The Adoption Process
Ready to Adopt? Great! Start Here.
What should I bring with me? How long does the adoption process take? Anything special I need to know? We'll walk you through the process so you can come prepared!
Shop at Animal House
Feed Your Pet While Feeding Homeless Pets
When you shop at ARL's Animal House store, 100% of the proceeds provide care for the homeless pets at the ARL waiting for their forever home. Food, bedding, leash, collar, treats, gifts - we have it all!
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.
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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.
Make a Difference
Join the ARL Team to Change Lives Daily
Every member of the ARL team plays an important role in changing the lives of animals and the people who love them.
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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.
Pets available to meet on-site, adoptions will be finalized at ARL Southridge
4211 Fleur Dr.
Des Moines, IA 50315
Ph: (515) 285-9285
Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.