The goal of the ARL humane education program is to promote compassion toward animals and humans, as well as responsible pet care. The ARL believes in the well-documented connection between violence toward people and violence toward animals.
Guests to the ARL Main location are welcome visit our shelter any time that we are open to the public, which is 11 AM – 7 PM Monday-Friday and 11 AM – 6 PM Saturday and Sunday. (We are closed on major holidays.) If you are interested in bringing out a group for a self-guided tour of our adoption area during our business hours, we ask that you notify us at least one week in advance with the date, time and number of guests. If your group is more than 10 people, we ask that you schedule a time Sunday-Thursday between 11 AM – 3 PM.
We may ask that you move to a different date or time if we have multiple groups coming in at the same time. Please be aware that we may not be able to accommodate everyone at their requested date or time.
An inclusive tour of the shelter takes visitors behind the scenes to learn what it takes to run an animal shelter. The tour can include the adoption area, lobby, behavior center, grooming room, veterinary center, Auditorium and weather permitting, the dog park and barn (all dependant on other shelter activities occurring the day of your tour.) Our tour guides will outline the mission of the ARL and describe programs that help fulfill our mission.
Tours are available for community groups with members aged 7 years old and up (limited to a maximum of 15 people per tour) and must be scheduled several weeks in advance. We request at least a $15 donation for guided tours. Tours last about 1 hour. Please note that we are not able to accommodate all requested dates due to the high number of requests.
If you are interested in setting up an open hours tour or a guided tour, please click here.
We occasionally have larger shelter projects suitable for volunteer groups. Due to insurance requirements, we are unable to allow groups to work "hands on" with the pets. Therefore, we need an identified project before bringing a group on board. If your volunteer group is interested in group project, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator directly providing your group size, available dates and time frames along with any special skills or project suggestions you may have. We do require that all individuals within the group are at least 18 years old.
Humane Education Library
The ARL offers a lending library and reading list for educators and others interested in finding out more about general animal care or about a particular species.We also have several recommended reading.
Citizenship projects that require 12 hours or less of service can be completed in the comfort of your own home. Here are some suggested activities: Baking treats for our adoptable pets. Click here for recipes.
- Making educational posters about pet safety or spaying and neutering
- Collecting donations for our homeless animals, including towels, blankets, Kleenex boxes and newspapers.
- Making cat snuggles. Click here for patterns.
- Making cat scratchers. Click here for instructions.
Ways to Collect Items for the Animals
Pet Food Drive - Groups collect bags, boxes and/or cans of high-quality pet food of all types of animals. Groups can produce fliers, collection boxes and a tally sheet or classroom poster to track results. Our biggest need is always dry or canned cat food.
Treat Drive - Groups collect treats for pets of all types and/or cook their own dog or cat treats. No catnip, please!
Toy Drive - Groups collect or make toys for all types of pets. Toys help keep shelter animals happy by giving them something to do. Please check with the ARL for suggestions before making toys for animals. No catnip, please!
Blanket/Towel Drive - Groups collect clean new or used blankets, towels and mats for animals to cuddle with. Towels are also needed for pet grooming.
Donation Drive - The ARL is always grateful for monetary donations to help pay for the supplies necessary to care for our large shelter population. Money raised can be given directly to the ARL or spent at the ARL's retail store to buy toys and animal supplies for the shelter animals. Proceeds benefit the ARL.
Newspaper Drive - The ARL uses rolled newspapers for bedding in our cat and small dog cages. Groups can collect old newspapers and prepare them for use. Full-size sheets are rolled lengthwise and secured with rubber bands. Ads and half-size sheets should be discarded. Finished rolls can be delivered to any ARL location.
Click here for our full list of in-kind donation needs.