Impact Report

2016 Impact ReportFrom the Executive Director

2016 was another great year at the Animal Rescue League (ARL) and I’m happy to share our 2016 Impact Report highlighting just some of the many ways we have been CHANGING LIVES for animals – and the people who love them. The report includes many recent program successes and stories, but what I am most excited to share is that we increased adoptions by 12%, decreased euthanasias by 24%, and increased our “Live Release Rate” by 5% over last year! This is the result of many years of hard work by dedicated staff and volunteers, generous donations by those who believe in our life-changing mission, and the commitment from the community as a whole to adopt, foster, and spay/neuter.

We often talk about how the animals at the ARL are “not just a number” – and this belief has held true over the years. While numbers are one way to measure success, treating each animal as an individual and making decisions that are both best for that animal’s well-being, and in the interest of public safety, is how we measure true success. I am proud of the ARL’s commitment to doing what is responsible and humane, regardless of how that impacts our numbers.

Overall, our results continue on the right track, but we still have work to do, and our plans for 2017 are bigger than ever. We hope you will join us in promoting animal welfare, strengthening the human-animal bond, and reducing the overpopulation of pets. Together, we can truly CHANGE LIVES.

For the animals.

Tom Colvin

(Note: The "Animal Rescue League of Iowa - Combined" intakes and outcomes tables (top) show the combined numbers for Animal Rescue League of Iowa and ARL Animal Control. The chart at the bottom only shows the ARL Animal Control (Des Moines) numbers, but it is important to note that those numbers are already included in the combined chart. We have attempted to make this report as easy to understand as possible, but if you have any questions, please contact