About us


PALS works hard to provide our county with a shelter for animals in need. We care for our cats and dogs 365 days a year. Prior to our opening, the only option for stray animals picked up by city police and sheriff’s departments in Poweshiek County was a 7-day stay at local veterinary clinics. If owners or an adopting family were not found in that short period of time, the animals were then euthanized.

PALS has stepped in not only to provide a safe haven for these homeless animals, but to also ensure they receive responsible vet care including spay/neuters, shots, deworming, and flea/tick control, as well as addressing any emergency medical concerns. We began with a network of foster homes in 2004, and we began our licensed shelter in 2007 after a generous donation from an anonymous source. We purchased 7 acres south of Grinnell, which is the animals' current home.

We are happy to report that we have helped over 1,000 cats and dogs find loving homes! We rely entirely on donations. Unlike most animal shelters in Iowa, PALS receives no public funding of any kind. 

PALS is a 403(b) non-profit. We are licensed by the Iowa Department of Agriculture. Our monthly Board meetings are open to the public. 

Read more about us: "PALS: A Voice for Those Who Can’t Speak, A Safe Haven for Those with No Home"

Dianna Townsend

Shelter Manager


Dianna runs the show. She has been involved with PALS since the beginning, first as a foster home, then as a volunteer, and now as our one and only full time employee. Dianna has an unbelievably amount of knowledge about all of our animals, past and present. She is there to welcome them in and is there for the final steps as we send them off to their forever homes.  

Board Members

Kathy Klemm (President) - pals.funrun@yahoo.com

Gary Schroeder (Sargent of Arms) - gschroeder@brooklyn.k12.ia.us

Cindy Cloyed (Secretary) - cindycloyed@gmail.com

Bobbette Palmer (Treasurer) - bobbcatt@partnercom.net 

Brad German - bradgerman@UICCU.org

Barry Driscoll - driscoll@grinnell.edu