I was told about this shelter by a friend and she helped me put in a volunteer application got accepted on the cat-kitten end of things and have been volunteering at this great shelter four years and five months
I first became aware of Animal Lifeline of Iowa 4 years ago when I was asked by a friend to attend their annual Paws and Claws charity auction. I was very moved by the mission and the generosity and love shown to these very special animals. Since then, I’ve become not only a donor, but a volunteer, adopter, and board member. I very much believe in the mission of the organization!
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.
I've adopted 3 pets from Animal Lifeline of Iowa - 2 dogs and 1 cat. They really are a small shelter with a big heart! I appreciated the time and effort they put into making each adopting family feel special. They required my current animals be up to date on all medical requirements, ensuring they home to appropriate adopters. I love the shelter and the staff!
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.
The work Animal Lifeline is able to do is unparalleled in the state of Iowa. Caring and devoted employees and volunteers, top notch vet care, and all the love and affection each animal gets is life-altering, for both huma n and animal. Thank God for Animal Lifeline of Iowa!
Animal Lifeline of Iowa truly goes the extra mile for dogs & cats who deserve a second chance. They also provide a wealth of knowledge and resources to adopters.
Wonderful and helpful staff, clean environment for all the animals being cared for at their facility.
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.
We adopted a kitten here 6 years ago. He was one of six orphans found in a box. He is the best cat ever. Very social and healthy. The shelter is really clean and the staff and volunteers are great.
We adopted a cat that was brought to the shelter as a 1 day old orphan with his 5 littermates. They were found in a cardboard box on a conveyor belt at a waste/trash facility. The folks at Animal Lifeline bottle fed the litter for six weeks! It is obvious they are dedicated....our cat was so friendly and social when we adopted him at 12 weeks. Yeh could tell they really cared. This is the best place to adopt.
I have adopted, volunteered and been a donor for Animal Lifeline of Iowa... a no-kill animal shelter that support orphaned, abandoned, pregnant, handicapped or animals that have health issues. This is an amazing organization that stretches every dollar they receive and does a tremendous job working to secure donors and support through discounted or volunteered services or products. They are kind, amazing group that takes amazing care of dogs and cats in need. I would highly recommend them as an worthy organization for donor or volunteer support. JE
Animal Lifeline of Iowa is one of the most caring animal facilities I have ever known. It is a special needs no kill shelter which is dedicated to giving animals a chance for a happy life when other shelters might not because of the expense or time required to repair their injuries, give them the veterinarian care they have been denied and take care of the orphaned, pregnant and nursing cats and dogs that live here until they find their new forever homes. The dedicated, professional and loving staff have inspired a multitude of volunteers who share ALI's mission of making these animals ready for a new life of love. With no government funding, Central Iowa's no-kill shelter for special needs animals relies on the generosity of donors, patrons of its Thrift Shop and fundraisers which include a dogwash (june 19th 10-2) and Its Paws and Claws Annual Dinner/auction this October 16th at the Des Moines Downtown Marriott. The animals and Iowa is lucky Animal Lifeline successfully cares and makes whole animals that spread countless joy and love to families across Iowa. I have adopted many animals from ALI that have given me countless joy and love and my experience with them is absolutley fabulous and I would whole heartedly recommend anyone look to Animal Lifeline for an animal, a chance to volunteer and to contribute.
Animal Lifeline is an amazing place where all animals are loved, cared for, appreciated and accepted the way they are. The staff is friendly and knows all of the animals very well. My daughter and I have volunteered at this special needs no-kill shelter for several years and have always had an excellent experience. They provided us with very specific training and guidelines which were very helpful. It is very well organized and very clean. Our job is to socialize with the cats. We play with each cat, pet it and give it lots of love and attention. This is especially true in the isolation room where only one cat can be out at a time due to health issues. It is quite impressive to see how the animals progress over time. The staff is very patient and does all that it can to help the animals. What a comfort to know that when an animal finds its way to Animal Lifeline, that it will be given the best life possible and every chance to survive and thrive whether it takes days, weeks or years. Animal Lifeline is certainly an exemplary shelter in our eyes.
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 was going through a difficult time in my life when I began volunteering at Animal Lifeline. I knew that I would find some comfort caring for these animals, but I never expected to find the kind of solace that I did here. The staff and other volunteers love what they do, and they love each animal separately and in a different way. Some of the animals that have come through have been in terrible situations, and to be able to care for them and help give them another chance at life is a feeling that is indescribable.
The first time I visited AnimalLifeline I was looking to adopt a dog as a companion for my golden retriever. I was not successful with my first visit but I started checking their website and noticed they were needing volunteers so I applied. That was approx. 2-3 years ago and I am still volunteering. I work every thursday and have gained so much from the experience, including a bassett mix (Trigger) that had a broken leg ( he had been shot) but is now the best dog ever!! His sister loves him dearly and they bonded at their very first meeting. The staff and volunteers at Animal Lifeline are wonderful and really do care about what happens to all the animals that come in. Everyone that works there goes above and beyond, time and time again to find our animals wonderful forever homes. I may spend a small amount of time there each week but I have to say that it is the most rewarding experience of my week. Shelter animals are very appreciative of the care they receive and will show you over and over again what wonderful pets they can be.
Animal Lifeline of Central Iowa is a beautiful place where many dogs and cats with special needs end up at the shelter. They have been brought to the shelter because no one wants a broken or ill dog or cat. Maybe they just can't afford to take care of it. Maybe they just don't have time to care for it. Maybe they think there disposable. Whatever the reason may have been, which I know there was some very sad cases, but Animal Lifeline helped save many lives of these sweet souls. There was many times working at the Shelter a new dog or cat would arrive, I thought they would never get adopted. But I can say they usually did. There are alot of kind people out there that opened there heart and adopted one or two of these special need angels, I was one of them. Most shelters would have gave up on these animals but now Animal Lifeline of Central Iowa. It's a great place with very nice people.
After my doberman of 16 years passed on I decided that since he had been rescued from an abusive neighbor that any dog I got after that should be rescued animals not bought from pet shops or breeders. I found Animal Lifeline of Iowa online and read several of the stories stories on there site, I was impressed with what I saw and with the work they do there. Along with their great dedication to saving , caring for and placing animals in need of homes. I was especially impressed at the screening before I was allowed to become a parent of one of the animals here and the fact that as part of the agreement I was required by them to let them know if anything happened to the animal - and the fact that if I couldnt in fact care for the animal that I bring it back to Animal Lifeline. Which really showed me their dedication. I have adopted 3 dogs from them, we currently have Cooper in our family - a black lab/chow mix that we adopted in February of 2007. It is about 189 miles to Animal Lifeline from our home, but well worth the drive for the level of love, devotion and dedication that they show for every animal they rescue , as well as the attention they give to the adoptive "parents"
Adopting Cashmere: My life changed when I adopted Cashmere. Animals do that to humans, but this particular animal won my heart forever. During the 2 hour car ride home to Iowa City I kept my hand in the pet carrier, rubbed her head and talked to her the entire way. Cashmere is a one person cat and I am lucky to be “her person.” She wants for nothing and is spoiled rotten, as it should be. She has beds, blankets, pillows, toys, cat trees, cat jungles, treats, and never ending love. Cashmere sleeps with me at night, sits at the table in the morning while I read the paper and drink my coffee, she follows me everywhere in the house, and talks up a storm when she wants to tell me something. Thank you for taking such good care of Cashmere until I adopted her. I guarantee you that she couldn’t be loved anymore than she is right now. She has found her “forever home” and I am “forever” grateful to share my life with her. Thank you Animal Lifeline and a special thank you to Martha. Cashmere sends an extra purr, just for you. Love, Susan