In 1999, through the generous support of the community, the ARL began spaying and neutering pets on-site prior to adoption. From Janurary 2000 through December 2012, the ARL has spayed or neutered well over 50,000 pets.
With three veterinarians on staff, ARL pets are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before adoption. With a grant from Prairie Meadows, the ARL has also started the "Spay the Mother" program. This program provides people who bring litters of puppies or kittens to the ARL a spay certificate to have the mother dog or cat spayed at no cost to them.
The ARL is proud to continue the following spay/neuter assistance programs in 2013...and beyond!
CatSnip is a spay/neuter assistance program where anyone on a financial assistance program is able to get their cats/kittens spayed/neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped for FREE although donations from the participants are encouraged and will go back to the CatSnip program. Funding for the CatSnip program as a whole has been granted by ASPCA. CatSnip funding for the 50312, 50315 and 50317 Des Moines zip codes has been granted by PetSmart Charities. CatSnip will also offer S/N to others who live outside the Des Moines targeted zip codes with dates to be scheduled as funding becomes available. Visit the event calendar to see current dates for CatSnip surgery and call (515) 473-9117 to register for a surgery date. Click here to view the CatSnip flyer.
The Purr Project
The Purr Project spay/neuter assistance program for barn/farm cats and kittens in the Des Moines area that would otherwise would not be altered. This program is not for owned, indoor cats; but populations of cats that are being cared for by an owner with food, water, shelter, and other veterinary care for the life of the cat. This is a reduced fee-based program. Surgeries are scheduled for Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment. To schedule an appointment contact Carol Griglione at firstname.lastname@example.org and click here to view the Purr Project flyer.
The Daily Fix
The Daily Fix is a spay/neuter assistance program for other licensed shelters/rescues to be able to bring their animals to us for these and other veterinary services in order to make an animal available for adoption through their own adoption programs. The shelters/rescues must be licensed and in good standing with the State of Iowa. This program is for dogs and cats and runs Monday-Wednesday by appointment only. Click here to view the Daily Fix flyer. To inquire about program availability, contact email@example.com.
DogSnip is a spay/neuter assistance program where anyone on a financial assistance program in the zip codes of 50315 and 50317 in Des Moines is able to get their puppy/dog spayed/neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped for FREE although donations from the participants are encouraged and will go back to the DogSnip program. DogSnip will also offer S/N to others who live outside the Des Moines targeted zip codes with dates to be scheduled as funding becomes available. Call (515) 473-9117 for more information or to schedule your surgery date, or click here to view the DogSnip flyer.
Pets for Life
Pets for Life is a community outreach and spay/neuter assistance program that provides FREE spay and neuter surgeries, rabies vaccinations, and microchips to residents of the zip code 50314. Funded by The Humane Society of the United States and the PetsMart Charities, the Pets for Life services are FREE, although donations from the participants are welcome and will go back to the Pets for Life program. Pets for Life program appointments are scheduled as funding is available. Surgeries are scheduled for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment. To schedule an appointment contact Goizane at firstname.lastname@example.org.