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.
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
The ARL of Iowa has continuously made strides in improving community education/awareness, creating programs to ensure long-term/permanent adoptions, and innovative fundraising/community support activities. If I could take on another animal, this would be the first place I'd go to and would donate to in the DSM area.
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!
As a founding member and past board president of another nonprofit in the community, I've worked closely with ARL over the past few years to improve conditions for pets and their people in central Iowa. ARL has partnered with us in a number of programs to collaborate and cooperate for the best all-around results. Their staff members and management are thought leaders and community leaders, walking the talk. I look forward to being involved with them in the years to come as we all work together to make Iowa one of the best places for animals in the country.