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.
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
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.
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.
I love volunteering at the ARL. The people are great the facility is amazing and the animals are in my heart forever.
Most amazing shelter I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
This is an awesome organization that I am proud to have my family associated with. The staff, volunteers, & foster families are some of the most caring & hard working people around. People seem to have heard that the ARL of Iowa won't turn an animal in need away, other shelter can't say that. No matter how packed the facility becomes (& how many foster homes they continue to look for now & in the future) they continue to struggle & continue to overcome the challenges of major overcrowding.
I am deeply grateful for the policy of the ARL which is TO NEVER PUT DOWN AN ADOPTABLE ANIMAL. Cats especially have remained in their care for over a year because they have not been adopted out yet, in no way, shape or form makes them any less valuable of a special animal in need of a chance for them & the ARL will continue to do their best to keep that animal in a home like surrounding until such time that the lucky day comes that the animal finds it's "furever" home & there is a place for everyone!!
I am currently a student at Iowa State University studying Management in order to one day open up my own not-for-profit animal shelter. Animal Rescue League is exemplary in their field, I would be proud if my shelter ended up being half the shelter that ARL is. ARL does so much more than rescue dogs and cats, they educate the public, perform spay and neuter surgeries for the nearby communities, and do so much more! By far the greatest nonprofit I have ever experienced, and I am truly honored to work as an intern for this organization.
I volunteer at the ARL as a dog companion. The animals are well cared for, and the staff does their best to evaluate and train them to ready them for adoption.
This is the best non-profit. As the largest animal shelter in the state of Iowa. We take in approximately 19,000 animals a year. And that is not only dogs and cats but everything from alligators to injured wildlife. We never turn a needy animal away and then make every effort to find it a forever home or a sanctuary for it to be cured. We also go into our community to help needy families keep their pets by offering micro-chipping, vaccines and spay and neutering. Which leads less homeless animals, by keeping them in their homes and preventing unwanted litters. We have a very small paid staff and a very large volunteer staff of almost 2,000 people and almost 87% of our donations goes to animal care. I'm not sure how are staff and volunteers get it all accomplished but we do because of our love for the animal.
They do lots of different kinds of promotions and have various volunteer opportunities that make it possible for everyone to find some way to help the ARL.
There are so many animals that have wonderful personalities and nobody to love and nobody to love them. I love the look on someone's face when they know they've found their forever friend and the wagging tails, barking, purring and cuddling when an animal knows "this is the one." We have two rescue cats that are sisters and I can't imagine our home without them.
The ARL is wonderful! They are great advocates for animals in the community with teaching and outreach. And they help so many animals every single day!!!
The ARL is a very professional group that runs like a well oiled machine. They make good use of their volunteers and really care about what they are doing.
When I retired, friends asked me "Well what are you going to do with all that spare time"..I answered, "Volunteer at the ARL". I volunteer in several different areas of the ARL, I'm a donor, and I adopted a puppy mill doggie. Because I work in these different areas, I see things that many don't. I see the care, love, patience that is given to every animal, medical needs being met, groomer making them pretty as well clean and comfortable, the kennels being scrubbed and cleaned early in the morning every day, volunteers spending time with those waiting for their furever home. Let's not forget about the spay and neuter clinics, the help lines to the Behavior Coordinator, the low cost training available to all. I've worked for major corporations in several states and I don't think I've ever been a part of an organization as well ran as the ARL. Are you a volunteer, a Care Tech, a Med Tech, do you work the Adoption Desk? No matter what your "job" is, you are made to feel that you are an important part of the team. I'm very proud to be a part of the ARL team and in my opinion the ARL deserves to be the #1 on the Top-Rated Non Profit List,
This is my 20th year volunteering for the ARL. The growth of this organization over those years has been astounding. The ARL has established so many programs in which volunteers can participate and really feel like they are making a difference in the life of an animal. I have also adopted all my pets from the ARL - starting way back in 1983.
The Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Iowa has so many programs - two that I am involved in are the Shelter Cat Program and Knittin' for Kittens. I foster cats for the Shelter Cat Program which is designed to get the longer residents cats and those that are not doing well in the shelter into a home environment while they are waiting for their forever homes. The ARL continues to promote these foster cats for adoption and they have a Facebook page for the foster network, a periodic newsletter for foster families, and on-going emails to check in on how the cats are doing. They really make foster families feel appreciated in helping them to find homes for even more animals. The Knittin'for Kittens program allows people to knit or crochet kitty mats the cats have in their cages while waiting for adoption and that can accompany him/her to their new home so they will have a scent they are familiar with.
The ARL is an amazing organization. I have worked with them as a volunteer, as a foster "parent", as a donor and have adopted animals there as well. They are professional in every area. The staff that they have is amazing and I can't say enough good things about them!
I have been a volunteer at the ARL for 2 years now. They are dedicated to helping all animals find a home. The staff is wonderful and caring it is a joy to volunteer there.
I spent some time volunteering at the ARL and I can honestly say it was the BEST part of my day. Even after a long day of work, I enjoyed cleaning kennels, walking dogs, petting kitties, etc. The people are friendly, the animals are friendlier! :) I have also adopted two pets from the ARL....a lab mix and a cat. They are great pets and I believe the ARL does the best job handling these poor homeless furbabies! I always recommend people adopt from the ARL!!
I adopted two cats in 2010, I donate monthly and I also foster kittens for the ARL. The cats I adopted have turned out to be two of the most amazing animals I have ever owned (full of love and personality) and I attibute that to the care given to them at the ARL. I became a part of the foster program in 2012 and have fostered 1 cat and 4 litters of kittens. I have had nothing but great experiences with the volunteers and staff I have come in contact with as a part of this program and they are always helpful, kind and appreciate. They also have an awesome facebook page that gives us adopters the opportunity to share experiences and pictures of the animals we have adopted.