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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

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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!!!!

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

2 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!'

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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.

1 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!