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Dogs Forever Safe Place opens to help save homeless pets


Lexi the dog loves people, but she's an older dog and had trouble getting adopted from a local shelter. Now, she's at Dogs Forever Safe Place in Cedar Rapids.

"My husband and I love dogs," said Nancy Crist.

Nancy Crist and her husband Mike are offering Safe Place for dogs at risk of being put down. The dogs get to stay there while another plan is figured out.

"There's so many thousands of dogs that come through some of the shelters, obviously through no fault of their own, they can't keep them indefinitely," said Crist.

Some surrenders will be accepted, but the Crists plan to focus their attention on helping animals already in shelters or ones at vet clinics in towns without shelters. Those dogs in immediate danger of being euthanized.

They plan to look for another rescue to take the dogs, or hopefully adopt the dogs out themselves.

"We only have four kennels, but that's better than no kennels. So it's a start, and we're really excited to be helping dogs," said Nancy Crist.

Safe Place is opening its doors to the public for the first time Saturday. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can see some of the animals or shop at an in-house store. There's also a memory wall. For a $25 donation, a picture and short description of your lost pet is posted on the wall for 30 days.

Nancy and Mike Crist have worked with homeless animals for more than ten years. They hope Safe Place gives many dogs another chance at finding a forever home.

Dogs Forever Safe Place is located at 3800 Wilson Ave. S.W. in Cedar Rapids. It's open every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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