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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: The Animal Rescue League of Iowa''s mission is to promote animal welfare, to encourage and strengthen the human/animal bond and to prevent the overpopulation of animals. The ARL''s mission is accomplished through its numerous programs including pet adoption, on-site spaying and neutering, humane education and pet behavior training and counseling. The ARL is the Des Moines area''s only shelter that never turns away an animal in need.

Programs: The ARL depends on private funds to provide services such as humane education; animal assisted therapy; pet behavior counseling and training; animal rescue and adoption; animal abuse intervention and prevention; and resident pets. These programs, together with the ARL's on-site spaying and neutering program, work to reduce the number of homeless pets in Iowa. The ARL also works to pass laws that improve the lives of all animals, including livestock and wildlife. The ARL receives no state, federal or United Way funding to fund its programs.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 1

A secret group filled with wives, sons, daughters, and relatives veiled behind millions of dollars for public relations. Volunteers afraid of speaking out of the stacked frozen bodies of perfectly adaptable animals. They have written a gag rule I to their newest contract where the city cannot ask about their finances in regards to the animal control contract. They are not a friend to animals.

3 Ronda V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at the ARL. The people are great the facility is amazing and the animals are in my heart forever.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Most amazing shelter I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

Teresa55

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an awesome organization that I am proud to have my family associated with. The staff, volunteers, & foster families are some of the most caring & hard working people around. People seem to have heard that the ARL of Iowa won't turn an animal in need away, other shelter can't say that. No matter how packed the facility becomes (& how many foster homes they continue to look for now & in the future) they continue to struggle & continue to overcome the challenges of major overcrowding.
I am deeply grateful for the policy of the ARL which is TO NEVER PUT DOWN AN ADOPTABLE ANIMAL. Cats especially have remained in their care for over a year because they have not been adopted out yet, in no way, shape or form makes them any less valuable of a special animal in need of a chance for them & the ARL will continue to do their best to keep that animal in a home like surrounding until such time that the lucky day comes that the animal finds it's "furever" home & there is a place for everyone!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently a student at Iowa State University studying Management in order to one day open up my own not-for-profit animal shelter. Animal Rescue League is exemplary in their field, I would be proud if my shelter ended up being half the shelter that ARL is. ARL does so much more than rescue dogs and cats, they educate the public, perform spay and neuter surgeries for the nearby communities, and do so much more! By far the greatest nonprofit I have ever experienced, and I am truly honored to work as an intern for this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at the ARL as a dog companion. The animals are well cared for, and the staff does their best to evaluate and train them to ready them for adoption.

Brandi M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the best non-profit. As the largest animal shelter in the state of Iowa. We take in approximately 19,000 animals a year. And that is not only dogs and cats but everything from alligators to injured wildlife. We never turn a needy animal away and then make every effort to find it a forever home or a sanctuary for it to be cured. We also go into our community to help needy families keep their pets by offering micro-chipping, vaccines and spay and neutering. Which leads less homeless animals, by keeping them in their homes and preventing unwanted litters. We have a very small paid staff and a very large volunteer staff of almost 2,000 people and almost 87% of our donations goes to animal care. I'm not sure how are staff and volunteers get it all accomplished but we do because of our love for the animal.

Jean E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They do lots of different kinds of promotions and have various volunteer opportunities that make it possible for everyone to find some way to help the ARL.

Lori77

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are so many animals that have wonderful personalities and nobody to love and nobody to love them. I love the look on someone's face when they know they've found their forever friend and the wagging tails, barking, purring and cuddling when an animal knows "this is the one." We have two rescue cats that are sisters and I can't imagine our home without them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The ARL is wonderful! They are great advocates for animals in the community with teaching and outreach. And they help so many animals every single day!!!