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Iowa County animal shelter in need of help

IOWA COUNTY (KWWL) - For the past few years, Safe Haven of Iowa County has called a barn south of the Amana Colonies home.

"Three years ago we moved here, and it was completely open," said founder and director Rinthea Satterlee. "So, we had to include all the walls and all the individual havens, to make it more suitable for the animals."

But the owners of the 12-acre plot of land on which the barn sits, are selling. Satterlee is thankful that the owners let her set up shop here, but now she's in a race to find new homes for the nearly one-hundred animals living in the barn.

"We're trying to find several mobile homes that people would be willing to donate in exchange for a tax we can move the cats temporarily into mobile homes at our new site."

The new 15-acre site is about three miles south of Williamsburg. Satterlee hopes to have a permanent dog kennel built there by this fall. In the meantime, the six dogs currently in-residence will need foster homes. The cats would stay in mobile homes for a few years, until enough money can be raised to build a permanent cat sanctuary, which would be added on to the dog kennel.

"We're looking for people that have extra [pet] carriers, and time to be able to come help us move all the animals, once we get the mobile homes on the new site."

Everything will need to be moved out by mid-May, and she's looking for help.

"We have furnaces, water heaters, and utility items that we'll have to move to the new location."

There's a lot of work to be done, but she says it will all be worth it to keep these furry friends happy and healthy.

Safe Haven will need about $150,000 dollars to get their new permanent facility.

If you want to help safe haven, you can visit their website at, or send them a donation through the mail: SHIC, Box 444, Williamsburg, IA 52361. Please indicate "New Building Fund" on your check.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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