i have been volunteering at animal lifeline of iowa 4 years and 8 months and am impressed on how clean the shelter is. the special needs cats love the compainship and the snuggle-cuddle time. it is awesome to watch the special needs cats become become trusting in humans makes my two hours each week go better
I donate many items I know are valuable so the profits can help animals in need.
The staff is always helpful and posting pics of items currently in the store. That’s what gets me in there to shop!!! A hard working group of people helping the animals. They are my first go-to thrift store!!!
I worked at animal Lifeline of Iowa for several years.....I may be biased in my opinion about them but I can attest for the fact that the love, attention and care they give to the animals that pass through their shelter is second to no one!
Phoebe in the picture attached came to animal Lifeline covered in ringworm, suffering from a leg deformity and very skinny from lack of food. Had ALI not stepped in and taken care of her she wouldn’t have survived, our lives would not have been blessed by her love and the people she visits in hospitals and nursing homes (she’s a registered therapy dog now) would never have been blessed by her.
Everyone at ALI is wonderful!!! They love theses special animals and are amazing people! We adopted our Xena 3 years ago and love her more everyday!
I got Aston, my smooth coat collie greyhound mix from Animal Lifeline of Iowa a number of years ago. I love that the shelter is a no kill shelter specializing in animals that may require a higher level of care than most. The shelter was clean and the staff were all very kind. Aston has passed away, but he meant the world to me. He was at the shelter for over a month and people were nervous to take him because he was scared, afraid to go near anyone and paced on a couch. He was found abandoned, running on the streets and thin as a rail. The shelter didn't give up on him. I saw him and knew he was the dog for me. Because of Animal Lifeline, I got the dog of my dreams and I gave Aston a loving home for years. I was given unconditional love in return. Animal Lifeline of Iowa deserves to be recognized for their outstanding commitment to providing the medical care the pets require and for doing everything possible to get the pets into their forever loving homes. Please donate if you can.
My family has adopted three pets from Animal Lifeline of Iowa and each time our experience has been wonderful. Martha and the ALI staff are top notch. Their love and concern for each animal that comes through their door is apparent and they take great pride in ensuring pets and adopters are a perfect match. Our pets are family and the ALI staff understand that relationship.
We adopted a kitten from Animal Lifeline a little over a month ago and they did a great job at guiding us through the adoption process. We had to wait until our kitten was about 12 weeks old until we could take her home, but during that time they encouraged us to visit her regularly so we could start bonding. Whenever we visited the shelter the staff was very friendly and highly educated about all things related to animals, escepicially Amy. I’m so happy we were able to find such a great cat to adopt from a shelter with an amazing mission. I will be forever grateful to Animal Lifeline for helping us find the perfect cat to add to our little family!
A caring and compassionate organization. We have adopted 2 special needs dogs through them and we couldn't be happier. Great place, great staff, and great volunteers!!
I feel in love with this place the first moment I walked in, so much so that I had to volunteer here. When volunteering wasn't enough, I started working here because I wanted to be apart of such an outstanding team of not only volunteers but employees. The dedication, hard work and love for the animals is a true inspiration.
We went to a lot of shelters and rescues looking for a dog to be my esa. When we got here (which I'd never heard of before lol) I explained what we were looking for, and they told us that they didn't have anything right then, but that in a few days they would have a dog available that would fit our needs. We came back, met her, and new she was ours. After we decided, they were very patient and helpful with all the esa and landlord paperwork. She even came with a little puppy starter kit. Lol. Almost two years later and Laurel is the love of our lives!
Several years ago, we fell in love with a Beagle puppy whose picture was in the paper along with Ava, the founder. The puppy had been hit by a car and was found along the interstate. She was brought to Animal Lifeline. She was immediately taken to the vet hospital . She got her hip fixed; the paper did a story about her (they called her "Babette") and about Animal Lifeline. We were lucky enough to be able to adopt her. We had to wait several weeks while she healed and got spayed. Ave allowed us to visit her as often as we wished to bond with her.
They took excellent care of her and all of the other animals. They take in the ones no one else will. I believe this was the first no-kill shelter in Iowa. They are fantastic. Oh, and Babette? She became Sophie. The sweetest little porch-sitting Beagle ever. Thank goodness for Animal Lifeline
I have volunteered with Animal Lifeline of Iowa for 11 years. The facility is always clean, the dogs and cats are well cared for. They have special needs cats and dogs and do whatever it takes for them to benhappy, healthy and find loving homes
I have volunteered with Animal Lifeline for a number of years. I adopted a 7 year old Pomeranian 4 years ago. When he developed diabetes, Animal Lifeline staff helped me measure his blood sugar until I decided he was not going to cooperate. They provided suggestions for insulin.
Each week when I volunteer, I am impressed at how the dogs want to interact with staff. They know who will give them treats, who will talk to them, and their tales always wag when they see staff. There are always reminders of the dogs' special needs and it has been gratifying to see the many dogs that benefit from extensive veterinary care and stay until they are adopted. Some are there for lengthy stays but they all get the same great care until the right "forever home" comes along.
I am attaching a recent photo of Fritz who is very glad he found his forever home.
I cannot say enough positives about this shelter! First of all, it is a no-kill shelter. Secondly, they take in special needs cats and dogs and prepare them for adoption. Thirdly, they do not receive federal dollars so rely solely on donations from people like you! The staff is amazing, and it's a great place to volunteer. Thank you for all you do!
Animal Lifeline of Iowa makes it easy and FUN to get involved in their organization. I recently participated in their Pints for Paws scavenger hunt and it was the most fun I've ever had contributing to such a great cause. It was well-organized and the people were awesome. You can definitely tell they have a passion for helping these animals in need!
Animal Lifeline of Iowa is an amazing place. All of the workers and volunteers there truely love the animals and constantly go above and beyond for wax individual animal in need.