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Find Your Best Friend at Dogs Forever – Meet our adoptable dogs

Fees

Our adoption fees are on a sliding scale; choose the amount that’s right for you. Fees for senior dogs (7 years and older) are on a sliding scale of $90 to $125;  fees for dogs 1-6 years are on a sliding scale of $125-$175; fees for dogs under 1 year of age are $150-$200.

If you are 65 years or older, the adoption fee is waived when you adopt a senior dog. All Dogs Forever dogs have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated against rabies and distemper/parvo, tested for heartworm and Lyme disease, and microchipped.

Process

If you are interested in one of our dogs, please e-mail us at dogsforever@netins.net. An application and a home visit are part of the adoption process. We have an all-volunteer staff and most of us have “day jobs” so it usually takes around one week to process an application.

Location

Dogs Forever Safe Place moved to a new location on February 23, 2013: 809 Rockford Road SW. We are open to the public 10-2 every Saturday. Come and meet our dogs, learn about volunteer opportunities and shop in our store next door, at 817 Rockford Road SW. If you want to meet one of our dogs but Saturday isn’t a good time, you can set up an after-hours appointment. Contact us at dogsforever@netins.net or 319-481-0977.

Senior Dogs

Our priority at Dogs Forever is to identify senior dogs (generally, seven years and older) who are being held at shelters or at vet clinics in counties without shelters. As long as a dog is of good temperament and we have an opening , we will accept the dog regardless of size or breed. Once the dog is with Dogs Forever, we will provide veterinary care and begin the process of matching the dog with a senior citizen through our “Seniors for Seniors” program. However, any person 21 years or older can adopt a senior dog; you are not required to be a senior person to adopt a senior dog.

Adult Dogs

Dogs Forever works with reputable rescues to identify adult dogs that are at risk of being euthanized at shelters. While our focus is on networking and arranging transport for dogs from shelters to rescues, we do sometimes have foster dogs of our own and up to four dogs at our Dogs Forever Safe Place in Cedar Rapids. While our foster dogs and Safe Place dogs are are no longer at risk of being euthanized, the fact remains that the sooner they are adopted, the sooner a dog can be moved from “death row” at a shelter to the safety of Dogs Forever. Please spread the word that our dogs need homes!

Available Dogs

 . Piper .
 . Piper .  . Piper .
  • Cane Corso Mastiff
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
Helloooooo nice person! I'm Piper; who are you? You say you're looking for a dog??? That's amazing! Because I am a dog! You say you knew that? That you came here to the rescue group looking for ME? Truly? You saw me online or on a poster and said I was a UNBELIEVABLY BEAUTIFUL brindle girl who needed someone JUST LIKE THEM to be totally happy for the rest of her life? Well, isn't that awesome! I guess that means we're going to be best friends FOREVER! I am a big love bug who can share you with another big dog but puh-leeze let's not have any little dogs or cats. And to think it all started with a picture.
Adult, Female, Large
 . Dutch .
 . Dutch .  . Dutch .  . Dutch .
  • Boxer
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
Well hello there! My name is Dutch and I'm here at Dogs Forever because my owner can't care for me anymore. The folks at the shelter are nice to me but I would really like to go to a home where I can have my own people and get lots of love and attention. I'm 10 years old and weigh 75 lbs. Do you think you have room in your heart and your home for a guy like me?
Senior, Male, Large
 . Sadie .
 . Sadie .  . Sadie .
  • Husky
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
Sadie's owner could no longer keep her so we welcomed her into our shelter with open arms. She is 6 years old. Sadie is fine with cats and other dogs. She was living in a home with two children and was fine with them as well. Let us know if you'd like to meet her!
Adult, Female, Large
 . Romeo .
 . Romeo .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? He's at Dogs Forever, silly! This big guy loves to get belly rubs and is a big softy at heart. He was found running down the middle of Hwy 30 in sub-zero weather. This sweetie deserves a loving home and we hope you will give him a chance!
Adult, Male, Large
 . Benny .
 . Benny .  . Benny .  . Benny .
  • Black Labrador Retriever
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
Hello there, my name is Benny and I'm a 4 year old hunk of burning love! My mama had some bad things happen and ended up without a place to live, so she brought me to Dogs Forever to make sure that I would find a good home. I really love older kids and other dogs, so I would be a perfect fit for just about any home. I don't bark and I also don't chew things up, so I don't see any reason why you wouldn't want to take me home. Contact Dogs Forever to get things started. I'll be waiting to meet you!
Adult, Male, Large
 . Daisy2 .
 . Daisy2 .  . Daisy2 .  . Daisy2 .
  • German Shepherd Dog, Husky
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
Daisy is a sweet gal looking for a forever home. She is in a foster home right now and is doing great there but would really like a family to call her own. Is that you? Since Daisy was a stray, we are guessing at her breed and age.
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Jeffy .
 . Jeffy .  . Jeffy .  . Jeffy .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
I'm so glad you stopped to read my profile! My name is Jeffy and I'm amazing, if I do say so myself. I'm a ball of energy and I love to entertain. I guarantee that I will make you laugh out loud on a regular basis. I'm pretty good at snuggling too. I like other dogs and don't mind an occasional cat either. So as you can see, I'm pretty much the best dog ever! I think you should meet me to see for yourself. Let Dogs Forever know if you'd like to adopt me. Thanks!
Young, Male, Medium
 . Grizzly .
 . Grizzly .  . Grizzly .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
Grizz is a pit bull, 45 lbs., a little over a year old. He is housetrained and a smart little guy but he has been living in a chaotic house and needs a stable foster home without small kids. He needs an experienced dog handler to teach him manners and give him security through consistency. Grizz is crazy for chasing tennis balls. For more info, e-mail nancycrist@netins.net.
Young, Male, Medium
 . Daisy .
 . Daisy .  . Daisy .  . Daisy .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Prefers home without dogsPrefers home without cats
DAISY is a very pretty and friendly girl, likely a pit bull terrier mix. She has the typical love of life that is a pit bull standard. She enjoys the company of people and tackles every day with a smile and a great attitude. She is a young adult under 3 years of age and 60 lbs. She was picked up as a stray in CR. Dogs Forever took her into its care on 9-6-13 because the local animal control was full, putting dogs at risk of being euthanized. Daisy is best as an only dog.
Young, Female, Medium
 . Noah .
 . Noah .  . Noah .  . Noah .
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Prefers home without cats
NOAH is an affectionate and energetic boy who loves to play with Casey, who is at the same foster home. He is a 70-lb. dog, 6-year-old pit bull terrier. Noah has been waiting a long time and it is so unfair that he does not have a family or person of his own. Noah has not been around kids so he needs to find an adult-only home. He should be the only male dog, but he is very good with most females, even bossy ones!Can you provide a safe and loving home for this deserving boy?
Adult, Male, Large
 . Casey .
 . Casey .  . Casey .  . Casey .
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Prefers home without cats
CASEY is a 6-year-old, 70-lb. female American Staffordshire Terrier (DNA tested). Her resume is hard to beat: She is gorgeous, friendly, good with kids and a happy happy girl. She is also a skilled mouser. Casey is good with most dogs when properly introduced. Her favorite buddy is Noah, a pit bull being fostered at the same home. Casey is very high energy and needs daily exercise. She would be happiest in a home with a fenced yard.
Adult, Female, Large
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