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!
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.
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! This event is held at the Meadows Conference Center at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino.
The Angie Anderson Memorial Dog Walk & Fido Fest is a non-competitive walk to honor Angie Anderson. Angie was an influential volunteer and former board member of the ARL. Her passion for animals will be remembered and ALL proceeds from this event will benefit the ARL. Leading up to the Dog Walk, participants are encouraged to form teams and personally fundraise for the ARL.
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.
Diamonds & Dogs (July)
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.
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.
Come tee it up for the animals! This event features an 18-hole shotgun start, four person scramble tournament with team and individual prizes, a catered lunch and silent auction.
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.
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!