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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.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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!)

Review from Guidestar

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.

1 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!'

Review from Guidestar

5

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

4

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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

3 Meg N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1 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

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!

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!

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!

1 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

1 Tabitha E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We attended the ARL for a service. The facility was extremely clean and well maintained. All the staff were very accommodating and offering water/treats to our dog that was with us. When it comes time to rescue another dog, we will be going through the ARL. They genuinely care and a great presence in the community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our blacklab in 2007 and have never ever regretted it. The only thing we had to pay for was his shots and his neutering. My 11 yr old granddaughter volunteers once a month to help where ever she is needed. When we are ready to get another pet we are going back there.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has always been a supporter of ARL's and this summer my sone and his wife and I visited the ARL in Des Moines, the main branch. While they knew about the shelter, I did not because I do not live in Des Moines. However, I was very impressed with not only the facility, but also with the wonderful volunteers who showed us all of the cats available for adoption but the lengths they went to in showing us the cats! They adopted two cats, who did not know each other but they took the time to introduce the cats to each other and tell us they accepted each other. Today Jack and Nico are firmly ensconced in my son and his wife's life. They are inseparable and a constant joy! Thank you DM ARL!!

Bicka H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Four years ago we decided we wanted a cat. Not necessarily a kitten, just a feline!! We stopped at the ARL one Sunday to "just look" and ended up with our cat. She was a year old, mistreated by her previous owners and in need of a forever family. An ARL person took us to a small room to "test out"some cats. They were all great, but this little one was special. She was so ugly and skinny and needy that we could not resist her. That same person came back and then told us the cat was also deaf. That sealed our deal! The people at ARL were so good with us. They helped us understand kitty and her deafness. They gave us helpful hints to work with kitty. As we completed the adoption process, everyone was so kind and we could tell that they really did love their work and their animal clients!
Since the adoption we have donated monthly and have purchased food for them a couple times.
We so appreciate what they did for us and for all the animals that need help. Bless them!

Kate86

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family adopted a cat from the ARL last summer and it was an experience beyond what I could've imagined. Volunteers were quick to answer questions about the animals and quickly got us into a bonding room to meet with the cat that we ended up adopting. They told us everything they knew about her, which isn't much since she was a stray. The ARL even had a promotion going on that every striped cat had an adoption fee of $25, and our sweet girl had stripes. The staff took us through the whole adoption process as our cat got one last look over by the vet. We got a whole folder of information about good vets in the area to do a free first checkup and other information about the cat. My family thanks the ARL for helping us find our feline friend! We've had Minerva for a little over a year and couldn't be happier. She's blossomed into a lap cat who loves people and greets everyone at the door. The ARL does great things for the state of Iowa and I hope they continue for many years to come.

Client Served

Rating: 4

After a long illness, or dog needed to be put to sleep. It was a very difficult decision for us to let him go, but we knew he would be at peace. But when we looked at ways to memorialize him, we found everything to be VERY expensive, until we found out that the ARL of Iowa would cremate him and return his ashes to us at a very affordable rate. We were thrilled. And they were so sensitive and caring throughout the process, as well as sending us a lovely letter letting us know that they understood our grief and when we were ready, a chance to meet a new friend through another adoption. So after we grieved the loss of our dear Winston, we went to the ARL of Iowa and met our new dog, Chip. We've had support from the ARL throughout the process of getting to know our new dog too. A great organization that deserves recognition for the work they do to keep people and their pets together, forever.