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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

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5

Client Served

Rating: 1

Killing more animals then saving. Won't reveal their save versus kill numbers. Does not work with many Iowa Rescues to save lives. Mislabeling animals for excuses to kill them.
Too much nepotism with Tom, Josh and Carol Colvin all on the payroll directly or indirectly.
Not transparent with the public. Adopting an animal from any facility does not make them a loving, compassionate place. Transparency and allowing what goes on behind closed doors with high save numbers and working with all to protect and save animals is what makes a 4 star place as there are no 5 stars facility as no one is perfect.

Review from Guidestar

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter first took me to the main facility several years ago. She regularly takes small groups of developmentally disabled adults there on field trips. It is such a nice facility! Clean, well run and friendly. They are all about the animals!

When our 20 year old cat passed away last year my husband and I were on the hunt. We looked for weeks, found the perfect cat and brought her home. She is a joy and great companion. She was sent home with a small knitted blanket and she carries it around and sleeps on it every night (usually perched on top of one of her humans). She usually uses it during her daylight catnaps too. We love her and continue to enjoy an afternoon trip to the facility just to pass the time and visit. What great people.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are so wonderful with the animals and are all truly good people. Very clean!

2 Meg N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Clean, helpful, careful, informative, proactive, positive attitude, professional

Carleene R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have recieved help from the ARL of Iowa for behavior problems with my pets that have mad it posable for me to keep them. which was grately appreciated

Jessica196

Client Served

Rating: 4

My husband and I adopted our dog from the ARL. The volunteers and staff were very friendly and we could tell they take good care of each and every animal in the shelter!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adore the ARL of Iowa and all of the work they do. My family and I all rescue from them and have great experiences every time!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our two amazing dogs from the animal rescue league this summer. The staff & volunteers were very knowledgable & caring & helped us transition to life with two dogs smoothly. They were so helpful through every step of the process, including after the adoption for additional support & advice!

Vivian H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Animal Rescue League of Iowa does amazing work saving lives. We adopted our 2 cats from them in 2013. They had all their shots and were neutered and spayed when we took them home. They are the most lovable cats we have ever had. I believe that is due to the wonderful love and care they received from everyone at the Animal Rescue League. Thank you, Vivian Hill

Tabitha E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We attended the ARL for a service. The facility was extremely clean and well maintained. All the staff were very accommodating and offering water/treats to our dog that was with us. When it comes time to rescue another dog, we will be going through the ARL. They genuinely care and a great presence in the community.