Birthday Parties

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is a perfect place to celebrate your birthday! Two hours of animal filled fun and learning will leave you and your guests with plenty of memories from the special day.

$220 party package includes:

1.5 hours of activities lead by an ARL educator. Activities include a shelter tour, a mock-adoption with a plush toy for each guest to take home and animal themed games

  • An additional half hour for your personal birthday celebration
  • Souvenier plush dog that all guests sign for birthday child
  • Activity to adopt a plush cat or dog - all child guests leave with their "adopted pet" & adoption certificate
  • Face painting
  • A special visit from an animal guest
  • Printable invitations
  • $100 of your total party cost is a tax deductible donation to the ARL

"My sons and friends really enjoyed having their birthday party at the ARL - and even said it was the best one ever! It was so well organized and the kids said it felt way better to give gifts to the dogs and cats (guests brought pet donations instead of gifts for the birthday boys) rather than getting toys for themselves. The plush pet that was signed by all the guests was such a wonderful keepsake, and was more than enough. As parents, we love that a portion of the fee for the party was a donation to the ARL." - Melissa

Printable Paw-ty InvitationsFamilies are welcome to bring their own food, decorations and beverages.
The maximum number of guests is 10 children (including the birthday child) and 5 adults. All children attending must be 6 years of age or older (siblings of the birthday child who are under 6 years of age are invited to attend as long as the total number of children participating in the activities is under 10). Due to space and resources, the maximum of 10 children and 5 adults is strictly enforced.

Please note: For those with peanut allergies, peanut butter and other peanut products are present throughout the premise.

Reservations are required to be made at least two weeks in advance for all parties. 
Our birthday party schedule often fills up several weeks in advance.

'PAW'TY Dates & Times Available:
Fridays - 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays - 11:00 a.m-1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Set-up:  you can arrive up to 15 minutes prior to the start of your party.

Have your guests bring birthday presents in the form of donations to the ARL! Click here to for a current list of our most-needed items.

Sample Pawty Itinerary:
20 minutes:  Face paint & name tags
10 minutes:  Animal Charades
15 minutes:  Shelter Tour
30 minutes:  Adopt a plush cat or dog
5 minutes:  Group photos
10 minutes:  Visit from animal
30 minutes:  Guests sign souvenier dog for party child, and free time to sing happy birthday, open presents, eat cake, etc.

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Cancellation/Date Change Policy:  Due to the limited number of parties available each day, cancellations and date changes limit other families from reserving party times; because of this, we are happy to honor date change requests ONLY if received 4 weeks prior to the original reservation date.  Refunds will not be given for parties that need to change a date outside of the 4 week window, or that need to cancel altogether.  In that event, the reservation fee will be receipted as a 100% donation.  Thanks for your understanding!