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The Adoption Process
Ready to Adopt? Start Here.
All you need to know about how to prepare for adoption and what to expect when you arrive.
Kruidenier Second Chance Ranch
Our Safe Haven for Horses and Barn Animals
Learn more about adoptions, events, clinics and care provided at the Second Chance Ranch at ARL Main.
For All Your Pet Questions
ARL Pet Helpline - We're Here for You and Your Pet
Our Pet Helpline is in place to assist pet owners who may be struggling with pet issues. We can provide resources and assistance to help keep you and your pet together.
Help Control the Pet Population
Low Cost Spay/Neuter Programs
The ARL has spay/neuter programs which offer surgeries, vaccines and/or microchips at low or no cost for individuals who could not otherwise afford those services.
see if you qualify
Be a hero. Foster an animal.
Give Pets a Chance to Relax in your Home!
Some pets need a break from the shelter while waiting for a forever home. Caring for a pet in your home is both fun and rewarding.
Shop for Supplies
Shop for your Pet at Animal House
We offer a unique assortment of food, bedding, leashes, collars and gifts — and 100% of proceeds benefit the homeless pets at ARL.
Sit. Shake. Stay. Good!
Short on Time? Join Our Drop In Training Classes!
Drop In Training Class is perfect for those with busy schedules who aren't able to commit to a 6-week class, but still want their dog to learn the basic manners.
For Pet Parents
Questions about your Pet's Behavior?
The ARL offers dog and cat behavior counseling to help adoptive pet parents, as well as the general public, better understand our pets.
Join the ARL's Humane Action Network
Join us to advocate for improved animal welfare laws for the animals and people of Iowa.
Report Animal Abuse
The ARL can help you assess the situation and report it to the proper law enforcement agency.
Bring your whole family, your pet, or just you to our annual Santa N' Paws photo session! Reservations available at three locations November 5-22, with photo packages arriving in time for gift giving.
Book My Photoshoot
When you select one of our 6 monthly donation levels to fit your lifestyle, both you AND the animals benefit. Give as little as $15 per month to change the life of a pet in need.
Select a Level
Want to adopt from ARL Main? We've made it easier to be next in line and manage your visit with text messaging!
Volunteer Change lives for homeless pets.
Lucille was found alone and shivering
Watching her try to walk was truly heartbreaking.
You can now meet an adoptable pet at ARL Main by getting in line virtually during business hours!
Shop for Pet Supplies
Every purchase benefits the pets in our care. Now offering curbside pickup!
Donate to our shelter-wide food program that has huge benefits for the animals in our care!
Fetch! List In an effort to reduce costs and improve operations, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa seeks in-kind donations of new or gently used supplies and product.
Help During Crisis If you are struggling to provide food for your cat or dog during this time of crisis, the ARL's Pet Food Pantry is here to help.
The Covid-19 crisis is impacting pets and their families. People are hurting and struggling to provide for their pets. People who have never needed help before need it now. The crisis is already exposing animals suffering in our community, and the Animal Rescue League is here to help.
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Smash Park
Join us for Yappy Hour location at Smash Park. You, your dog, good friends and good drinks - what could be better?!
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Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: ARL West; Iowa Pet Foods and Seascapes
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Animal Rescue League Training Center
Bring your dog to the ARL to our 4th annual HOWL-O-WEEN party! Your dog can show off any tricks for treats, and you can come in your best costumes for our photo booth!
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