News & Articles

ARL is Open, Accountable and Committed

posted 6/24/2016

Earlier this month the Des Moines City Council voted unanimously to have the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) continue as its animal control provider - a role we have served for a little over 10 years. We are pleased to be continuing this partnership. One thing that came out of the process was the need to make people more aware of where they can find information about the ARL.

ARL Animal Control: Making a Difference for Des Moines' Animals

posted 6/13/2016

You may have heard that the contract for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa to provide animal control services and housing for the City of Des Moines is expiring on June 30. We have negotiated the contract with city staff for the past several months and it will be presented to the council for a vote on Monday, June 13.

Never Leave Pets in Vehicles & Other Summer Tips

posted 6/8/2016

Every summer, hundreds of cats and dogs die needlessly after they are left inside cars. During this time of year, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) receives about 5 calls each day alerting us to pets locked in cars.

ARL Partners with Clarinda Correctional Facility to Train Dogs for Veterans

posted 5/11/2016

Four dogs from the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) are starting training to become companions for veterans. Their training program begins at the Clarinda Correctional Facility in Clarinda, IA. Eight offenders will work with the dogs for six weeks training them in basic skills and manners. At the end of the program the dogs will be adopted to veterans.

Iowa Organizations Selected for Service Enterprise Training

posted 5/4/2016

Volunteer Iowa announced the selection of six organizations as participants in the Service Enterprise Initiative certification training, including the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

Tips for Keeping Pets Safe in Winter Weather

posted 1/13/2016

Winter weather is here to stay. Here are some tips to keep your pets safe in cold temperatures.

Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

posted 12/21/2015

Help your pets to have a joyful holiday season by following these holiday safety tips.

ARL Offers Pet Safety Tips for Thanksgiving

posted 11/23/2015

Family gatherings and feasts of food are often key components of Thanksgiving celebrations. However, both can pose dangers to your pets. Consider the following tips to keep your pets safe during the festivities of the holiday.

Preparing Your Pet for Holiday Visitors

posted 11/5/2015

When it comes to the holiday season, every pet owner knows to keep the chocolate goodies out of the dog's reach and the poinsettias out of the cat's tummy, but seldom do people think to prepare their pets for the inevitable chaos that comes with the end of another year.

Reunited After 14 Years!

posted 10/26/2015

Ralph was a gift from Santa for 8 year-old Jill. Jill and her brother Adam loved Ralph for 3 years...but then as cats sometimes do, he got out one day, and despite searching everywhere, they never saw him again. That is, until now, 14 years later.