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About Us

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Our History

The Pet Project was founded February 5, 2010 by six women who saw a need and took action to support local pets and their parents. We are grateful to the founders and original board members who worked tirelessly to ensure this organization was rooted in kindness, compassion, and a belief that no person should have to give up their pet because they cannot afford its food.

“The way we treat animals says much about our view of the world. Therefore, kindness to animals creates a kinder world. That’s the world we believe in. That’s the world we support. That’s the world we’re going to build, one person at a time. Is this the world you believe in? If so, join us. Come on. We can do it. Together. We just have to believe.”
– From the founding Board of Directors

Our Mission

To make the world a better place through kindness to animals.

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What Does The Pet Project Do?

The Pet Project is an all-volunteer-run, non-profit organization dedicated to keeping pets with the people who love them through proactive programming. We provide pet food and supplies to Des Moines area residents who are struggling to meet the needs of their pets. We also support a state-wide network helping to reunite lost and found pets in Iowa.

Meet Our Board

Current Board Members

  • Tammy Crall, President
  • Sam Dee, Treasurer
  • Maria Torres, Vice President
  • Dani Good, Secretary
  • Cayla Walsh, Communications Chair
  • Jamie Angove, Past President
  • Sara Henderson, Iowa Pet Alert Chair
  • Tyler Redenbaugh
  • Rick Kozin

Past Board Members

We are extremely grateful to those who’ve poured blood, sweat, and tears into TPP in our formative stages. We offer a special thanks to our former board members:

  • Adam Lathrop
  • Amanda Mallonee
  • Anne Bach
  • Becky Mollenkamp
  • Carrie Blackburn
  • Chris Alleman
  • Courtney Tompkins
  • Deena Zymm
  • Emily Schrad
  • Eric Culp
  • Heather Wilkerson
  • Holly Hartling
  • Joe Nolte
  • Justin Rogers
  • Karla Rendall
  • Kim Hanlon
  • Kitte Morehouse
  • Kristen Pudenz
  • Lucas Langosh
  • Shannon Tuhn
  • Monica Wimber
  • Rachael Woods
  • Rachel Wegmann

Your Donation Matters!

Help pets stay with the people who love them.

Your Donation Matters