Animal Control

Animal Control

If you have come across an animal in distress, call your local animal control agency or law enforcement. City of Des Moines residents can call (515) 283-4811.  

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is contracted by multiple municipalities to provide animal control services and housing for stray animals.

Animal Control Facts

  • The Animal Care & Control location hours and location are located here.
  • In 2017, Animal Care & Control had 10,134 dispatched trips, making that an average number of 27 trips each day.
  • There are 5.5 Animal Control Officers performing animal control from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (7 days a week).
  • In 2017, there were 560 bites reported to Animal Care & Control, and every bite is investigated.
  • For information regarding the City of Des Moines ordinances, click here.
  • Community Events and Clinics

    Community Events and Clinics

    The ARL's clinics help bridge the gap so that pets who are loved won't have to enter our shelters, simply because their owners were unable to cover these expenses.

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  • Reporting


    View the intakes and outcomes of the ARL's Animal Care and Control for the city of Des Moines.

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  • City of Des Moines

    City of Des Moines

    ARL is contracted by the city of Des Moines to operate its animal control program. This program is a partnership with the Des Moines Police Department and a member of their department serves as Chief Humane Officer.

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  • Des Moines BSL

    Des Moines BSL

    Learn more about breed specific legislation and the ordinance pertaining to dogs in Des Moines.

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  • Animal Control FAQ

    Animal Control FAQ

    Get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions in regards to Animal Control.

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