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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

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I can't even begin to put in words all the great work ARL does for pets, people and our community. I love all the programs they have implemented over the last several years to help combat pet over-population. From spay/neuter programs, community outreach to foster & adoption. I have adopted all my cats from the ARL and would highly recommend their shelter for anyone who asks.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love to visit the ARL! It is always so clean and the staff are so friendly!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've adopted 1 dog and 1 cat and they were both very healthy and well-behaved. Had great interactions with the staff during the process and the building was clean and the animals were well cared-for.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a dog and cat from the ARL and both times the pets were healthy, the staff were friendly, and the building was spotless. These 2 pets are the love of my life. Thank you!

2 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.

1 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

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 Michelle268

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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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!

1 Ronda6

Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched the ARL do its wonderful work for many years. I gladly support them and their goals. They make every effort to reunite lost pets with owners. To find homes for all their beautiful fur babies. And to help the community spay and neuter their pets. Not to mention the programs they have to help those in need keep their pets in their homes. They area true asset to Des Moines, and the surrounding communities.

Donor

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog from ARL in 2012 and have been a small scale donor since. I love that they have the resources to get these animals into loving homes quickly and efficiently. When I adopted my dog I felt that they really took the time to make sure we were a good fit for her. That made me feel comfortable donating to them, and I hope they continue that still. We check ARL all the time for what dogs are up for adoption, and though we aren't ready for a new dog quite yet, they are a great resource for us to determine what kind of dog will be best.

Kate56

Donor

Rating: 5

The ARL is the place that the public, authorities and the news media can turn to for animal issues. They are always kind, caring and thoughtful. Without them the Central Iowa area would be awash in miserable pets and lost animals.

Donor

Rating: 5

ARL of Iowa serves as a much needed resource to aid animals of all types around the state of Iowa. As a horse lover, I am especially pleased at their horse rescue role in a state with very few such facilities.
They are an excellent organization.

David167

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent, caring individuals at the ARL of Iowa. They go above and beyond what is necessary for animal care.

Donor

Rating: 5

They do an awesome job with their faciilties and helping animals find a home.

Donor

Rating: 5

I adopted a cat from the ARL a few years ago, and now also foster cats through the Shelter Cat Getaway program. In addition, I volunteer donate, and attend the special events each year. The ARL is a great organization with tons of great programs - a huge asset to Des Moines and the entire state!

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been to the ARL many times and are always amazed at what a clean, nice facility it is. The staff and volunteers absolutely love what they do and it is so evident as you walk through the ARL. We have participated in fundraising events with our daughter and dachshund, everything is always organized and runs smoothly. We look forward to many more events with the ARL in Des Moines.

Donor

Rating: 5

Even though I do not own any pets, I am a donor to the ARL. I have toured the facility several times and have found it to be exceptionally clean and the animals are healthy and well-cared for. Every member of the staff is knowledgeable, experienced and extremely dedicated. They all do whatever is necessary for the well-being of the animals. Many of the staff also provide foster care in their homes for animals that may need a break from facility dwelling. I also must mention the wonderful team of volunteers who cheerfully pitch in and provide all manners of care for these animals. When I mentioned the volunteers to the staff members, they wholeheartedly credit the volunteers with much of the success of this organization. I receive great satisfaction from knowing that my donation contributes to the successful outcome of many pet adoptions.

Donor

Rating: 5

After an extremely rough year of my life, a therapist suggested I adopt a pet. I grew up with dogs and cats when I was young, and decided to check out the local shelters to find the right one. I ended up choosing to adopt form the ARL because I could tell from the moment I walked in the staff truly cared for the animals and took care of them. I adopted my dog last year, she had some issues because she had been previously abandoned, and the staff was helpful in explaining her conditions and giving me suggestions on how to correctly care for her and work through her issues. After hearing Corkie (my dog's) story, and meeting her in a 'hug room' I knew she was the right one for me. We both had issues to work through, and it was finally time we had someone to work with us and love us through the hard times. Today both my dog and I are better than ever and loving life. I wouldn't have found my best friend who has helped me through one of the worst times in my life without the ARL. She is truly part of the family. As a recent college graduate money is tight, but I decided to become a donor because the ARL is an amazing place that deserves our support. Without them, many animals would never have a chance. I'm thankful every morning for the wonderful people at the ARL who introduced me to my 'fur-child!'

Donor

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, donor and an adopter, I highly recommend the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. The staff is professional, compassionate and dedicated to the animals they serve. Both staff and volunteers take pride in providing excellent care for the animals, a great experience for the adopter and keep the facility spotless. The ARL of Iowa is a great non-profit and I'm confident that my donations are wisely spent to care for animals in need, to promote animal welfare and to develop programs to prevent the overpopulation of pets. A+ organization!

Becky20

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization has done wonderful things. They are truly committed to helping animals in need and finding them forever loving homes! All of our pets have come from the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. We proudly support them and their cause.