If you are considering bringing your pet to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL), we ask that you first let us try to help you with your situation so that you can keep your pet in your home. The ARL has many resources including our Pet Helpline (515) 473-9130, online pet care, and behavior tips on subjects ranging from litterbox issues to chewing to biting. The ARL also has dog, cat, and rabbit behavior counselors available who give free expert advice. Additionally, we have a list of pet friendly housing if you are moving.
If you decide you simply must relinquish your pet to the ARL, please bring your pet to our Main Shelter location at 5452 NE 22nd St., Des Moines. Relinquishment door is on the north side of building marked "relinquishment and missing pets" (green entrance). Animal intakes begin at 9:30 a.m. each day and end at 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and run 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekends. Please bring vet records with you and plan to spend at least 1/2 hour at the shelter to provide the information we need about your pet.
You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about your pet asking about your pet's preferences, feeding schedule, etc. The more honest information you can provide about your pet, the better the chances we can find it a forever home. The ARL does NOT guarantee that we will find a new home for your pet. Once you release your pet to the ARL, the ARL will not give any information to you about your pet or its status. Therefore, carefully consider that relinquishing a pet is final. To view the relinquishment form, click here.
The ARL does not require a fee for surrendering an animal, but does request a donation to help care for them while at the ARL. Suggested donation amounts are as follows:
Puppies/Kittens-$5 each (up to $30)
The ARL has 24-hour kennels available at the Main location if you need to surrender an animal after hours.