Our Story

In 2008, a young Siberian Husky named Ellie was surrendered to the Cedar Rapids Animal Shelter. Going blind from cataracts, the shelter was unable to afford the medical procedure that would restore her sight and make her adoptable. Ellie’s plight became our inspiration.  With the financial help of many generous people, Ellie received sight saving surgery. After recuperating, she was adopted.

The commitment to form Critter Crusaders came from Ellie. She was one of countless shelter animals in need of medical attention. These discarded pets are at the highest risk of euthanasia. It is apparent that some homeless animals need access to medical care to return to adoptability and health. The vision we had for Ellie then, is the mission we continue today.  Critter Crusaders strives to restore health and adoptability to homeless animals who have suffered the most due to neglect, hoarding, abuse, illness, and traumatic injury.

Our non-profit was first formed in the name of Friends of Cedar Rapids Animal Shelter. On March 19, 2009, we became an official 501c3. Our name was officially changed to Critter Crusaders of Cedar Rapids on April 21, 2011.

Critter Crusaders’ outreach has expanded over the years to include partnerships with multiple rescues and shelters throughout the midwest. We are committed to assisting these animals with advanced medical care. Our advocacy saves lives, restoring health and adoptability.

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