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Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

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

156 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were ready to add a new family member and the ARL had the perfect fit for us, Ricardo! He has been such a great animal to train and has become my older dog's best friend. I cannot thank the ARL enough for saving animals of all shapes and sizes and helping me find Ricardo.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I fostered my first dog at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa earlier this year. It was an amazing experience that I hope to do again in the future. I was provided support from the foster coordinator and the veterinarians when I had questions or concerns. I could see and feel the compassion in the staff that I dealt with.

Camille M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Not only have I adopted my pets from the ARL, but I have also volunteered off and on for years. The staff and volunteers are the most compassionate people you will ever meet, and I will continue to support this organization. Top notch.

Courtney T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with, adopted from and donated to the ARL. They are experts in the field and mobilize an impressive volunteer force for the good of hundreds of animals each year!! We are lucky to have them in Iowa!

Jessica D.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The ARL is an amazing organization that I have been involved with for over a decade. Starting off with my first adoption almost 12 years ago and I have adopted 6 animals from them in total including an 8 year old blind cat just last year. They are passionate about animal welfare and provide so many services that benefit the entire Des Moines community. They are champions for so many animals and continually fight to make sure all animals are represented.
I am proud to be a donor and volunteer as well.

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The ARL Is a FANTASTIC organization. As a volunteer, I have been blown away by the number of ways I can get involved and the wonderful programs they offer the community. The staff are very knowledgeable and work hard to make sure everyone has a great experience. I seriously cannot recommend this place enough!

Meg T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The ARL is an incredible facility! I've adopted two pets from them and had great experiences each time! The staff that helped me was knowledgeable and positive which was very encouraging as a new pet owner! Thanks ARL!

Donor

Rating: 5

Wow - this place is a DREAM. I've adopted 2 pets from the ARL and every interaction has been so friendly, informative, and positive. The staff is so caring and will really go above and beyond. It's incredible how they provide so much support to the community, it goes way beyond just adopting pets. I donate to this org because the pets and people in our community would suffer greatly without the resources that the ARL has available.

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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.

CatLoverx4

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is a top notch organization. Over the last 15 years, I have been involved with the ARL as a volunteer, foster, adopter and now financial supporter. The shelter is state of the art and very clean. The staff is incredibly friendly and understanding! They do everything they can to find the perfect, forever homes for the animals. The animals are well cared for and loved while they wait for that special home. I would recommend the ARL for adoption services & end of life services over other organizations in central Iowa.

jjorgens

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been involved with the ARL as a volunteer, adopter and donor for years and I can't say enough about this organization and its staff. I've adopted all of my pets from the ARL and wouldn't go anywhere else!

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The ARL has been a great place full of love for pets, knowledge, and caring people who really put the animals first. There are several programs and resources pet owners and potential adopters can reference. Fostering a dog from the ARL has been a great experience. They've been extremely helpful on any questions I have and very attentive to how the pup is doing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have 3 adopted cats from the ARL, and occasionally foster animals too, and it is the only place I will adopt animals from now. They care about every animal and its needs, and are quick and eager to help out anyone who needs any sort of care for their animals, whether it is an emergency foster, food, medicine, or behavior help. My cats are the best animals ever, and they came home with me already spayed, microchipped, vaccinated, treated for their other ailments (one had eye surgery in the shelter, one came in as a stray with ringworm), and they have been happy and healthy ever since. I attend many of the ARL events, too, and they are always so well put together and people are so excited to be there, and when there are animals involved, it's even better!

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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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

How can there be some that love it and some that don't ?!?!?! Is it just CONTROL that the people like. that is running the ARLI Sometimes that becomes more important then the love of animals. I have seen it happen. Get an animal lover to come in and straighten the place out. People I am getting so that I can't stand people . If people were only as loving as animals what a wonderful world it would be !!!!!

1 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".

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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.

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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!