Friends Helping Friends Foundation
The Friends Helping Friends Foundation is a new community non-profit founded to have a profound impact on the quality of life for both the citizens of our community and our four-legged friends.
Our 501(c)(3) organization leads in resource development and advocacy for the success of Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control. Our goals are to organize and execute strategic fundraising events, with the hopes of reaching, educating and engaging the community to ensure the welfare of pets and animals in Cedar Rapids. Additionally, our volunteer board helps allocate necessary funding to emergency animal care, tests and operations, and supplies for Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control.
The Foundation organizes smaller fundraising events annually including wine tastings, silent auctions, and open houses, and orchestrates two large events each year:
“Paws in the Park,” our annual 5K fun-run/dog walk scheduled at the end of September in Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids.
“Paws for Love,” a three-hour Valentine’s gala event complete with sweet and savory food stations, silent auction items and live music.
These events and resulting funds have been allocated specifically to Cedar Rapids Animal Control to fund necessities such as vaccination clinics, microchip clinics, medical equipment, extra veterinary care, amenities for animal comfort, and advertising campaigns with the ultimate goal of helping animals find their forever homes.
Friends Helping Friends Foundation has supported so far:
- Fencing for outdoor exercise runs
- Cat condo furniture – Kuranda towers and chairs
- Ceiling mount surgical light
- Surgery for Elfie and Annabelle cat
- Eye exams and treatment for Moose
- Rabies and microchip clinics
- Pet First Aid Workshop
Friends Helping Friends future projects:
- Kuranda beds for all the adoptable dog kennels
- Training programs for staff/volunteers/public
- Continued rabies/microchip clinics
- Housing for pocket pets and other critters
- Otoscope and dental equipment for the surgical suite
- Webcam equipment for the kitty condo