News & Articles

Frightened Rottweiler Jumps off Bridge Viaduct & Survives

posted 3/24/2015

On Sunday, March 15, the Animal Rescue League's (ARL) Animal Control department was dispatched to the Guthrie viaduct in Des Moines after a witness saw a male Rottweiler jump over the side. The witness said she had seen the Rottweiler on top of the viaduct and attempted to call the dog over to her, but he panicked and jumped and landed at least 2 stories down, on the tracks below.

Remembering Echo

posted 2/25/2015

The ARL has had the honor to partner with Midwest K9 Protection and Detection for many years to place dogs with their program to be trained as K9 dogs. It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of one of "our" K9 stars, Echo.

Tips for Keeping Pets Safe in Winter Weather

posted 1/7/2015

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

UPDATE: Stormy Has Been Adopted!

posted 1/5/2015

On Wednesday we received a call from a Polk County Animal Control Officer to assist with a 6 week old kitten he was trying to rescue from a 20 foot culvert in Johnston. With the morning rain, the water was rising and he wasn't able to reach the kitten, despite his best efforts. We quickly loaded up with nets and poles and headed out there.

31 Wild Animals Removed from Merle Hay Mall Early Saturday Morning

posted 12/27/2014

Five agencies partner to remove the 21 different species as part of a court order.

Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

posted 12/22/2014

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

ARL Offers Pet Safety Tips for Thanksgiving

posted 11/25/2014

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.

Remembering Dr. Greg Berry

posted 10/30/2014

The ARL is profoundly sad to announce the loss of our long time staff veterinarian, Dr. Greg Berry, who passed away unexpectedly October 28 from a massive heart attack.

3 Kittens Found in Dumpster - Only 1 Survivor

posted 10/22/2014

One week ago, a construction crew was tossing broken concrete into a dumpster, only a few miles from the ARL, when they heard a meow. They quickly climbed in to find 3 kittens and rushed them to us. Sadly, two of the kittens did not make it. Miraculously, one kitten did survive and his prognosis is hopeful.

Agencies Partner to Rescue Kitten from Culvert

posted 9/26/2014

On Wednesday we received a call from a Polk County Animal Control Officer to assist with a 6 week old kitten he was trying to rescue from a 20 foot culvert in Johnston. With the morning rain, the water was rising and he wasn't able to reach the kitten, despite his best efforts. We quickly loaded up with nets and poles and headed out there.