Animal Lifeline of Iowa, Inc.
July 5, 2010
I went to Animal Lifeline because of a co-worker. Outside her cubicle, she posted from the Des Moines Register current listings of adoptable animals. She worked at the shelter. Her job was to take care of the cats and she spoke very highly about the way the cats were cared for. After our yellow tabby Chester passed away we went to ALI to get another yellow tabby. When we walked into the cat room looking for a yellow tabby, a tuxedo cat kept sticking her paw out to touch me. The care taker said I’ve never seen her do that; she must want to meet you. So she took out this black cat with the characteristic white mark on the chest, white toes and a white belly. Miss Scarlet was very happy to meet me, but when I passed her to my husband she reached for him and licked him on the face all the while she was purring. So she wanted us to take her home and we couldn’t say no to her. She obviously had been taken care of because she was so calm and loving.
Our second pet that we adopted from ALI was Daisy. During the time that my mother was in her battle against cancer, she spent time in a care center. The care center had a dog that lived there with the residents. It was the visits from that dog that she looked forward to, and sometimes all we talked about was that dog. I had heard about dog therapy, but until I witnessed the effect it had on people, I didn’t know how helpful this therapy could be. I decided this was something I needed to do. We wrote ALI to ask them if they had any dog that might be suitable for dog therapy. They introduced us to Daisy and the rest is history. For 6 years Daisy and I visited the Care Center every other Saturday morning. Most of the residents don’t remember my name, but they always remember Daisy’s. I feel my Mom would be pleased. Mom has been gone for some time now, but somehow I know when I got a smile from one of the residents, I know my mother is smiling too. Daisy is at least 11 years old and we just retired her this year.
Our third pet that we adopted from ALI was Ginger. Daisy needed a friend; someone to chew on her neck, chase her and sleep with her, Also, since Daisy was very much my dog, my husband wanted to find a dog that would really just be his. He went out to ALI and Ginger picked him out. He turned around in the kennel to see a dog with huge ears and a grin, just starring at him and it was love at first sight. Ginger will never be as well behaved as Daisy, but she is every bit as loving and truly fun to have around. Daisy loves her and they are best friends.
For several years after our adoptions we also did some volunteer work for ALI. Currently we are not because we have some other obligations, but I would highly recommend that volunteering at the shelter is very rewarding. This is not just an animal shelter, this is a home for animals looking for forever homes.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the caring way that they treat their animals. Because this is a no-kill animal shelter they know that they may keep an animal for it's whole life and they make every effort to give that animal a very healthy and happy life.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Former volunteer & Baked treats, made craft items, attended fund raising.