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 for "pit bulls".

Below are list of the cities we have contacted, who we spoke with, and the last date of contact.

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 breed alone.

Ackley: City Hall: (641) 847-3332 Contacted 1/18/2011
Ackworth: Contacted 1/20/2011
Adel: City Hall: (515) 993-4525 Contacted 1/18/2011
Akron: City Hall: (712) 568-2041 Contacted 1/20/2011
Albion: City Hall: (641) 488-2244 Contacted 1/20/2011-may be considering restrictions
Alden: City Hall: (515) 859-3344 Contacted 10/9/12
Algona: City Hall: (515) 295-2411 Contacted 11/15/12
Alleman: Polk County Animal Control
Alta Vista: City Hall: (641) 364-2175 Contacted 1/20/2011
Ames: Animal Control: (515) 239-5530 Contacted 5/4/2010
Ankeny: Ankeny PD: (515) 965-6440 Contacted 5/4/2010
Aplington: City Hall: (319) 347-2425 Contacted 11/15/12
Atlantic: Police Dept: (712) 243-3512 Contacted 1/19/2011
Aurora: City Hall: (319) 634-3363 Contacted 1/20/2011
Baxter: City Hall: (641) 227-3120 Contacted 1/20/2011
Bellmond: City Hall: (641) 444-3386 Contacted 10/9/12
Bettendorf: City Hall: (563) 344-4000 Contacted 1/20/2011
Bondurant: City Hall: (515) 967-2418 Contacted 6/18/2010
Boone: City Hall: (515) 432-6112 Contacted 4/3/2010
Burlington: Animal Control Contacted 6/14/11
Camanche
Cambridge
Castalla
Carlisle: Police Department: (515) 989-4121 Contacted 10/18/12
Carroll: City Hall: (712) 792-1000 Contacted 11/15/12
Carter Lake: City Hall: (712) 347-6320 Contacted 11/15/12
Cedar Falls: City Hall: (319) 273-8600 Contacted 1/19/2011
Cedar Rapids: Animal Control: (319) 286-5993 Contacted 1/19/2011
Chariton: Contacted 7/1/2013
Charles City: Police Department: (641) 228-3366 Contacted 11/20/12
Clarinda: City Hall: (712) 542-2136 Contacted 11/29/12
Clarke County: Sherriff Dept: (641) 342-2377 Contacted 8/10/2010
Clear Lake: City Hall: (641) 357-5267 Contacted 10/18/12
Clinton: City Hall: (563) 243-1455 Contacted 10/9/12
Clive: City Hall: (515) 223-6220 Contacted 5/4/2010
Colfax: City Hall: (515) 674-4096 Contacted 2/15/2011
Collins: City Hall: (641) 385-2205 Contacted 1/18/2011
Colo: City Hall: (641) 377-2238 Contacted 1/20/2011
Coralville: City Hall: (319) 248-1800 Contacted 10/9/12
Corning
Cumming: City Hall: (515) 981-9214 Contacted 1/21/2011
Dallas County: Sherriff Dept: (515) 993-4771 Contacted 9/3/2010
Davenport: City Hall: (563) 326-7711 Contacted 1/20/2011
Decorah: City Hall: (563) 382-3651 Contacted 10/9/12
Dickinson County: (712) 336-2793
Donnellson: City Hall: (319) 835-5714 Contacted 11/29/12
Dubuque: City Clerk: (563) 589-4100 Contacted 8/6/12
Eagle Grove: City Hall: (515) 448-4343 Contacted 11/29/12
Eldridge: City Hall: (563) 285-4841 Contacted 10/9/12
Elkader
Elkhart: City Hall: (515) 367-4735 Contacted 6/18/2010
Everly: City Hall: (712) 834-2691 Contacted 11/29/12
Farmington: City Hall: (319) 878-3711 Contacted 11/29/12
Fayette: City Hall: (563) 425-4316 Contacted 11/29/12
Fort Dodge: City Hall: (515) 576-4551 Contacted 1/19/2011
Fort Madison: City Hall: (319) 372-7700 Contacted 10/912
Garden City: Contacted 4/20/13
Glidden: City Clerk: (712) 659-3010 Contacted 8/6/12
Grimes: City Code Contacted 3/11/13
Grinnell: City Hall: (641) 236-2600 Contacted 10/9/12
Guthrie Center: City Hall: (641) 332-2190 Contacted 1/19/2011
Hartford: City Hall: (515) 989-0267 Contacted 1/18/2011- No restrictions at the moment but "discourage the breed"
Hiawatha: City Hall: (319) 393-1515 Contacted 10/9/12
Humboldt: City Hall: (515) 332-3435 Contacted 10/9/12
Independence: City Hall: (319) 334-2780 Contacted 10/9/12
Indianola: Kiya Koda: (515) 961-7080 Contacted 7/7/2010
Iowa City: City Hall: (319) 356-5000 Contacted 10/9/12
Iowa Falls: City Hall: (641) 648-2527 Contacted 10/9/12
Jasper County: Sherriff Dept: (641) 792-5912 Contacted 12/2/2010
Jefferson: City Hall: (515) 386-3111 Contacted 10/18/12
Johnston: Police: (515) 278-2345 Contacted 11/1/2010
Kalona: City Hall: (319) 656-2310 Contacted 11/29/12
Keokuk: City Hall: (319) 526-5421 Contacted 10/9/12
Knoxville: City Hall: (641) 828-0550 Contacted 02/16/2011
Lake City: City Hall: (712) 464-3111 Contacted 11/29/12
Lisbon
Madison County: Zoning Administrator (Jeff): (515) 462-2636 Contacted 9/7/2010
Madrid: Police Dept: (515) 795-3113 Contacted 1/19/2011
Manchester: City Hall: (563) 927-3636 Contacted 10/11/12
Marengo: City Hall: (319) 642-3232 Contacted 10/11/12
Marion: City Hall: (319) 743-6300 Contacted 10/11/12
Marshalltown: City Hall: (641) 754-5701 Contacted 1/20/2011
Mason City: City Hall: (641) 421-3600 Contacted 8/6/12
Milford: (712) 338-2741
Mitchellville: City Hall: (515) 967-2935 Contacted 6/18/2010
Montezuma: City Hall: (641) 623-5617 Contacted 10/11/12
Mount Vernon: City Hall: (319) 895-8742 Contacted 10/11/12
Nevada: City Hall: (515) 382-5466 Contacted 1/20/2011
Newton: City Hall: (641) 792-2787 Contacted 10/11/12
North Liberty: City Hall: (319) 626-5700 Contacted 8/6/12.
Norwalk: City Hall: (515) 981-0228 Contacted 1/21/2011
Ogden: Contacted 5/6/2013
Okoboji: City Hall: (712) 332-2550 Contacted 10/12/12
Orange City: City Hall: (712) 707-4885 Contacted 11/29/12
Oskaloosa: Steven Memorial Animal Shelter: (641) 673-3991 Contacted 10/11/12
Perry: Contacted 10/01/12
Panora: City Hall: (641) 755-2164 Contacted 11/29/12
Pella: City Hall: (641) 628-4173 Contacted 8/6/12
Perry
Polk City: City Hall: (515) 984-6233 Contacted 11/29/12
Polk County: Animal Control
Prairie City: City Hall: (515) 994-2649 Contacted 10/12/12
Red Oak: City Hall: (712) 623-6510 Contacted 1/20/2011
Ringsted
Runnels: City Hall: (515) 966-2042 Contacted 6/18/2010
Sioux Center: City Hall: (712) 722-0761 Contacted 10/12/12
Spencer
Slater: City Hall: (515) 685-2531 Contacted 8/6/12
Stanton
State Center: City Hall: (641) 483-2559 Contacted 1/20/2011
Storm Lake: City Hall: (712) 732-8000 Contacted 10/12/12
Story City: City Council: (515) 733-2121 Contacted 10/12/12
Tama: City Hall: (641) 484-3822 Contacted 10/12/12
Tripoli: City Clerk: (319) 882-4801 Contacted 9/12/12
Underwood: City Hall: (712) 566-2373 Contacted 10/12/12
Urbandale: City Hall: (515) 331-6850 Contacted 6/18/2010
Van Meter: City Hall: (515) 996-2644 Contacted 1/18/2011 (maybe considering restrictions)
Waterloo: City Hall: (319) 232-6887 Contacted 10/12/12
Washington
Waukee: City Hall: (515) 987-4522 Contacted 7/29/2010
West Burlington: City Hall: (319) 752-5451 Contacted 10/18/12
West Des Moines: City Hall: (515) 222-3600 Contacted 5/21/2010
West Liberty
Williamsburg: City Hall: (319) 668-1133 Contacted 10/12/12
Windsor Heights: Police Department: (515) 277-4453 Contacted 8/6/12
Winnebago County
Woodburn

You Can Live Here With Your Dogs With Some Restrictions:

These cities discriminate against some dogs based on breed alone by requiring certain things they do not require of other breeds. 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
Alburnett: City Hall: (319) 842-2692 Contacted 1/18/2011
Altoona: Lt. Parker, Altoona PD (515) 967-5132 Contacted 8/12/2011.Click here
Auburn: City Hall: (712) 688-2264 Contacted 1/21/2011-Allowed with restrictions
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-Allowed with restrictions
Greenfield Full code here.
Osceola: City Hall: (641) 342-2377 Contacted 8/10/2010-Allowed with restrictions
Pleasant Hill: City Hall: (515) 262-9368 Contacted 6/18/2010
Spirit Lake
 

You Cannot Live Here With Your Dogs:

These cities discriminate against some dogs based on 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
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
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
Lamoni: City Hall: (641) 784-6311 Contacted 10/9/12
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
Palo: City Hall: (319) 851-2731 Contacted 10/12/12. Full code here.
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.
Thompson: Sheriff: (641) 585-2828
Urbana
Van Horne
Vinton
Walford
Watkins
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

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