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 4-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.
Adoptions and Stray Drop-Off Only
1615 SE. 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50320
Phone: (515) 284-6905
Monday through Saturday — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday — Closed
Adoptions are processed a minimum of 30 minutes before closing.