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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

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

4

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.

4

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!

4

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 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

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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!

Megan75

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They help animals in need to avoid almost certain death. They also provide the public with information to learn, volunteer opportunities, and workshops for people to better understand the pets they do have.

Margaret61

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our daughter and her husband used to volunteer. So glad they did. It was a great place to volunteer and help a worthy cause.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is always willing to go above and beyond. They do their utmost to find all aniamls a home now and are a no kill facility. This is a lot different than the ARL from the past. They work with the community and other rescues to help ALL animals in need. They rock.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended a conference at ARL recently and was thoroughly impressed. It is a beautiful facility and very well organized and very well managed. The work they do is not always easy, but everyone I saw there was smiling and genuinely seemed happy to be there whether an employee or volunteer. What a great resource for the Des Moines area, and the entire state of Iowa!

Darlene19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They go way beyond the norm of rescue. The facility is spotless and the animals are happy and loved.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

While visiting Des Moines from out of state, I left my dog in his mobile kennel while I attempted to have breakfast at a local diner. His safe and secure place while traveling is the canopy covered bed of my truck which has large sliding windows on three sides for adequate ventilation, and plenty of fresh water in a spill proof container--and although it was early July, there was a breeze and the sky was completely overcast. I am a very responsible pet owner and determined that he was at no risk of heat stress. Moreover, his mobile kennel complies with the definition of "adequate shelter" in Des Moines muni code Section 18.1. However, someone complained and an arrogant, young ARL officer lied about the temp in the truck and was generally very hostile and assertive. After I told her I planned to file a complaint with her supervisor, she called DMPD and had me arrested for disorderly conduct.

The next day when I attempted to file my complaint against her, I was arrested again for animal abuse even though I had obeyed her order to remove my dog from his safe place and abandon him in a frightening restaurant basement that had not been checked for rodent poisons or other potentially lethal hazards.

Moral of the story: ARL does not accept complaints against their employees. If you try to complain be prepared to be falsely charged and arrested--these people are very vindictive and well connected. (The ARL director is married to the ARL board chair, and his son is the animal control officer supervisor!)

Review from Guidestar

2 Brenda52

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The ARL has always been the best when rescuing animals, great program to help spay and neutering, program to supply food and leases for low income, training programs to help people learn how to take care of and train their pets. The beautiful birds that they recently acquired is a different story! Cannot believe they are requiring $20 to fill out a application....to see if you can adopt? The ARL must of called and got the price sheet at the pet stores because ARL prices are about the same. They also have not researched all of the Parrot Rescues which are bursting at the seams because people buy birds and do not educate themselves. The real problem is there are not many parrot rescues in Iowa. I question why did the ARL choose to sell these birds at pet store prices and the only reason I can figure out is to generate money for that shiny new building!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are so fortunate to have the ARL in our area. ARL not only cares for a tremendous number of homeless animals, but provides education to the public, provides programs for animal care, and is active in animal related legislation. ARL rocks!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In 1992 we adopted a terrier mix from ARL that was a much loved member of our family for 14 years.
Although he had been abused and wasn't a very socialized little guy, the staff at ARL gave Pookie Bear a second chance and gave us a wonderful little character.
Although we have moved to New Mexico, we still receive the weekly on -line news and marvel at what the ARL has accomplished. Wish we had them in Las Cruces!

Laura83

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've completely bonded to ARL and consider the organization a major asset of the Des Moines metro: My husband & I have been volunteers in years past (and surely will again as the busy-ness of life ebbs & flows): there were diverse opportunities suitable to each of us - where else could I photograph family pets for Christmas ornaments?... We've enjoyed community events like Dog Day at the ballpark and the annual auction (started going just the two of us & had so much fun we built up to buying a table & bringing friends). We are pleased to support ARL's work financially as much as possible. From the broader perspective, there is no end to the good they do in central Iowa. From their social networking, to spread information, to community education (like the dog grooming class I took this year), ARL permeates everything "pet" in this area. Their participation in last year's rescue of abused inmates of a puppy mill put them on my personal "hero" list. And taking over the City of Des Moines' "animal control" function is a big plus for the community also. But ARL is a personal asset as well. We've adopted four pets from them. All healthy, clean critters whose dynamic personalities add humor and dimension to our lives.

Becky21

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted a dog in aug 2011. She has been a great addition to our family. They were very helpful at finding us a good vet since we were new to the area. Any issues we have had they have been very helpful at helping us with them in a very timely manor. Thank you ARL!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In my earlier review my rating came out as 4 stars. I MEANT 5 !!!!!! I typed the wrong key!!! love the ARL!!VickyS