Special Events

Special Events

Every year, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa holds more than 30 events with the intent to entertain, educate, increase public awareness on animal issues and raise money to change lives.

There is an event for everyone (and almost every pet), so please take a look below to see which events you, your family and friends will attend. Have FUN while helping animals in need!

Gourmet Apples (January-February)

The ARL Gourmet Apples are a popular and delicious fundraiser that provides supporters with the perfect gift for a loved one, co-worker, friend or neighbor for Valentine's Day. Apples are $15, when you buy 5, you'll get the 6th apple FREE! We will also offer delivery options if you purchase 15 apples (valid within the Des Moines metro area).



Raise Your Paw Auction (April)

The Raise Your Paw Auction is the ARL's largest fundraiser and the largest event of the year. With over 350 silent auction items and 100 live auction items there is something for everyone - all to benefit the animals! The 2017 event will be held at the Iowa Events Center (NEW VENUE!) on April 29, 2017.



Iowa Dog Jog – Walk. Run. Wag. (September)

Join us for the Dog Jog & Fido Fest – A 5k Fun Run and Dog Walk! Whether you have a dog or not you can participate to support the animals at the ARL! Participants will end the race at a post-race street party downtown, so bring your friends to cheer you on as you finish and party the night away! Enjoy a full day of fun in support of the animals at the ARL.


The Cat's Meow (June)

This event is a celebration of our feline friends and an opportunity to learn more about them! The Cat's Meow offers wine and snacks, music, art for feline lovers, silent auction items and more at the ARL Main Shelter.


Mane Event (September)

Join us for the event that is all about horses and the ARL Second Chance Ranch Program! The evening includes entertainment, a catered meal, cash bar, silent auction, barn and arena tours and you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with our adoptable horses.


Fashion Show (August)

Join us for a fashion show featuring human fashions and pet fashions modeled by ARL adoptable animals! The afternoon includes fashion vendors, appetizers, cash bar, music and fun for all.


Santa N' Paws (November)

Bring your family (humans and pets) for a professional holiday photo shoot with Santa! The ARL's annual photo fundraiser is offered on multiple dates and locations (including the ARL Main Shelter) in November. Holiday cards, images on CD and other items are available for purchase and this is a family tradition for many ARL supporters!