Creston Animal Rescue Effort (Creston City Pound)

Creston, Iowa

Upcoming Events

Picture Your Pet & Family with Santa: Saturday November 18th, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Creston Restored Depot. Get a 5x7 and 4 wallets for $15.00 and add an emailed copy for $5.00 more. Bring your pet(s) or bring your whole family - you choose! Use your photo to create custom Christmas cards while helping animals at the Creston City Pound.

2017 Adopted Pets

Chelsi * Maniac * Kamilla * Kate Spade * Jin * Niko * Jimmy Choo * Dwyer * Casey * Vera Wang * Tommy Bahama * Zorro * Wilbur * Fane * Ardelle * Latte * Arbor * McKinley * Footzie * Ghost * Midnight * Greyson * Lincoln * Howell * Chico * Champ * Sunny * Hennasee * Cali * Pumpkin * Sam * Clancy

Transferred To Animal Rescue League of Iowa in Des Moines

Divine * Sutton * Oakley * Tex * Jagger

Transferred To Animal Lifeline Inc in Des Moines


Who We Are

The Creston City Pound is a holding facility for stray/abandoned animals within Creston City limits. Animals are held for 7 days to give owners time to claim their pets. After this time they become available for adoption. Here is where a dedicated group of volunteers come in. Since 1998 Creston Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) has helped to get these pets adopted into new homes. We publish their photos in the local paper, hang flyers around the community, update our website and Face Book, host fundraisers and supply the pets with treats, vet care and love. Please be patient, ALL our work is done by volunteers who have full-time jobs and families. When calling please speak clearly and leave a phone number. You may also email CARE at or message us on Face Book @ Creston Animals.

Adopting a Friend

Animals are available for adoption after the 7 day stray hold time has expired. The State of Iowa requires all animals adopted from this facility to be sterilized. The City of Creston also requires a Rabies vaccination. Most of the pets at the Creston City Pound are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and tested for heartworm and feline leukemia before adoption. The adoption fee is $20.00 unless the animal has not been previously s/n and then there is also a $20.00 spay/neuter deposit collected at the time of adoption.

Adoptions can not be done through the mail or done as a gift for someone else. The actual adopter must fill out an application and meet with the Adoption Coordinator. The animal must reside at the address on the contract. Call ahead for an appointment as the City Pound does not have regular “open” hours, leave a message at 641-782-2330.

We ask that you fill out an application prior to adoption. You can contact CARE with your name and address and we can email or snail-mail you an application. We can not adopt outside of Iowa as it is too difficult to do home checks and review applications. We give priority to local adopters who own their home and have completed an adoption application. The applications usually take 3-5 days to review so please be patient. We reserve the right to refuse an adoption to anyone.

click here to print the adoption application

Come Visit Us

To reach the pound, go south on Lakeshore Drive (next to McKinley Lake) past the outdoor pool and camp ground, it's the white metal building next to the city Water Pollution Plant at 710 S Lakeshore Drive. There is no person on duty at the facility so anyone wanting to view animals must make an appointment by calling 641-782-2330 and leaving a message. Messages are returned between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and again between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
If coming from Des Moines area, take Interstate Highway 35 South to Osceola. (Do not use the Clay Street exit). From Osceola take US Highway 34 West to Creston. Continue on Hwy 34 until you see an old Phillips 66 Station. Turn right on Patriotic Parkway before the Station, make what seems like a U-turn onto Park Street. Continue until you reach a stop sign at an underpass. Turn left onto Spillway Road (looks like a gravel parking lot) continue until you reach Lakeshore Drive (at the camp ground), then turn left toward the water treatment plant.

Mailing A Donation

C.A.R.E. relies solely on donations and fundraisers. The City purchases the pet food and maintains the utilities at the pound but all vet care, spay and neuter promotions, adoption ads and flyers, treats, toys and transportation to other shelters is paid for by Creston Animal Rescue Effort. Please help us help them by sending a donation today! Mail donations to C.A.R.E., 304 W. DeVoe, Creston, Iowa 50801. Note: this is NOT the facility address, it is for mailing donations only.

Donate Beds and Thundershirts

Donate a Bed We have chosen Kuranda dog beds for our city pound because they are so good for our dogs. If you would like to donate a bed, please click here:

Donate a Thundershirt!

Thank You For Donating!! We appreciate your support.

Help us save pet lives..... have your pet spayed or neutered and commit to keeping that pet for it's natural lifetime.

Click here for a list of pets at this shelter

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