Transfer Partners

Adopting From Rescue Groups

Approximately half of the dogs that are available for adoption at the ARL are purebreds. If you're looking for a specific breed, please click here to search the animals available for adoption. New animals are added each day, so check back often. If you absolutely cannot wait for a specific breed, please visit some of the breed rescue groups that we have worked with below to find the breed you're looking for or visit PetFinder.

Sending Animals to Rescue

The ARL Transfer Partner program maintains successful working relationships between the ARL and other licensed and qualified animal welfare organizations to enable transferring animals from the ARL to Transfer Partner organizations when it is in the best interest of the animals, and ensure the successful placement of the animal in a permanent home. The ARL works primarily with animal welfare organizations in Iowa, but may work with organizations outside of Iowa on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, any interested organization is invited to apply to become an ARL Transfer Partner.

Organizations interested in becoming an ARL Transfer Partner must possess 501(c)3 status, all required licenses and permits, be in good standing with local regulatory agencies, and conduct themselves professionally in the community. For more information, or if your organization is interested in becoming an ARL Transfer Partner, please contact

Breed Specific Rescues

Afghan Hound Club of America Rescue
Airedale Terrier Rescue (ATRA)
Americas Basenji Rescue
American Belgian Malinois Rescue
American Brittany Rescue
American Eskimo Rescue & Sanctuary of Iowa
Aussie Rescue of Minnesota
Australian Cattle Dog Rescue of Illinois
Big Dogs Huge Paws
Big Red Rescue of the Heartland
Border Collie Rescue of Minnesota
Cavalier Rescue USA Midwest Region
Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue
Col Potter Cairn Rescue Network
Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue
Cocker Spaniel Resources, Inc.
Colorado St. Bernard Rescue
Corgi Connection of Kansas
Crest-Care (Chinese Crested & other naturally hairless breeds
Creston Animal Rescue Efforts

Doberman Rescue of Nebraska
Doberman Rescue of Minnesota
English Springer Rescue America, Inc.
French Bulldog Rescue
Fur Fun Rescue
Gordon Highlander Rescue Program
Great Plains Pointer Rescue
Great Pyrenees Rescue of Iowa
Great Pyrenees Rescue of Nebraska
Great Pyrenees Rescue of Western Illinois
Hooves & Paws Rescue of The Heartland, Inc.
Illinois English Bulldog Rescue
Illinois Shorthair Rescue
Iowa Collie Breed Rescue
Iowa Golden Retriever Rescue
Iowa Weimaraner Rescue

Kansas City English Bulldog Rescue (KCEBR)
Lakeshore PWC Rescue: Corgis
MidAmerica Rottweiler Rescue (MARR) MidAmerican Boston Terrier Rescue
Mid-Iowa Boxer Rescue
Midwest Border Collie Rescue (MWBCR)
Midwest Mastiff Rescue, Inc.
Midwest Schipperke Rescue
Midwest Old English Sheepdog Rescue, Inc. Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue
Minnesota Sheltie Rescue
Minnesota Wisconsin Collie Rescue
German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Iowa
Missouri Valley Boxer Club and Rescue
Nebraska Italian Greyhound Rescue/Italian
Greyhound Club of America Rescue

National Borzoi Rescue Foundation
Peke N Chin Midwest
Pug Partners of Nebraska
Ridgeback Rescue of the United States (Rhodesian Ridgeback)
S'Wheat Rescues (Wheaten Terrier)
Save Our Setters
Schnauzer Rescue of So WI
Secondhand Hounds
St. Louis Scottish Terrier Rescue
Taysia Blue Siberian Husky Rescue
The Internet Miniature Pinscher Service, Inc.
The Mia Foundation
Tri Country Veterinary Clinic
United Yorkie Rescue
Upper Midwest Great Dane Rescue
Wag N Train Terrier Rescue
Westie Rescue of Missouri
White Paw German Shepherd Rescue
Wire Fox Terrier Rescue Midwest

Other Rescues (multiple species)

Boone Area Humane Society                                   Burge Bird Rescue                                                     Cedar Valley Humane Society                                   Clinton Humane Society                                           Dubuque Regional Humane Society                         Humane Society of Perry 

Iowa Animal Partnership
Iowa Reptile Rescue
Iowa Wildlife Center
Kansas City Pet Project

Small Animal Rescue Team of Iowa
Siouxland Humane Society
Wayside Waifs