Transfer Partners

Adopting From Rescue Groups
Approximately half of the dogs that are available for adoption at the ARL are purebreds. If you're looking for a specific breed, please click here to search the animals available for adoption. New animals are added each day, so check back often. If you absolutely cannot wait for a specific breed, please visit some of the breed rescue groups that we work with below to find the breed you're looking for.

Sending Animals to Rescue
The ARL Transfer Partner program maintains successful working relationships between the ARL and other licensed and qualified animal welfare organizations to enable transferring animals from the ARL to Transfer Partner organizations when it is in the best interest of the animals, and ensure the successful placement of the animal in a permanent home. The ARL works primarily with animal welfare organizations in Iowa, but may work with organizations outside of Iowa on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, any interested organization is invited to apply to become an ARL Transfer Partner.

ARL Transfer Partners are licensed shelters and rescue groups who are able and willing to accept animals transferred from the ARL. ARL Transfer Partners may be located anywhere in Iowa or outside Iowa. Many of these groups specialize in a particular breed, species, or animals who possess certain medical or behavioral conditions. Often, they are able to give specialized, long-term care to pets requiring it.

Organizations interested in becoming an ARL Transfer Partner must possess 501(c)3 status, all required licenses and permits, be in good standing with local regulatory agencies, and conduct themselves professionally in the community. For more information, or if your organization is interested in becoming an ARL Transfer Partner, please contact Cindy Gerke at (515) 473-9108, or e-mail Additional information can be found via the links below:

ARL Transfer Partner Program Description
Transfer Partner Adoption Affidavit
Transfer Partner Application
Transfer Partner Partnership Agreement
Transfer Partner Transfer Contract

Multiple Species
Small Animal Rescue Team of Iowa
Humane Society of Perry
Iowa Animal Partnership
Siouxland Humane Society

Afghan Hound Club of America Rescue
Airedale Terrier Rescue (ATRA)
American Basenji Rescue
American Brittany Rescue
American Eskimo Rescue & Sanctuary of Iowa
Big Dogs Huge Paws
Border Collie Rescue of Minnesota
Cavalier Rescue USA Midwest Region
Cedar Valley Humane Society (dogs and cats)
Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue
Col Potter Cairn Rescue Network
Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue
Cocker Spaniel Resources, Inc.
Colorado St. Bernard Rescue
Corgi Connection of Kansas
Crest-Care (Chinese Crested & other naturally hairless breeds)
Doberman Rescue of Nebraska
Doberman Rescue of Minnesota
English Springer Rescue America, Inc.
French Bulldog Rescue
Fur Fun Rescue
Gordon Highlander Rescue Program
Great Plains Pointer Rescue
Great Pyrenees Rescue of Iowa
Great Pyrenees Rescue of Nebraska - See dogs on PetFinder or e-mail
Great Pyrenees Rescue of Western Illinois
Heart of America Newfoundland Rescue
Hooves & Paws Rescue of The Heartland, Inc.
Illinois English Bulldog Rescue
Illinois Shorthair Rescue
Iowa Basset Hound Rescue
Iowa Collie Breed Rescue
Iowa Golden Retriever Rescue
Iowa Weimaraner Rescue
Kansas City English Bulldog Rescue (KCEBR)
Lakeshore PWC Rescue: Corgi's
MidAmerica Rottweiler Rescue (MARR)
MidAmerican Boston Terrier Rescue
Mid-Iowa Boxer Rescue
Midwest Border Collie Rescue (MWBCR)
Midwest Dog Rescue Network
Midwest Mastiff Rescue, Inc.
Midwest Schipperke Rescue
Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue
Minnesota Sheltie Rescue
Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue
German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Iowa
Missouri Valley Boxer Club and Rescue
Nebraska Italian Greyhound Rescue/Italian Greyhound Club of America Rescue
National Borzoi Rescue Foundation
Peke N Chin Midwest
Protege Canine Rescue
Pug Partners of Nebraska
Ridgeback Rescue of the United States (Rhodesian Ridgeback)
S'Wheat Rescues (Wheaten Terrier)
Save Our Setters
Schnauzer Rescue of So WI
Secondhand Hounds
St. Louis Scottish Terrier Rescue
Taysia Blue Siberian Husky Rescue
The Internet Miniature Pinscher Service, Inc. (IMPS)
The Mia Foundation
United Yorkie Rescue
Upper Midwest Great Dane Rescue
Wag N Train Terrier Rescue
Westie Rescue of Missouri
White Paw German Shepherd Rescue
WI Rottweiler Rescue
Wire Fox Terrier Rescue Midwest

Burge Bird Rescue
Iowa Reptile Rescue
Iowa Wildlife Center

Contact to have your shelter or rescue group join our Transfer Partner network.