Second Chance Ranch

Second Chance Ranch

The ARL's Kruidenier Second Chance Ranch is a safe haven for horses rescued from abuse, neglect and abandonment, and it is also a temporary home for other barn animals waiting for new, loving families. 

While horses often come to us in very rough shape, we give them the nutrition and care they need to become mentally and physically healthy. Once they're ready, we help them find their forever homes.

Please note that the ARL only adopts animals as family pets, not for consumption or research. This provision in our adoption contract is strictly enforced.

Adopt a Horse or Barn Animal

To see our currently available horses and other barn animals, please visit the Find a Pet page, or choose below.




Looking for a Working Cat?

If you are interested in adopting our working cats and can provide them with food and shelter year-round, please fill out the interest form below to get started.

Learn more about Camp Purr here.


Foster or Sponsor a Barn Animal

The ARL's Second Chance Ranch is a temporary home to many unique species — some of which need a break from the shelter

Fostering a barn animal is not only a rewarding experience for the human, but it also gives roosters, pigs, horses and others a change of environment where they can continue to thrive until they find their forever home.

If you are interested in fostering or supporting the animals at the ARL's Second Chance Ranch, please contact or fill out the foster application by clicking the button below.

Foster Application

Donate Hay for Horses

The ARL is currently seeking donations of hay to help the horses in our care and other horses in need. 

Here are two easy ways:
•    To make a hay donation, email
•    To make a monetary gift, go to and put “Hay for horses” in the gift reference.

Do You Need Help With Your Horse?

Made possible by a grant from the ASPCAWe understand that difficulties can arise, whether that is a sudden medical expense or a need to rehome your horse. We are now accepting owner surrendered horses if you have a horse that you can no longer take care of but want to ensure it goes into a good home. We also may be able to assist with one-time veterinary care. Fill out the form below and someone from the ARL Second Chance Ranch will get back to you.

Equine Surrender Form

Equine Vet Assistance Form

Second Chance Ranch Tack ShopSecond Chance Ranch Tack Shop

Have barn pets? Visit the ARL’s Second Chance Ranch Tack Shop for new or gently used equine supplies, saddles, grooming supplies, riding apparel, pet toys and more! Your purchase is tax free and all proceeds help provide daily care for the horses and other barn pets currently in our care.

Tack Shop Hours

Wednesday through Friday: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Second Chance Ranch Arena

The ARL Second Chance Ranch hosts multiple educational clinics and seminars each year in the spacious Second Chance Ranch Arena. The arena is also available to rent for private functions or open riding.

Reserve the Arena

The Kruidenier Second Chance Ranch Arena is available to rent hourly or daily. We have previously hosted 4H clubs, saddle clubs, and others. The arena is also available for open riding upon request.

Rent the Arena

The Right Horse Initiative Partner

The Right HorseAs a partner in The Right Horse Initiative, we're proud to support a national movement re-framing the conversation about equine adoption. The Right Horse Initiative is a collective of industry professionals and equine welfare advocates working together to improve the lives of horses in transition through a dialogue of kindness and respect. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is working with The Right Horse Initiative to promote the bond between horses and humans. We are good people for good horses, and everyone who loves horses has ownership in this movement.

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