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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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Karen404

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family recently adopted our second Italian Greyhound from the Nebraska Greyhound Rescue Org in Lincoln. We worked with Jane Allison Lacey and couldn't be more pleased with our experience.

I communicated with Jane for several weeks before the adoption and she was thorough answering my questions to ensure we had the perfect pet for our family.

We have had our new addition for several weeks now and we couldn't be happier. I highly recommend working with Jane if you are looking to adopt a new IG.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Sadly, this organization's practices and policies are not accurate because they refuse to share their statistics openly. They claim to be leaders in animal welfare, but it's not for saving lives...it's for deception and the killing of healthy adoptable animals. I expect better from Iowa's largest Animal Welfare organization.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Arl recently used MY picture of a neglected dog to promote their business. H.E.A.R.T OF HARDIN COUNTY was sent this picture.THey brought this dog a donated dog house yet made a big deal about helping the dog.This dog had been without food and water for 4 days!! Where are you now ARL as she is still being neglected? H.E.A.R.T of Hardin County worked very hard to save this dog .They are a non-profit with no money going to administrative fees. You stole my picture from their website! Please if you want to donate consider H.E.A.R.T they are the real animal humanitarians!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

ARL has saved countless furry lives. I know not all can be saved. I wish I could do more for them. I will be getting involved in knitting for them, now that I'm unemployed.

3 Shannon83

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had 6 stray Cats/kittens spayed & neutered with their wonderful Purr project programs! Their programs help
make it adorable for families! I know we appreciate it so much!

2 Kerry L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My bf got his cats from the ARL and had him for 13 wonderful years. The ARL does so much for animals and make an effort to place them all in loving homes. They help people keep their pets when they might otherwise have to give them up. They off spay/neuter clinics for people who can't afford it otherwise and they spay/neuter, microchip, and give all animals their shots. They are a great organization

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our ARL ROCKS! They have been going city by city changing the pit bull laws! They rescue, feed, love and find new and loving families for all pets. They so deserve to recognized and applauded for all they do for our State of Iowa. Thank you for all you do!

Megan75

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They help animals in need to avoid almost certain death. They also provide the public with information to learn, volunteer opportunities, and workshops for people to better understand the pets they do have.

Margaret61

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our daughter and her husband used to volunteer. So glad they did. It was a great place to volunteer and help a worthy cause.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is always willing to go above and beyond. They do their utmost to find all aniamls a home now and are a no kill facility. This is a lot different than the ARL from the past. They work with the community and other rescues to help ALL animals in need. They rock.