Creston Animal Rescue Effort (Creston City Pound) . . . Creston, Iowa

Upcoming Events

Saturday June 3rd - Annual Doggie Dash 5K (almost) Fun Run/Walk, starts at 9 am with packet pickup and day-of registration between 8 - 8:45 am. Sign up before May 26th and get a "Run for the Rescue" t-shirt. Cost is $22.00 per participant. Register online at or click here to print a race form ** Due to road construction the route has been changed. We will use the walking trail through the park this year. A shorter route but still allowing time spent with your pet.

2017 Adopted Pets

Ghost * Midnight * Greyson * Lincoln * Howell * Chico * Champ * Sunny * Hennasee * Cali * Pumpkin * Sam * Clancy

Transferred To Animal Rescue League of Iowa in Des Moines

Oakley* Tex * Jagger

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!

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. Creston Animal Rescue Effort (CARE), established in 1998, helps to get these pets adopted into new homes and escape death. We publish their photos in the local paper, hang flyers around the community, update this 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 be sure you speak clearly and leave a phone number. You may also email CARE at

Adopting a Friend

Animals are available for adoption after the 7 day stray hold time has expired. There is a $40.00 adoption fee. The State of Iowa requires all animals adopted from this facility to be sterilized. Pets are tested for Heartworm and Feline Leukemia, vaccinated, dewormed and spayed or neutered. 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, 641-782-2330 leave a message.

We ask that you fill out an application prior to adoption. You can print one below or you can email 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 Lake Shore Drive (next to McKinley Lake) past the outdoor pool and camp ground, it's the white metal building next to the Creston City Water Pollution Plant at 710 Lake Shore 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 west until you reach Lake Shore Drive (at the camp ground), then turn left toward the water treatment plant.

Didn't find that special pet here? Check Petfinder websites for the Animal Lifeline, Inc. or the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, both are in Des Moines. Also check the Humane Society of Lucas County in Chariton, the Clarke County Animal Shelter in Osceola and the Montgomery County Animal Rescue in Red Oak. All are great places to find your next best friend!

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.

Thank You For Donating

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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