Jasper County Animal Rescue League and Humane Society 
Mission

The Jasper County Animal Rescue League and Humane Society provides a haven for homeless animals in Jasper County, IA and surrounding areas. We strive to save every life possible utilizing the most progressive sheltering practices and lifesaving programs. We strive to find responsible, loving and permanent homes for all of the animals in our care and to engage  the community through education and promotion of more respectful relationship between human and animal.

History


Mrs. Irma Callison owned a grocery store with her husband, but she was better known as the "Cat Lady".  Irma would be concerned when she heard of a dog or cat running loose, so she would find the animal and simply bring it home.  This was the day and age when stray animals were shot on sight if they could not be caught or its owner was not immediately found.


In 1957, The Newton Animal Rescue League and Humane Society was chartered.  Irma loved the animals dearly, but over a period of time it became quite a task to care for all of the animals.   It was during this time that June Anderson became acquainted with Irma and would do a variety of tasks.  In 1973, June volunteered as the League's first humane officer.  She would receive calls from the police department and respond to citizen complaints regarding everything from a dog being neglected to an elephant being tied to a parking meter on the Newton Square.  June was a dedicated volunteer humane officer for 19 years.


Over the years, the League has changed hands and grown in spite of its lack of funding, space, and equipment.  In 1997, the shelter was in danger of being shut down due to overcrowding.  It was then that a volunteer fundraising group was formed, a director hired, and shelter operations expanded to include Jasper County.


In 2000, Jasper County Animal Rescue League and Humane Society was created with a very big thank you to the dedicated volunteers, who like Irma, had a passion for helping all animals.


Animal Control Services
The Jasper County Animal Rescue League and Humane Society provides animal control services for all of Jasper County, IA. If you are in need of assistance from animal control within Jasper County please call the Jasper County Non-Emergency line at (641)792.5412 

We also provide pick-up services for the cities of Mitchellville and Grinnell. If you are in need of assistance from animal control please contact the local law inforcement for immediate assistance. 
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