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Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc.

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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

128 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

jjorgens

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beautiful, clean building, friendly staff, cool events and great programs (humane education, low-cost spaying and neutering, crisis foster, etc.) that benefit the community. All of my pets have been adopted from the ARL, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new friend.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The ARL has such an innovative approach to helping pets AND people in the community. While adopting animals into loving forever homes seems to be forefront, the organization goes above and beyond to develop new ways to help people keep animals in their homes, whether it be through veterinary assistance, low-cost spay/neuter programs, providing pet supplies, offering behavior help and training classes, and more. I will forever support the ARL and their efforts to help every animal that needs it.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I started working at the ARL a year ago, and even though their reputation proceeded them, I have witnessed an increased commitment to the welfare of homeless pets and the services to communities who might be at risk to relinquish their pets. Implementing programs for owners in resource deserts help keep their pet(s) in their home have made a big impact in our intake and the amount of money spent on relinquished animals. I am continually impressed with the innovative actions to enhance the human animal bond in central Iowa and will continue to build partnerships in the community to support our mission.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have always adopted through the ARL. They offer so many opportunities and education. This is my feel good place. Plus they give animals a second chance.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted my 2 dogs and 3 cats from the ARL - the process was seamless and the facility gorgeous! You can tell the employees really care about the animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The ARL is a wonderful organization that truly cares about animals! I have adopted all of my pets from the ARL and have volunteered here for years - The facility is clean, the animals well taken care of and the place is full of people that obviously love what they do (both staff and volunteers!)

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I can't even begin to put in words all the great work ARL does for pets, people and our community. I love all the programs they have implemented over the last several years to help combat pet over-population. From spay/neuter programs, community outreach to foster & adoption. I have adopted all my cats from the ARL and would highly recommend their shelter for anyone who asks.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 5 cats and 4 dogs from the ARL. We are grateful that the ARL cared for our four-legged families members until they became a part of our family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is a very special place that serve very special animals. I have adopted pets from the organization, volunteered for the ARL, and now have the great privilege of working for them. This organization is always there to speak and care for the animals and they do it all without State, Federal or United Way funds. I would give them a 10 star review if that was possible.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love to visit the ARL! It is always so clean and the staff are so friendly!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've adopted 1 dog and 1 cat and they were both very healthy and well-behaved. Had great interactions with the staff during the process and the building was clean and the animals were well cared-for.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a dog and cat from the ARL and both times the pets were healthy, the staff were friendly, and the building was spotless. These 2 pets are the love of my life. Thank you!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have gotten 3 of our cats from the ARL, and they are the best place ever for adopting & rescuing animals. Each year gets better and better, too, with their live release rate statistics and rescue stories. Plus, each animal you adopt comes microchipped, fixed, and up-to-date on shots & de-worming, which saves a lot of stress and money for bringing them home. The staff cares so much about the animals and the facility is so nice compared to others, it's no wonder they receive so many awards for being great!

Review from Guidestar

1 Megan150

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted from the ARL in November and could not be happier! I started out thinking I would just foster him and give him a break from the shelter but the moment I got him home I knew he was mine, he got along perfectly with my other dog and slept in the bed on his first night in the house. The foster staff were thrilled when I told them I wanted to adopt and made the process really easy for me, they had all the paperwork waiting at the front desk when I got there! This is an amazing organization that does great work for animals! I will continue to send all of my family and friends there to find their new family members and remind them 'Adopt don't Shop!'

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 1

A secret group filled with wives, sons, daughters, and relatives veiled behind millions of dollars for public relations. Volunteers afraid of speaking out of the stacked frozen bodies of perfectly adaptable animals. They have written a gag rule I to their newest contract where the city cannot ask about their finances in regards to the animal control contract. They are not a friend to animals.

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.

4

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.

2

Former staff

Rating: 1

Tom Colvin, executive director of ARL, his wife, Carol Griglione, who is president of the board that oversees his work, and their son, Josh, who they hired and refuse to publicly share his salary have been running one of the worst managed, least transparent non profit organizations. Their conflicts of interest expand beyond their own walls into the halls and corridors of state and local government. Their PR staff, Stephanie Filer, and social media managers will actively deny citizens their First Amendment Rights for asking questions they just don't want the public to ask. A CITIZEN LED REVOLUTION IS OCCURRING IN IOWA TO ESTABLISH AND SUPPORT A NEW, MEMBERSHIP BASED, NO KILL SERIES OF SHELTERS. ARL's operations are under increasing examination and investigation by a untrusting public.

Review from Guidestar

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!

5

Client Served

Rating: 1

Killing more animals then saving. Won't reveal their save versus kill numbers. Does not work with many Iowa Rescues to save lives. Mislabeling animals for excuses to kill them.
Too much nepotism with Tom, Josh and Carol Colvin all on the payroll directly or indirectly.
Not transparent with the public. Adopting an animal from any facility does not make them a loving, compassionate place. Transparency and allowing what goes on behind closed doors with high save numbers and working with all to protect and save animals is what makes a 4 star place as there are no 5 stars facility as no one is perfect.

Review from Guidestar

4 Ronda V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at the ARL. The people are great the facility is amazing and the animals are in my heart forever.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter first took me to the main facility several years ago. She regularly takes small groups of developmentally disabled adults there on field trips. It is such a nice facility! Clean, well run and friendly. They are all about the animals!

When our 20 year old cat passed away last year my husband and I were on the hunt. We looked for weeks, found the perfect cat and brought her home. She is a joy and great companion. She was sent home with a small knitted blanket and she carries it around and sleeps on it every night (usually perched on top of one of her humans). She usually uses it during her daylight catnaps too. We love her and continue to enjoy an afternoon trip to the facility just to pass the time and visit. What great people.