Muscatine area nonprofits receive grant funding from the Humane Society of the United States

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Three Muscatine area nonprofits received a total of $2,000 in grant funding from the Humane Society of the United States. The grant funds were announced to the organizations on Oct. 12 and made public shortly after.

The Muscatine Humane Society and It Takes A Village Rescue & Resources each received $750 grants, and For Pets’ Sake received $500. For Pets’s Sake is also working to identify supplies the nonprofit can distribute to the community, which will also be supplied by the Humane Society.

The funds were awarded by the Humane Society’s Iowa State Director, Preston Moore. The HSUS and Moore have held multiple events in Muscatine, the most recent in 2019, to discuss ongoing state legislation and to hear about animal issues from citizens.

“There’s something special about Muscatine,” said Moore: “When we held an event here in 2019 to discuss the then-pending HF737 we had a packed house at the downtown library, standing room only. People showed up to learn how to help. I’ve kept in touch with the organizations and people I met back then and we all worked together to get the cruelty bill passed. These grants are extension of that cooperation. We’re all doing what we can to help animals.”

Governor Kim Reynolds signed HF737, also known as the Community and Pet Protection Act, into law in May 2020. Moore recently assisted the Muscatine County Sheriff with an animal neglect case and provided them with guidance on the new law.

“This money will be used for our spay/neuter efforts.  Our rescue has recently launched a TNR group to help get our local feral cat population under control.  We are already making great progress, but we have a long way to go,” said Meagan Koehler, President of It Takes A Village Animal Rescue and Resources

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