History

The ARL has grown dramatically since its founding in 1926 — expanding its programs that serve both people and homeless animals across Iowa.

Through our proactive community outreach and spay/neuter programs, in the past few years we have begun to see a decrease in the number of animals we care for, but our work is far from over.

Other areas of growth include the ARL's programs designed specifically to address the reasons animals end up in shelters, including spay/neuter, behavior training, and humane education programs. The ARL's positive reinforcement training program has expanded to offer year-round classes, as well as free behavior advice for dogs, cats, rabbits and other pets. The shelter continues to spay and neuter all dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets and pigs that are adopted from our shelter.

In addition to the animals that come through the ARL’s doors, the ARL also serves the people of Iowa through its many services.