Fetch! List (Items Needed)

In an effort to reduce costs and improve operations, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa seeks in-kind donations of new or gently used supplies and product. If you would like to make a donation not on this list, please send description (and photo preferred) to Mick McAuliffe at mmcauliffe@arl-iowa.org.

At ARL Main (5452 NE 22nd St, Des Moines) is preferred (due to storage abilities) but donations can be dropped off at ARL West or ARL South if it is the only option.

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Cat/Kitten Care

Currently Have Enough:


Dog/Puppy Care

Currently have enough:

  • Dry adult dog food
  • Dry puppy food
  • Peanut butter (creamy) (no peanut butter containing xylitol, please)
  • Milkbones
  • Stainless steel food/water bowls
  • Beds (no microfoam, please)
  • Flea/tick preventative (please send to "ATTN: Medical")
  • Heartworm preventative (please send to “ATTN: Medical”)
  • Boomer Balls (6"+)
  • Pet Carriers


Small Animal Care

  • Rabbit food
  • Rabbit litter
  • Small animal food for all species (hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice, guinea pigs, chinchillas, ferrets)
  • Timothy Hay


Rescue Ranch Care

  • Horse feed (Total Equine)
  • Horse bedding (Pine shavings; no cedar, please)
  • Good quality small square grass hay bales
  • Mineral and salt blocks
  • Muck forks
  • Chicken feed

Currently have enough:

  • Muck buckets
  • Stall fans (box fans)
  • Rope halters
  • Lead ropes


Shelter Supplies

Currently have enough:

  • Newspapers
  • Washcloths
  • Puppy Pads
  • Bird food
  • Glass cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic grocery bags (used as poop bags)
  • Shoe boxes
  • Latex gloves
  • Laundry detergent (high efficiency)
  • Dish soap
  • Trash bags (20 gallon or larger)
  • Frebreeze Noticeables refills (for adoption areas)
  • White copy paper
  • 2-Way Radio Carrying Case
  • Lamination Tape
  • Clear Lamination Tape
  • Pre-paid gasoline cards (for animal transport vehicles)
  • Tools (hand, power, garden)
  • Shovels
  • RV (to convert into mobile adoption vehicle)
  • Batteries (AA, D, C, 9V)
  • Fleece fabric (for cat hammocks and cat toys)
  • Gift cards to pet supply stores, Hy-Vee, and Wal-Mart
  • Acrylic paint (for cat hammocks)
  • Pipe cleaners (for cat toys)
  • Craft paint brushes
  • Foam craft brushes


Outreach Programs

  • Collars (new or used; no prong collars or choke chains, please)
  • Leashes (nylon, leather, or canvas)
  • Dog houses
  • Breakaway cat collars
  • Dog brushes
  • Cat combs
  • Nail clippers for dogs and cats


Please do NOT donate the following:

  • Newspapers - We currently have more than enough.
  • Washcloths - We currently have more than enough.
  • Puppy Pads - We currently have more than enough.
  • AA Batteries - We currently have more than enough.
  • Bird food - We currently have more than enough.
  • Tennis balls - We currently have more than enough.
  • Pillows
  • Wire rabbit cages
  • Pine bedding
  • Microfoam beds
  • Catnip
  • Prong collars/choke chains
  • Prescription medicines or vaccines

Contributions to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. If you have any questions about donating, e-mail cbell@arl-iowa.org or call 515-473-9107.