend Humane Society is looking for a foster home for two kittens.

We will provide everything you need. We just need a home for the kittens until they are old enough to be adopted.

We expect the foster to last anywhere from three to five weeks. If you’re interested, please call 319-232-6887 and ask for Caitlyn.

You can also fill out a foster application on our website by clicking here.

Becoming a foster parent is a rewarding experience! You will have the opportunity to care for pets that need extra TLC prior to entering the Cedar Bend Humane Society’s adoption program.

Criteria to become a Foster Family

  • Love!
  • Time!
  • Dedication!
  • A safe and nurturing environment!
  • Attend the CBHS volunteer orientation!

What to expect from CBHS when you are a Foster Family

  • CBHS will provide all pet supplies needed for the care of your foster animal.
  • CBHS will provide all medical and veterinary care.
  • CBHS will provide support and animal care instructions.
  • CBHS will seek to place your foster pet in a wonderful new adoptive home!

29 Dogs Arrive at Cedar Bend Humane Society from ASPCA®

UPDATE — As of May 4th: 25 of the 29 dogs that arrived from the ASPCA on April 15th are adopted!

The pictures of the four available dogs are below.

You can see their full adoption profiles on our website: http://www.cedarbendhumane.org

THANK YOU so much for helping us find all our pets great homes! We appreciate your support.


The Cedar Bend Humane Society is partnering with the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) to help place dogs from rescue operations in Alabama, Arkansas, and South Carolina. The Cedar Bend Humane Society agreed to place 29 dogs. The dogs arrived in Waterloo on Wednesday, April 15. The dogs are a variety of size, age, and breed.

Please check www.cedarbendhumane.org soon for the pets’ profiles and Cedar Bend Humane Society on Facebook for further updates. Most of the dogs should be available for adoption within the next couple of days. If you’re interested in adopting, please look at the profiles on our website and fill out an application.

In late February, the ASPCA removed 100 dogs from an overwhelmed rescue group’s facility in Mountain View, Arkansas. The facility agreed to surrender the dogs due to its lack of sufficient resources. The majority of the dogs were never spayed or neutered and several were pregnant.

Approximately a week after rescuing dogs in Arkansas, the ASPCA was on the ground in Needham, Alabama assisting with the removal, medical, and transportation of more than 130 dogs. Many dogs suffered from hypothermia, dehydration, dental disease, and painful ocular damage resulting in blindness. The rescue operation was the result of an investigation prompted by numerous complaints about conditions at the breeding facility.






CBHS Partners with ASPCA to Place Seven Dogs from Florida

Photo Credit: ASPCA (Note: This dog was sent to another humane society.)

Photo Credit: ASPCA
(Note: This dog was sent to another humane society.)

The Cedar Bend Humane Society is partnering with the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) to help place rescued dogs. On February 10, seven dogs arrived at the Cedar Bend Humane Society. The dogs were surrendered to the ASPCA in October from Sabbath Memorial Dog Rescue Center in Okeechobee, Florida after a lack of sufficient resources and proper care led to the deterioration of the center and the conditions of the dogs.

Photo Credit: ASPCA (Note: This dog was sent to another humane society.)

Photo Credit: ASPCA
(Note: This dog was sent to another humane society.)

After receiving months of medical care and behavioral enrichment from the ASPCA at a temporary shelter, the dogs are now ready for new homes. CBHS is one of 13 humane societies partnering with the ASPCA to help place these dogs into loving homes.

The ASPCA routinely asks partner agencies for assistance in placing dogs. The seven dogs received include a shepherd, a hound mix, a bulldog mix, a pit bull mix, two lab mixes, and a Shar Pei mix. Many of the dogs will be available during the Cedar Bend Humane Society’s “Adopt the Love of Your Life” adoption marathon this Saturday, February 14 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event includes a “draw your discount” reduced adoption fee for dogs, and all cat adoption fees are just $20.

“We are so thankful to all the shelters who have agreed to help find homes for these dogs, some of whom are traveling more than 1,600 miles for the chance to be adopted,” said Jessica Rushin, senior partnerships manager, ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “We urge the local communities to open their hearts and homes to these dogs. They’ve had a hard start in life and have never known what it’s like to be someone’s pet.”

Thank you ASPCA for your dedication to helping animals. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with you!

Click here to read the previous press release sent out by the ASPCA.

Here are the seven dogs available for adoption through the Cedar Bend Humane Society. We are currently accepting applications for them. Most of the dogs should be ready to go home on Saturday. Click here to fill out an adoption application.