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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.

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143 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Cherise T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

You killed an innocent dog

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They killed Diesel.
Liars and killers do not get to use the word "rescue".

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an ARL volunteer, adopter and donor, and I can't say enough good things about this organization. The staff is top notch and I have seen how much they truly care about the animals and people they serve. I would recommend them to anyone looking to adopt a pet.

2 Jessica D.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa for 10+ years. Starting off as an adopter, then volunteer and now donor. Having been involved with every part of this organization, I can tell you that they are some of the most passionate animal advocates around. Animals do come first for them and I am proud to be associated with such an amazing organization.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks to the ARL we were able to find & adopt our four legged best friend. It’s such a great organization that truly cares about animal welfare and the community. Thank you for everything that you all do & please keep up the great work!

2 Jodi A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer serving in various roles, I cannot say enough good things about the ARL, it's staff and the services provided to all animals in need. I HIGHLY recommend the ARL as your next stop when looking to adopt a new family member!

2 Angela L.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can't say enough great things about the ARL. Their staff is always professional and knowledgeable. And they provide such amazing and loving care to all the animals there! They are quick to respond to questions and are immensely creative when it comes to marketing and fundraising!

2 Heidi K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've adopted from the ARL and will continue to do so for years to come. They are one of the cleanest shelters I've ever been in. It's obvious everyone who works there loves and respects the animals they care for.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I volunteer with several organizations as well as serve as President for a local animal program in my area. Everything I know about the ARL has lead me to believe this is a top notch facility that other animal shelters should replicate. From the design of the building, all the way to it's marketing practices, I really admire the ARL!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Animal Rescue League is an amazing place. So clean. Organized. The staff is so caring about each and every animal there.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a long-time volunteer and supporter of the ARL. I have been impressed with the organization's compassion and efforts to continue to do more for the animals. The community and the animals are blessed to have such a wonderful organization working for the benefit of the animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have adopted all of my animals from the ARL! Great place with caring staff. Iowa is lucky to have the ARL!!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm about to adopt my 3rd pet from them since all of the animals I've adopted so far from the ARL have been friendly, healthy, and full of love. Highly recommended!

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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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Lesley Ann G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I would love to give them lower than a 1. They are the WORST Animal Welfare organization. This organization's practices and policies are not accurate because they refuse to share their statistics openly. Employees and volunteers are under gag orders, which is against the law.
Ask Pinky, Frosty, Diesel and many other pets that have been tortured by the ARL in a money grabbing scheme. They do NOT put the animal's welfare first. It certainly should NOT be non-profit. They had a funding drive for a puppy with mange. As a former vet tech treating mange is NOT expensive. No need for a funding drive.
ARL needs to be reined in and their practices exposed for all to see how horrible they are

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The ARL of Iowa has held Pinky( a dog) alone in the back rooms without any visits allowed from her owners. No one on the outside world has seen her for two years. Her crime , getting into an argument with a cat. The cat is fine, Pinky was fine. The owners went through the court system and the Justices decision from the court of appeals ruled they should release Pinky. This happened today April 3, 2018. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa will NOT release her back to her owners! Is she still alive? Think about it TWO YEARS IN A DARK ROOM ON A COLD CONCRETE FLOOR! Does this punishment seem right? Of course not. I wouldn't trust this place with a stuffed animal let alone a live one. Free Pinky! and Diesel who you have done the same too. Show the world all the love you have given her for the past TWO YEARS!

Amanda R.2

Donor

Rating: 1

The ARL does NOT put the animals first!! They have dragged a court battle out where they are dead set on killing a sweet dog for an innocent spat with a cat where the cat's owner wished Pinky no ill will!! The Iowa Appellate Court even agreed with Pinky's owner Diana Helmmers that Pinky should be released into her care and GO HOME after the ARL Has CRUELLY locked Pinky up for TWO YEARS! Helmmers owns AGAPE SHELTERS and took over ownership of Pinky after the cat spat. She has fought to Save Pinky's Life and we support her! The ARL's management is selfish and destructive towards animals. I used to support them with thousands in donations! NEVER AGAIN until they prove they truly care about animal welfare with solid changes and focused action. They have wasted thousands in donations and tax payer money in a 2 year legal battle for Pinky's life! This MUST STOP! We will NOT be deterred in our fight and demand to BRING PINKY HOME!!!!

1 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.

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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.

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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.

1

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.

1

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!)

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