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Animal Lifeline of Iowa

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Causes: Animals

Mission: Animal Lifeline started in 1987. We are a special needs no kill shelter that accepts cats & dogs that are injuried, handicapped, have a serious medical condition, abused, abandoned, pregnant, nursing or orphan babies. We rely soley on donations and the proceeds from our thrift shop to operate and receive no government funding or payments.  We are a 501(c)(3) organization.

Target demographics: Special needs cats and dogs

Direct beneficiaries per year: 155 animals

Geographic areas served: Animal Welfare/Rescue

Programs: Accepting cats and dogs that are injured, handicapped, have a serious medical condition and pregnant and nursing mom, and orphan babies that need to be bottle fed. We provide whatever vet care they need, get them healthy and place them up for adoption.

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Renee H.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that helps animals that would be euthanized find homes. ☺

Monica B.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!!

1 Mallory P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Tricia T.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the Animal Lifeline of Iowa and I am continually impressed with the love and dedication of all volunteers. The animals are well taken care of and loved. The facility has extensive cleaning task lists which keep the animals healthy and happy.

Charlotte 'Charlie' K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A fantastic special needs shelter who gives 200% in effort to making sure that the animals that are there are loved and well cared for in an environment that is as much like a home as possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

D Van L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great staff, very helpful and friendly. Animals are well cared for.

Nancy J.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Micheleen M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Monique O.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kind and caring to all animals. An asset to our community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ALI is a fantastic place. The employees and volunteers are treated amazing and they guenuinly care about the animals they work with. The animals are the happiest I have see from any shelter. No expense is given to the health and happiness of the animals.

njobst

Board Member

Rating: 5

Animal Lifeline of Iowa is a no-kill, special needs shelter that is demonstrating a great non-profit for its dedication to their mission. This animal shelter doesn’t have a lot, but they give a lot. They take in the toughest animal cases and give them a fair shot at life. Special needs animals are often euthanized because they are perceived as being a hardship to care for. Animal Lifeline of Iowa (ALI) treats these special needs animals with respect, and they are given a chance at life. I often tell the story of Kringle the kitten when I explain the spirit of ALI’s mission. I first saw Kringle alone in a kitten cage with bulging, bleeding eyes. I opened the cage to feed him and the noise startled him and he began bouncing around the cage erratically. He was new to the shelter and unsure of his surroundings. I fed him and watched as a more experienced volunteer cared for his eyes. I went home and cried. Was this the best life for him? I was questioning my commitment to the ALI mission. Then, a few weeks later his eyes were taken out and I had another volunteer shift with Kringle. I saw a whole new kitten, full of life, happy and playful. What astounded me was how quickly he adapted to his loss of sight. I socialized with him and played with a toy mouse with him. Not only did he follow the mouse all over the floor, he did it better than the other kittens. I went home and cried again, but this time it was happy tears. I was so proud of Kringle and to this day I tell that story every time I talk about ALI. His story is just one demonstration of the work that ALI does helping animals. They go on to live happy lives no different than any other pet. Anyone that cares that much – when others don’t – to me, demonstrates the shining example of good character. They do it all without being asked, and they don’t do it for glory. They are the only no-kill, special needs animal shelter in central Iowa. Additionally, they value educating the public on responsible pet ownership. They want to be placing these animals in forever homes, so they take the adoption process very seriously. Education is a small step toward fostering valuable pet ownership. I’m proud to serve on the board for Animal Lifeline of Iowa.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Animal Lifeline of Iowa is a no-kill, special needs shelter that is demonstrating a great non-profit for its dedication to their mission. This animal shelter doesn’t have a lot, but they give a lot. They take in the toughest animal cases and give them a fair shot at life. Special needs animals are often euthanized because they are perceived as being a hardship to care for. Animal Lifeline of Iowa (ALI) treats these special needs animals with respect, and they are given a chance at life. I often tell the story of Kringle the kitten when I explain the spirit of ALI’s mission. I first saw Kringle alone in a kitten cage with bulging, bleeding eyes. I opened the cage to feed him and the noise startled him and he began bouncing around the cage erratically. He was new to the shelter and unsure of his surroundings. I fed him and watched as a more experienced volunteer cared for his eyes. I went home and cried. Was this the best life for him? I was questioning my commitment to the ALI mission. Then, a few weeks later his eyes were taken out and I had another volunteer shift with Kringle. I saw a whole new kitten, full of life, happy and playful. What astounded me was how quickly he adapted to his loss of sight. I socialized with him and played with a toy mouse with him. Not only did he follow the mouse all over the floor, he did it better than the other kittens. I went home and cried again, but this time it was happy tears. I was so proud of Kringle and to this day I tell that story every time I talk about ALI. His story is just one demonstration of the work that ALI does helping animals. They go on to live happy lives no different than any other pet. Anyone that cares that much – when others don’t – to me, demonstrates the shining example of good character. They do it all without being asked, and they don’t do it for glory. They are the only no-kill, special needs animal shelter in central Iowa. Additionally, they value educating the public on responsible pet ownership. They want to be placing these animals in forever homes, so they take the adoption process very seriously. Education is a small step toward fostering valuable pet ownership. I’m proud to serve on the board for Animal Lifeline of Iowa.