Jasper County Animal Rescue League

5411 Liberty Avenue

Newton, IA 50208

(641) 792-5407



12 pm - 5 pm (M-W-F); 11 am - 4 pm (Sat)

Closed Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and major holidays

At the Jasper County Animal Rescue League and Humane Society, we are dedicated to rescuing and providing a safe-haven for all animals in need.  Our mission includes working towards finding responsible, loving, and permanent homes for all of the animals in our care, and protecting the community by educating and promoting a more compassionate and respectful bond between human and animals.


Mrs. Irma Callison owned a grocery store with her husband, but she was better known as the "Cat Lady".  Irma would be concerned when she heard of a dog or cat running loose, so she would find the animal and simply bring it home.  This was the day and age when stray animals were shot on sight if they could not be caught or its owner was not immediately found.

In 1957, The Newton Animal Rescue League and Humane Society was chartered.  Irma loved the animals dearly, but over a period of time it became quite a task to care for all of the animals.   It was during this time that June Anderson became acquainted with Irma and would do a variety of tasks.  In 1973, June volunteered as the League's first humane officer.  She would receive calls from the police department and respond to citizen complaints regarding everything from a dog being neglected to an elephant being tied to a parking meter on the Newton Square.  June was a dedicated volunteer humane officer for 19 years.

Over the years, the League has changed hands and grown in spite of its lack of funding, space, and equipment.  In 1997, the shelter was in danger of being shut down due to overcrowding.  It was then that a volunteer fundraising group was formed, a director hired, and shelter operations expanded to include Jasper County.

In 2000, Jasper County Animal Rescue League and Humane Society was created with a very big thank you to the dedicated volunteers, who like Irma, had a passion for helping all animals.

Animal Control Services
We Provide 24/7 Animal Control Services for several jurisdictions to include, Newton, Jasper County, Colfax, Baxter, Mingo, Monroe, Reasnor, Kellogg, and Grinnell. If you have located a stray animal or have an animal neglect concern please call your Non- Emergency Police Dispatch and they will contact an Animal Control Officer.
The number for Jasper County is 641-792-5912
The number for the City of Newton is 641-792-1547
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