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 save animals in need.

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!

Valentine's Apples (January-February)

The ARL Valentine's 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 and new in 2014, when you buy 5, you'll get the 6th apple FREE! We will also offer delivery options if you purchase 15 apples (valid for 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 2015 event will be held at the Meadows Conference Center at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino on April 25th. Thank you to all of our 2014 gift in-kind sponsors!



Dog Jog & Fido Fest – A 5k Fun Run and Dog Walk (May)

One big party, four ways to participate! Join us for this 5k Fun Run & Dog Walk presented by Anderson Animal Hospital - Saturday, May 17th! This isn't your every day race...whether you have a dog or not you can participate and you can choose to run a 5k or walk a one mile course! Participants will end the race into Breck's post-race street party downtown so bring your friends to cheer you on as you finish and party the night away! Participants at all levels will receive a goody bag (register early to guarantee your shirt size!) and enjoy a day of fun in support of the homeless pets.


Mane Event (May)

Join us for the event that is all about horses and the ARL Barn Buddy Program! The evening includes live music, food, drinks, and barn tours. Attendees also learn about the needs and future plans of the Barn Buddy Program.



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.


Galloping Grand Prix (August)

The Galloping Grand Prix is a premier equestrian show and jumping competition featuring top riders and horses from across the nation. Guests enjoy appetizers and table seating under the pavilion at Maffitt Lake.


Diamonds & Dogs (September)

Attendees enjoy an evening of fine wines, delectable hors d' oeuvres, live music and diamond suspense at the ARL's Diamonds & Dogs event. Diamond Ticket holders have the chance to win a real diamond from Herman's Fine Jewelry.



Pet-A-Porter Fashion Show (October)

Pet-A-Porter is 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!