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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

13

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

5 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.

5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Most amazing shelter I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

ARL has saved countless furry lives. I know not all can be saved. I wish I could do more for them. I will be getting involved in knitting for them, now that I'm unemployed.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are so wonderful with the animals and are all truly good people. Very clean!

4 Meg N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Clean, helpful, careful, informative, proactive, positive attitude, professional

5 Shannon83

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had 6 stray Cats/kittens spayed & neutered with their wonderful Purr project programs! Their programs help
make it adorable for families! I know we appreciate it so much!

3 Kerry L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My bf got his cats from the ARL and had him for 13 wonderful years. The ARL does so much for animals and make an effort to place them all in loving homes. They help people keep their pets when they might otherwise have to give them up. They off spay/neuter clinics for people who can't afford it otherwise and they spay/neuter, microchip, and give all animals their shots. They are a great organization

3 Angela107

Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen the good works that the ARL provides for animals in need during the major flood in Cedar Rapids. Their facility is top notch and they have many loyal volunteers. The ARL is a beloved Iowa organization. and I donate whenever I can. They are helping little furry friends find a family to bless with their love. This work is priceless and absolutely worthy of this award.

2 Jeff88

Donor

Rating: 5

This place is heaven on earth for animals of all kinds the staff are very compassionate and caring love this place and I know the animals do

2 Carleene R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have recieved help from the ARL of Iowa for behavior problems with my pets that have mad it posable for me to keep them. which was grately appreciated

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our ARL ROCKS! They have been going city by city changing the pit bull laws! They rescue, feed, love and find new and loving families for all pets. They so deserve to recognized and applauded for all they do for our State of Iowa. Thank you for all you do!

Jessica196

Client Served

Rating: 4

My husband and I adopted our dog from the ARL. The volunteers and staff were very friendly and we could tell they take good care of each and every animal in the shelter!

1 Ginny15

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate items needed at the shelter for community projects and for sale in their store. I am also a cat foster parent, but my current foster will be staying!
The ARL is simply wonderful! They not only care for animals in need, they help the community to get involved on so many levels. Through their inventive (and numerous) programs the people in our area are providing loving homes for thousands of deserving animals.
My ARL rocks!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adore the ARL of Iowa and all of the work they do. My family and I all rescue from them and have great experiences every time!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our two amazing dogs from the animal rescue league this summer. The staff & volunteers were very knowledgable & caring & helped us transition to life with two dogs smoothly. They were so helpful through every step of the process, including after the adoption for additional support & advice!

2 Michelle268

Donor

Rating: 5

Love the ARL. Many many lives saved. We donate evey month because our four legged babies our family too!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

The ARL of IA does outstanding work saving all types of animals in our community. Their efforts & events are so inventive & creativite, people just want to jump in and get involved. While I am a monthly donor, I found myself donating several extra times a year to help the reach their goals. We are a "rescue dog only" family!

2 Vivian H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Animal Rescue League of Iowa does amazing work saving lives. We adopted our 2 cats from them in 2013. They had all their shots and were neutered and spayed when we took them home. They are the most lovable cats we have ever had. I believe that is due to the wonderful love and care they received from everyone at the Animal Rescue League. Thank you, Vivian Hill