Events

Dogs Forever’s comedy night fundraiser!
  • Date: THURSDAY, February 29th
  • Time: Doors open and pre-show cocktail hour starts at 6:00 PM. The show will begin at 7:00 PM and run about 75 minutes.
  • Location: The Olympic South Side Theater 1202 3rd ST SE

Join us for a night of laughter to benefit Dogs Forever!
Featuring nationally touring comedian, Clay Foley! Clay is a former cruelty investigator, animal rescuer and transporter, and host of Foley Informed. Clay started Comedy to the Rescue where he travels around the country sharing laughs to help 501c3 non profit rescues with fundraisers!
He’s bringing along a hilarious dude, too! Our opener for the evening is Quad City Comic James Draper.
Tickets are $25 each pre-sale, general admission, first come first seated. Tickets at the door the evening of the event will be $30 each.
*ALL SALES ARE FINAL*
Go to our event page for more details and updates here: https://fb.me/e/6g9b4ZQiX
A big THANK YOU to GreenState Credit Union for being our overall event sponsor!


Dogs Forever’s spring clean garage sale fundraiser
  • Date: SATURDAY, April 13th with rain date of April 20th
  • Time: 10am – 2pm
  • Location: Dogs Forever Shelter 809 Rockford Road SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

It’s time for our Annual Spring Clean Garage Sale Fundraiser at the shelter!! Come buy some of our overflow goodies with 100% of the proceeds coming back to the sweet pups at our shelter. Have decent gently used dog stuff to donate to help us? Get in touch!
Even better, our shelter is OPEN for visitors during this time so you can support them at our garage sale, and then go visit them.
Dog goodies from new and slightly used beds, kennels, crates, clothes, collars, leashes, harnesses, accessories, and more! Dogs Forever Merchandise from t-shirts, tanks, hats, and hoodies for humans of course. Stay up to date by visiting out Facebook event, HERE.
We’ll accept CASH, CHECKS (to Dogs Forever), VENMO with no purchase protection (DogsForeverRescue) and cards if needed. We do get charged a small fee to use cards so we prefer cash, checks, venmo. ALL SALES FINAL.

Dogs Forever’s Poorly drawn Pet Portraits Mother’s Day Fundraiser
  • Date: WEDNESDAY, May 1st – WEDNESDAY, May 8th
  • Time: 8 am – 8 am
  • Location: FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: HERE

Do you need a one of a kind Mother’s Day gift for the “mom” in your life? Whether it’s your actual mom, grandma, sister, friend, dog mom, cat mom, bunny mom.. you get it! ANYONE you would love to give a sweet gift to… shoot even just to have for yourself!!
We have THE PERFECT meaningful, handmade, maybe hilarious, maybe amazing gift for you to give them (or yourself)!!
A donation through mail (cash/check) or VENMO gets you a Poorly Drawn Pet Portrait! You may get a realistic sketch, a funny rendering, or a portrait done by a volunteer “artist” who really REALLY tried.
$15 donation per photo (one pet), $10 per extra pet in photo (over one).
Starting May 1st, you’ll comment under the post requesting photos in our event on Facebook under the discussions tab with your pets name, the photo, which payment method you’ll be using, and whether you’d like us to upload your photo under your comment or email it to you. (You know, in case it’s a secret and you don’t want them to see the drawing!)
We’ll have your drawing back to you ASAP (within two days!!) from one of our volunteer “artists”! You can print it off, frame it and wa-la! THE BEST GIFT EVER! All photos will be back to everyone no later than Friday, May 10th so you’ll have plenty of time to get THE PERFECT gift together.
VENMO: DogsForeverResuce (personal, not business. NO PURCHASE PROTECTION please, it takes a fee from us and we’ll ask you for the rest.) Last four are 3501.
MAIL:
Dogs Forever
ATTN: Pet Portraits
809 Rockford RD SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
QUESTIONS: Comment in the event or email fundraising@dogsforever.org

Dogs Forever’s Barks n’ Bubbles Spring Car Wash Fundraiser
  • Date: SUNDAY, June 2nd
  • Time: 11 am – 2 pm
  • Location: Canine Corner and Cats, Too: 1201 8th ST NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405

Come support Dogs Forever at our Barks n’ Bubbles Car Wash Fundraiser!
Suggested donation of $10.00. Cash, Check, Venmo are preferred, Cards accepted also.
We’ll have signs on where to pull in, a cashier to give your donation to, and a volunteer to help direct traffic through to Canine Corner & Cats Too’s parking lot.
Watch for the yellow and white DOGS FOREVER EVENT/FUNDRAISER signs along the roadways!


Dogs Forever’s annual pup cup drive-thru fundraiser
  • Date: SUNDAY, August 25th
  • Time: 3 pm – 6 pm
  • Location: Parking Lot of Geonetric: 415 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Load up your pupperooski(s) and bring them by for a sweet treat to beat the heat all while supporting our Annual Pup Cup Drive-Thru Fundraiser.
Donation based drive-thru with all proceeds coming back to the pups at Dogs Forever! Cash, Check, Venmo preferred, cards accepted too.
Pup cups will be good ol’ chilled whipped cream in a cup with a snacky snack treat on top.
All are welcome! (Yesssss even cats too if pup cups are their thing.)
Look for EVENT signs along the roadways and our bright yellow DOGS FOREVER banner.
We can’t WAIT to see you, and lets be honest… mostly your pups!
P.S.: This is not a vendor event. Just a drive-thru style fundraiser where you don’t even get out of your vehicle (unless you want to pull over afterwards in the parking lot for your pup to enjoy their treat!). Hosted by volunteers from our shelter and our Fundraising Committee, supporting our sweet dogs

Dogs Forever’s 4th Annual Chili Cook off Fundraiser
  • Date: SATURDAY, October 19th
  • Time: 11 am -2 pm
  • Location: Geonetric: 415 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Dog Forever is hosting our 4th Annual Chili Cook Off Fundraiser with a Silent Auction and Bake Sale!
We need YOUR help to choose!! Bring your family and friends and sample a wide variety of home-made chili.
Our chili cookers COULD win up to $500!!!
Judge’s First Place Winner: $400!!
Judge’s Second Place Winner: $60
Judge’s Third Place Winner: $40
People’s Choice Award Winner: $100!!
 REGISTRATION LINK WILL BE POSTED SOON!!
Guest Judges:
 #1: TBD!!
 #2: TBD!!
 #3: TBD!!
Sponsors:
COMING SOON!!
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With your $5 suggested donation for entry, you’ll receive one ticket to vote for your favorite chili for their chance to take home the People’s Choice Award.
Water and milk will be for sale along with baked goodies, and some sweet Dogs Forever merchandise.
We’ll have some great silent auction items for you to bid on while you’re perusing the chili, too! Mark yourself GOING to our EVENT on Facebook for rules, updates and insights!
(Humans only please, no pets.)

Dogs Forever’s 13th annual holidog bazaar fundraiser
  • Date: SATURDAY, December 7th
  • Time: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Location: Geonetric: 415 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Our 2024 Dogs Forever Holidog Bazaar is coming!! Back at Geonetric again and we are so excited!! There is something for EVERYONE. Stop by and get your holiday shopping done early!
This is NOT a vendor event, rather all items have been sponsored or donated so all proceeds come directly back to the care of our sweet puppers! If you ARE a vendor, you are more than welcome to make up a full raffle basket that we’d be happy to accept and promote your business. Watch our Facebook Event page for all the goodies, HERE.
Christmas themed items, dog themed items, apparel, gifts, jewelry, bake sale, grab n’ go gifts, and of course – our infamous RAFFLE BASKETS!!!!! Feel great knowing all your purchases come directly back to the sweet dogs that we care for at our shelter. They said thank you in advance!
We’ll also have our Holidog Christmas mini photo sessions from 930-345pm during the event! These are prepaid and pre-scheduled photo mini’s, no walk ins.
This year we have Jess from For the Love of Paws again gracing us with her time and talents!! $45 per slot for photo minis – make sure you read the instructions before selecting a time slot. Sign up link will be live soon.

Other upcoming events:

Dine to Donate night with Taco John’s on Collins Road. Monday, March 11th from 4-8PM! Add on $1 to your order to help support our sweet pups.

Paint Nights!! We’ll have three this year, the first will be Wednesday, March 13th. Stay tuned!

Saturday, April 27th we’ll have a booth set up at the Eastern Iowa Pet Expo at the National Guard Armory Building on Wright Brothers Blvd.

Other events we’ll have a booth at:

Dock Docks – Possibly June

Granger House Open Air Market – August sometime

Ely Fall Fest – Possibly end of September

Our online calendar contest for our Dogs Forever 2025 Calendar

and more!!


Meet & Greet Open House

Every Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Come meet our adoptable dogs, learn about volunteer opportunities and check out our selection of apparel! Our dogs can’t wait to meet you!  Visit us at 809 Rockford Road SW, Cedar Rapids. Two blue buildings behind the Cedar Rapids Kernels’ Stadium scoreboard. The left building is the mail office. Please park in our parking lot or on the sides of the street when you come to visit us.