Shelter Closed for Next 30 Days

On Saturday, May 4th, we purchased 32 dogs at an auction from Iowa Puppies, a breeder in Knoxville that is going out of business.  Another buyer had several of the dogs they purchased and tested positive for Canine Brucellosis.  This is a zoonotic disease, meaning it can transfer to people.  It is rare but possible.  All of the dogs we purchased tested negative for the disease.  As a precaution, they are all quarantined at our facility with biosecurity measures in place to prevent any possible exposure to other dogs or people.  Therefore, we have closed our shelter building for the next 30 days. 

PLEASE NOTE that ANYONE who has purchased a puppy from Iowa Puppies in Knoxville (or from any commercial breeder) should have their dog tested for Brucellosis.  Additionally, there is no cure for this.  This is just one more reason to ADOPT and not SHOP!

Gracie’s Place is still open and it’s business as normal!

Adoptions: All of our foster dogs that are not in the pit stop are still available for adoption and on our website.  Our adoption coordinators will reach out once you have applied for next steps.

We are in need of supplies:

  • Disposable gloves
  • Newspapers
  • Paper towels
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Baby wipes
  • Towels (desperately need towels)
  • Tall kitchen garbage bags
  • Garbage cans
  • Bottled water
  • Monetary donations

These items can be dropped off at Gracie’s Place, local Bone-A-Patreat locations and Brown Dog Bakery in Ankeny.

Thank you for all of the support and prayers you have been sending to our volunteers and our dogs.  It is truly appreciated and much needed.  

We will continue to update everyone as we know any new information.  Please follow us on our facebook page and our website.  If you have any questions, please email Deb Elings at