Animal Control

Des Moines Animal Services

Animal Control ServicesThe Animal Rescue League Animal Services is a division of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa that is contracted by the City of Des Moines to provide animal control services for all neighborhoods within city limits. The division also offers various pet programs and clinics to the local community.

New Location Opening Soon!

The ARL Animal Services Officers will operate out of the new facility, located on 1441 Harriet St., 365 days a year providing a comprehensive array of support.

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The ARL's hardworking and dedicated Animal Services division provide a comprehensive array of support that goes well beyond the traditional notion of animal control, including helping animals in need, reuniting lost pets with their families, and protecting health and safety in the community.

Services at our Location

  • Animal Control for pets and wildlife
  • Drop-off site for stray pets found in Des Moines
  • Holding of lost pets found in Des Moines
  • Microchip Services
  • Pet food assistance
  • Resource Education
  • Trap Neuter Return

Lost or Found a Pet?

Any stray found in the Des Moines city limits should go through Des Moines Animal Services. There are several ways to reunite a pet with its owner.

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Volunteers Needed

Open volunteer positions at our location at 1615 SE 14th Street include:

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  • Animal Services FAQ

    Animal Services FAQ

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

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  • Community Outreach

    Community Outreach

    Learn about our broad range of free or low-cost community programs such as spay/neuter surgeries, a pet food pantry, micro-chipping, veterinary services, and crisis fosters.

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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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  • Reporting


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

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