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 501(c)(3) non-profit. We are licensed by the Iowa Department of Agriculture. 

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

PALS has no authority to perform animal control. Unfortunately, this means we have no authority to remove animals from abusive situations, or to retrieve strays. But we are 100% committed to helping animals in need however we can.

If you know of an animal in an abusive situation, or you see a stray, you should call Grinnell Police (641 236 2670). The City of Grinnell pays the Jasper County Animal Rescue League in Newton to pick up strays, as they have the resources to do animal control.

But if you don't know what to do with an animal, you can always get in touch with us for help, and you can also contact us anonymously to report an animal in danger via our website: https://www.palspets.net/contact-us/

Kacie Fattig

Kennel Manager


Kacie manages the care of our cats and dogs; supervises and trains PALS volunteers; manages animal food and supplies; and all housekeeping duties as they relate directly to animal welfare. Before joining PALS she  worked at Tama's Town & Country Veterinary Clinic. And she also has own horse trainer business, Rocking Red Horsemanship in Searsboro.

Email Kacie at palskennelmanager@gmail.com 


Jenny Fiebelkorn

Office Manager


Jenny oversees animal intakes, adoptions, and veterinary visits; recruits and schedules volunteers; maintains records of animals; records and reports operations; coordinates PALS’ programs and campaigns, and she keeps the place running! She came to PALS with 20 years of organizational and administrative management experience. That included working at Grinnell State Bank, Martin Capital Management, and Securian Advisors. She also owns her own photography business and has served as Treasurer for BGM Little League and Wallace Elementary PTO. She is also a PALS foster parent! 

Email Jenny at palspetsia@gmail.com

Board Members

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

Gary Schroeder (Vice President & Secretary) - gschroeder@brooklyn.k12.ia.us

Chris Grundler (Treasurer) - grundler1971@gmail.com

Cassie Wherry  - wherry@grinnell.edu

Mindy Bacon - wildflower_821@yahoo.com