Dog Friendly Cities in Iowa

The ARL has people from all over the state come to Des Moines to adopt dogs of all breeds. Along the way, we have collected a list of cities and any ordinances that they may have that might impact or restrict dog ownership.

Below is just a short list of some of the cities we have spoken with..

Please note: If your city is not listed, please check with city hall before adopting a dog or moving there. If you see any errors, contact arl@arl-iowa.org.

For a full list of city and county ordinances, click here.

You Can Live Here With Your Dogs:

These cities do not discriminate against dogs and their owners based on a dog's appearance/breed.

Ackley: City Hall: (641) 847-3332
Ackworth
Adel: City Hall: (515) 993-4525
Akron: City Hall: (712) 568-2041 
Albion: City Hall: (641) 488-2244 
Alden: City Hall: (515) 859-3344 
Algona: City Hall: (515) 295-2411 
Alta Vista: City Hall: (641) 364-2175 
Altoona
Ames: Animal Control: (515) 239-5530 
Ankeny: Ankeny PD: (515) 965-6440 
Aplington: City Hall: (319) 347-2425 
Atlantic: Police Dept: (712) 243-3512 
Aurora: City Hall: (319) 634-3363 
Baxter: City Hall: (641) 227-3120 
Bellmond: City Hall: (641) 444-3386
Bettendorf: City Hall: (563) 344-4000 
Bondurant: City Hall: (515) 967-2418 
Boone: City Hall: (515) 432-6112 
Burlington: Animal Control 
Camanche
Cambridge
Castalla
Carlisle: Police Department: (515) 989-4121 
Carroll: City Hall: (712) 792-1000 
Carter Lake: City Hall: (712) 347-6320 
Cedar Falls: City Hall: (319) 273-8600
Cedar Rapids: Animal Control: (319) 286-5993 
Chariton
Charles City: Police Department: (641) 228-3366 
Clarinda: City Hall: (712) 542-2136 
Clarke County: Sherriff Dept: (641) 342-2377 
Clear Lake: City Hall: (641) 357-5267 
Clinton: City Hall: (563) 243-1455 
Clive: City Hall: (515) 223-6220 
Colfax: City Hall: (515) 674-4096 
Collins: City Hall: (641) 385-2205 
Colo: City Hall: (641) 377-2238 
Coralville: City Hall: (319) 248-1800 
Corning
Cresco: Police Department: (563) 547-2424
Cumming: City Hall: (515) 981-9214 
Dallas County: Sherriff Dept: (515) 993-4771
Davenport: City Hall: (563) 326-7711 
Decorah: City Hall: (563) 382-3651 
Diagonal
Dickinson County: (712) 336-2793
Donnellson: City Hall: (319) 835-5714 
Dubuque: City Clerk: (563) 589-4100 
Eagle Grove: City Hall: (515) 448-4343 
Eldridge: City Hall: (563) 285-4841 
Elkader
Elkhart: City Hall: (515) 367-4735 
Everly: City Hall: (712) 834-2691
Farmington: City Hall: (319) 878-3711 
Fayette: City Hall: (563) 425-4316 
Fort Dodge: City Hall: (515) 576-4551 
Fort Madison: City Hall: (319) 372-7700
Garden City
Glidden: City Clerk: (712) 659-3010 
Grimes: City Code 
Grinnell: City Hall: (641) 236-2600
Guthrie Center: City Hall: (641) 332-2190 
Hamilton County: 
Hartford: City Hall: (515) 989-0267
Hiawatha: City Hall: (319) 393-1515 
Humboldt: City Hall: (515) 332-3435
Independence: City Hall: (319) 334-2780 
Indianola: Kiya Koda: (515) 961-7080 
Iowa City: City Hall: (319) 356-5000 
Iowa Falls: City Hall: (641) 648-2527
Jasper County: Sherriff Dept: (641) 792-5912
Jefferson: City Hall: (515) 386-3111
Johnston: Police: (515) 278-2345 
Kalona: City Hall: (319) 656-2310 
Keokuk: City Hall: (319) 526-5421 
Knoxville: City Hall: (641) 828-0550
Lake City: City Hall: (712) 464-3111
Lamoni: City Hall: (641) 784-6311 Full code here.
Lisbon
Madison County: Zoning Administrator (Jeff): (515) 462-2636
Madrid: Police Dept: (515) 795-3113 
Manchester: City Hall: (563) 927-3636 
Marengo: City Hall: (319) 642-3232 
Marion: City Hall: (319) 743-6300 
Marshalltown: City Hall: (641) 754-5701 
Mason City: City Hall: (641) 421-3600 
Milford: (712) 338-2741
Mitchellville: City Hall: (515) 967-2935 
Montezuma: City Hall: (641) 623-5617 
Mount Ayr 
Mount Vernon: City Hall: (319) 895-8742 
Nevada: City Hall: (515) 382-5466
Newton: City Hall: (641) 792-2787 
North Liberty: City Hall: (319) 626-5700 
Norwalk: City Hall: (515) 981-0228 
Ogden
Okoboji: City Hall: (712) 332-2550 
Orange City: City Hall: (712) 707-4885 
Oskaloosa: Steven Memorial Animal Shelter: (641) 673-3991 
Palo: City Council: (319) 851-2731 
Perry
Panora: City Hall: (641) 755-2164
Pella: City Hall: (641) 628-4173 
Perry
Polk City: City Hall: (515) 984-6233 
Polk County
Prairie City: City Hall: (515) 994-2649 
Randal
Red Oak: City Hall: (712) 623-6510 
Ringgold County
Ringsted
Runnels: City Hall: (515) 966-2042 
Russell
Sioux Center: City Hall: (712) 722-0761 
Spencer
Slater: City Hall: (515) 685-2531 
Solon
Stanton
State Center: City Hall: (641) 483-2559 
Storm Lake: City Hall: (712) 732-8000 
Story City: City Council: (515) 733-2121
Strawberry Point
Tama: City Hall: (641) 484-3822 
Tripoli: City Clerk: (319) 882-4801 
Underwood: City Hall: (712) 566-2373 
Urbandale: City Hall: (515) 331-6850 
Van Meter: City Hall: (515) 996-2644 
Waterloo: City Hall: (319) 232-6887 
Washington
Waukee: City Hall: (515) 987-4522 
West Burlington: City Hall: (319) 752-5451 
West Des Moines: City Hall: (515) 222-3600 
West Liberty
Williamsburg: City Hall: (319) 668-1133 
Windsor Heights: Police Department: (515) 277-4453
Winnebago County
Woodburn

You Can Live Here With Your Dogs With Some Restrictions:

These cities discriminate against some dogs based on appearance/breed alone by requiring certain things they do not require of other dogs. The ARL staff can help you navigate through these restrictions as many of them are really simple to abide by (they just sound more difficult than they are). Full descriptions of a city's restrictions can be found online in their city codes.

Adair: City Hall: (641) 742-3751 Contacted 1/18/2011
Afton: City Hall: (641) 347-5224 Contacted 1/18/2011
Albia: City Hall: (641) 932-2129 Contacted 10/9/12
Auburn: City Hall: (712) 688-2264 Contacted 1/21/2011
Avoca
Birmingham: City Hall: (319) 498-4296 Contacted 11/20/12
Cherokee: City Hall: (712) 225-5749 Contacted 10/9/12. Full code here.
Conrad: City Hall: (641) 366-2300 Contacted 11/21/12
Creston: City Hall: (641) 782-2000
Dallas Center: City Hall: (515) 992-3725 Contacted 1/19/2011
Des Moines: City Hall: (515) 283-4500. Full code here.
Ellsworth: City Hall: (515) 836-4751 Contacted 11/29/12
Evansdale: City Hall: (319) 232-6683 Contacted 11/29/12
Granger: City Hall: (515) 999-2210 Contacted 1/21/2011
Grundy Center: City Hall: (319) 825-6118
Greenfield: Full code here.
Osceola: City Hall: (641) 342-2377 Contacted 8/10/2010
Pleasant Hill: Dog must be on a leash or in a fenced-in yard. Dog must be licensed. Per City Hall 11/19/15
Spirit Lake
Wellman: City Hall: (319) 646-2154
 

You Cannot Live Here With Your Dogs:

These cities discriminate against some dogs based on appearance/breed alone by not allowing them to live here. If you do not live here but plan to visit with your dog, make sure you get permission in advance of your travels. Full descriptions of a city's restrictions can be found online in their city codes.

Agency: City Hall: (641) 937-5215 Contacted 1/18/2011
Ainsworth: City Hall: (319) 657-3761 Contacted 1/18/2011
Albert City: City Hall: (712) 843-5613 Contacted 1/20/2011
Alburnett: City Hall: (319) 842-2692 Contacted 1/18/2011. Full code here.
Allison: City Hall: (319) 267-2245 Contacted 11/15/12. Full code here.
Anamosa: City Hall: (319) 462-6055 Contacted 1/18/2011
Armstrong
Atkins: City Hall: (319) 446-7870 Contacted 5/4/2010
Audubon County
Aurelia
Avoca: City Hall: (712) 343-2424 Contacted 1/20/2011
Bedford: City Hall: (712) 523-2210 Contacted 1/20/2011
Belle Plaine: City Hall: 319-444-2200 Contacted 11/15/12. Full code here.
Bellevue: City Hall: (563) 872-4456 Contacted 11/15/12
Benton County
Blairstown
Brooklyn
Buffalo Center
Carter Lake
Cascade: City Hall: (563) 852-3114 Contacted 11/15/12
Centerville: City Hall: (641) 437-4339 Contacted 1/19/2011
Columbus Junction: City Hall: (319) 728-7971 Contacted 11/20/12
Council Bluffs: Council Bluffs Animal Shelter (712) 328-4656 Contacted 10/9/12. Full code here.
Durant
Earlham: City Hall: (515) 758-2281 Contacted 8/18/2011
Ely: City Hall: (319) 848-4103
Estherville: City Hall: (712) 362-7771. Full code here.
Fairfield: City Hall: (641) 472-6193 Contacted 11/29/12
Forest City
Fremont
Garison
Gilman: Contacted 7/2/2011
Glenwood: See code here.
Grundy Center: City Hall: (319) 825-6118 Contacted 11/29/12
Hopkinton
Huxley: City Hall: (515) 597-2562 Contacted 6/18/2010
Keystone
Lake Mills
Lenox
Logan
Luzerne
Manly: City Hall: (641) 454-3090 Contacted 1/8/2013
Maquoketa: City Clerk: (563) 652-2135 Contacted 1/19/2011
Maxwell: City Hall: (515) 387-8655 Contacted 6/18/2010
Miles
Minburn: City Clerk: (515) 677-2245 Contacted 8/6/12
Monticello: City Hall: (319) 465-6435 Contacted 11/29/12. Full code here.
Mt. Auburn
Mt. Pleasant
Muscatine: City Hall: (563) 264-1550 Contacted 10/12/12. Full code here.
Odebolt: City Hall: (712) 668-2231 Contacted 1/21/2011
Newell
Newhall
Norway
Ottumwa: City Clerk: (641) 683-0621, Contacted 8/6/12. Full code here.
Oxford Junction
Pochahontas
Pomeroy: City Hall: (712) 468-2411 Contacted 1/21/2011
Rockwell City: City Hall: (712) 297-7041 Contacted 1/21/2011
Sac City: City Hall: (712) 662-7593 Contacted 10/12/12. Full code here.
Shellsburg
Sheridan
Sioux City: City Hall: (712) 224-7387 Contacted 10/12/12. Full code here.
Springville: City Hall: (319) 854-6428
Thompson: Sheriff: (641) 585-2828
Urbana
Van Horne
Vinton
Walford
Watkins
West Union
Wilton
Winterset: City Hall: (515) 462-1422 Contacted 9/7/2010. Full code here.
Zearing: City Hall: (641) 487-7477 Contacted 1/21/2011
Zwingle: City Clerk: (563) 652-2135 Contacted 1/19/2011