Northeast Iowa Pet Rescue

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SPECIAL NEEDS DOGS/PUPPIES: We are now also listing dogs and puppies from all over the U.S. that have a condition known as Mega-Esophagus. These dogs will be noted as "ME" before their name, so you will know it is a special needs situation. All these dogs have varying degrees of MegaEsophagus, with some being very mild cases and managed through diet alone, to the more serious cases where they regurgitate numerous times a day, need to be fed upright in a chair and held upright for several minutes after feeding. Some dogs are on medications for the rest of their lives. Anyone wishing to adopt one of the dogs should not take the seriousness of this illness lightly. Please do your research before applying for adoption. Yahoo has a wonderful chat group for canine megaesophagus that I would encourage you to check out.


We have been involved in rescue in Northeast Iowa since 2006 and currently are not taking any animals physically into our home. We are volunteer-run only and rely solely on volunteers to help with the animals that we rescue. Since 2006, we have re-homed approximately 350 dogs, puppies and kittens. Our goal is to place stray/unwanted/abandoned animals into forever loving homes. Don't breed or buy...while shelter pets die..... Be a part of the solution~~!!



MEGA-ESOPHAGUS (ME) was new to me......until a lady brought in the last pup of their litter who couldn't keep food down. He would eat, and then everything would just "fall back out" of his throat. He was taken to ISU for diagnosis (PRAA w/ME) and had open heart surgery to correct the PRAA (Persistent Right Aortic Arch). After 4 weeks of rest after surgery, Riley was adopted into his new home in April 2008 and is doing wonderfully~!

Mega-Esophagus (ME) is a manageable condition that is currently mis-understood by many/most veterinarians and can successfully controled through diet alone. Up until a few years ago, puppies with ME were "simply put down", as the diagnosis of ME was a death sentence.

There are many dogs with ME that are in foster homes awaiting their adoption and placement into forever homes. To view a few of these dogs that are available for adoption, go to:, and if interested in a specific dog, please contact the person noted at "contact info".

I have adopted two "special needs/ME" German Shepherd pups of my own. Their story can be seen on the caninemegaesophagus website. Morgan and Ruby were both diagnosed at a young age and are managed nicely through their diet alone. ME is NOT the death sentence it was once thought to be~~ Several teaching schools/universities are now studying the DNA in dogs with ME to try and find the carriers of this culprit.

PLEASE CONSIDER ADOPTING A SPECIAL NEEDS DOG WITH ME. You will be rewarded in many ways. Many of these dogs live a quality life not often seen in otherwise healthy animals.

Who We Are

We are a non-profit rescue in Northeast Iowa. I am one person who are trying to do what I can to promote spay and neuter and rescue and rehome abandoned and unwanted animals and prevent cruelty and neglect. I do this out of my home, with very limited resources, no outside funding and little community support.

Adopting a friend

When you find the perfect pet, please contact us and we will gladly email you an application to fill out. Once you have been approved for adoption, we can set up a time for you to come and meet your new pet and take him/her home with you. It's that easy~~!! We adopt to indoor homes only, unless otherwise agreed upon. Lassie, Rin Tin Tin and Morris don't show up in rescues. We don't get the elegantly groomed, beautiful, completely trained, perfectly behaved pet. What we do get is the leftovers - pets that people have incompetently bred, with little or no social skills, and have been treated badly. They've been pushed from one lousy situation to another. They've never had proper veterinary care, training or companionship. They've lived outside, in a crate, or in a basement, or have been dumped in the country to fend for themselves. They're scared, depressed and anxious. Some are angry, some are sick, some have given up. But, we at Northeast Iowa Pet Rescue do NOT give up on an animal. We know that pets are living beings, with spirit and a soul, heart and feelings, who deserve as much love, care and respect as the next Westminster champion. Please don't come to us looking for a bargain, or in need of "getting" anything. Come here to give your love and save a life. Rescue will reward you in ways you never dreamed possible. I promise you this - a rescue pet will make you a better person~~!!

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Visits are by appointment only as we do this out of our home. Please call or email to set up an appointment and to complete the adoption application online and return it to us. Your next "fur-baby" is waiting..... Click to see our pets!

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1529 W. 16th St.
Davenport, IA 52804
Phone: 563-424-2652<> 563-676-9367

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