The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is Iowa's largest nonprofit animal shelter, caring for many thousands of pets each year.

The ARL serves people and pets from across the state of Iowa through its programs, which include pet adoption, humane education, pet behavior training, spay/neuter, animal cruelty intervention and much more. The Animal Rescue League is dependent on individual and corporate contributions to care for its animals.

  • The ARL receives no state, federal or United Way funding.
  • The ARL takes seriously the investments of its donors and supporters for the care of the animals.
  • The ARL, governed by a volunteer board of directors, adheres to standard accounting practices; conducts an annual independent audit; and carefully and frugally manages its resources in order to care for as many animals as possible for decades to come.
  • The ARL is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
  • The ARL is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity, meeting all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability
  • Click here to view the ARL's 2023 year to date numbers.
  • View the 2022 990 Form or the 2021 Audited Financials.