About Us

Sweet Rottweiler

Who We Are

Founded in 1980, the SPCA of Polk County is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, working with the community and other rescue organizations. We rescue as many adoptable pets as we have space for at our shelter or temporary foster homes until permanent, loving homes can be found. Occasionally, we are overflowing and must turn away animals.


Volunteer cuddling Chihuahuas

What We Do

Our goal is to protect animals in need, caring for them to the best of our ability. First, we try to reunite them with their owners. Then, we seek suitable homes for animals without owners. Only when absolutely necessary do we euthanize.

How We Do It

We operate completely on donations from our supporters. We are not funded by other SPCA organizations nor do we receive federal funding. Our staff are all volunteers, working only for a lick, a cuddle, or a wag.

Our Mission Statement

The S.P.C.A. of Polk County, a 501©3 non-profit organization, strives to work with the community and with other animal rescue organizations to (1) educate the community in responsible pet care, (2) provide humane care for animals in its custody, (3) reunite lost animals with their owners, (4) seek loving, compatible homes for animals in its temporary care, and (5) provide humane euthanasia when it is determined that an animal’s mental/health issues leave no other options.

Meet the Board

Additional Information

Our board of directors provide guidance and outreach to our work. Several seats are open, so if you are interested in serving, please email Carl Feren:


  • Executive Director - Carl Feren
  • Director of Programs - Marty Reese
  • Director, Finance - Paulette Frenyea
  • Director, Animal Care - Linda Burnett
  • Director, Grants - Barbara Alexander
  • Director, Transfer Operations - Sheri Grounds
  • Director, Training & Asst. Dir. of Animal Care - Steve Davis
  • Director, Jar Collections - Jim Johnson
  • Director, Office Operations - OPEN
  • Director, Communications - OPEN
  • Director, Fundraising - OPEN
  • Director, Resale Shop - OPEN

Become a Board Member

Become a Board Member