Animal Control

Animal Care and Control

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is contracted by the city of Des Moines to provide animal control services for residents. Through this partnership, the citizens of Des Moines and their animals benefit because the ARL is able to offer:

  • Humane education to owners vs. strictly enforcement
  • FREE spay/neuter programs for the pets of qualified, low-income owners
  • Low-cost microchipping services
  • Adoptions of strays who have not been reclaimed
  • Dog houses, collars, tags, etc. to people who cannot afford them


Animal Care & Control Facts:

  • Average number of trips each day: 35-40
  • There are 4.5 Animal Control Officers performing animal control from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (7 days a week).
  • In 2015, there were 574 bites reported to Animal Care & Control, and every bite is investigated.
  • The Animal Care & Control location is open to the public from 9 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday.
  • For information regarding the City of Des Moines code, click here. (Note: Animal code can be found in Chapter 18.)
  • If you come across an animal in distress, call your local animal control agency or law enforcement. City of Des Moines residents can call (515) 283-4811.