Unionville woman rescues and houses stray animals in the area

Published: Jul. 12, 2021 at 9:28 PM CDT
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UNIONVILLE, Iowa (KYOU) - Alyssa Cossel is a woman out of Unionville, Iowa that says she has made it her mission to rescue stray animals.

“Currently I have two dogs that are my personal pets and four stray cats that I’ve taken in.”

She says she has started rescuing animals three years ago and has housed a total of 15 overtime.

“I try to find them homes and if I can’t they just stick around here.”

Driven by her love for animals, she says she wants to extend help to the local animal shelters.

“One of the main reasons I started is because The Heartland Humane Society has an abundance they get daily. They also have a hard time taking in what’s needed to be taken. So I’m kind of like a sister shelter, just not on the large scale at all.”

Cossel says she has spent about $2,000 in getting the animals fixed and doesn’t charge others to take them.

“I don’t ever charge someone to take them, especially if I know them. Previously I did ask for a rehoming fee just to ensure that they’d be going somewhere that they’d be taken care of.”

Her plan moving forward is to work closely with vets and animal shelters in local and surrounding areas to get as many pets fixed as possible.

If you are interested in reaching out to Alyssa to house an animal, contact her via email at

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