The history of the ARF group begin we believe in 1997. Documents show in 2004 the group got the dog park up and running at Veteran's Park in Algona. They also cleaned up and improved the city pound and worked to get an animal control contact person. They frequently had spay and neuter clinics.
In 2009 there was a shift in members. The Homeward Bound group combined with Kossuth Animal Rescue between 2009-2010. This created a special savings project for a shelter and another project for operations (spay/neuter/vet care, insurance, other expenses).
Animal rescue can be extremely stressful and can become overwhelming. This comes from a lack of support and resources. Often volunteers are inundated with animals who need care. Other people don't necessarily understand the strong desire to help however you can. Sometimes at extreme personal sacrifice. This is why rescues sometimes have large turnover. We hope to keep this group successful by dividing work evenly, working with our partners.
We encourage you to contact your city and county leaders to support our mission and cause. We are reducing stress and resource needs but not receiving any assistance or even thanks in return.