The Adoption Process
Ready to Adopt? Start Here.
All you need to know about how to prepare for adoption and what to expect when you arrive.
Kruidenier Second Chance Ranch
Our Safe Haven for Horses and Barn Animals
Learn more about adoptions, events, clinics and care provided at the Second Chance Ranch at ARL Main.
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 with Veterinary Pet Care
The ARL has Veterinarian Assistance programs for pet owners who may struggle to afford those services at full cost.
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.
Shop for Supplies
Shop for your Pet at Animal House
We offer a unique assortment of food, bedding, leashes, collars and gifts — and 100% of proceeds benefit the homeless pets at ARL.
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 4-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.
Humane Action Network
Advocate for Animals
As a part of the network, you can make a difference!
Report Animal Abuse
The ARL can help you assess the situation and report it to the proper law enforcement agency.
Please review the following before submitting request
completion of this form does not guarantee TheraPets for your event
*To give adequate time to find available volunteers, requests MUST be received a minimum 30 days in advance of your event.
contact TheraPets@arl-iowa.org after submitting form if your event is less than 30 days from today
*We can only consider events located in Central Iowa at this time.
*Free parking close to the event site must be provided to our volunteers.
*Maximum time TheraPets Teams can spend at any event is 2 hours.
actual visit length is dependent on each animal's individual needs
*If outdoor event, proper shelter must be available. In cases of extreme weather, events without alternate locations may be cancelled.
*Unless otherwise noted, our volunteers may take & share photos of your event. If not allowed, specify in "Special Requirements" below.
*Please tag #ARLTheraPets in any photos you share on social media!
As a non-profit, the ARL relies solely on donations to provide funding for our TheraPets program. To make a one-time or monthly donation and help support TheraPets programming, click here and reference "TheraPets".
All fields marked with * are required.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to current high demand/limited volunteer availability, TheraPets events restricted to 90 minutes until further notice
While we strive to fulfill every request, continued visit demand has, at times, made this goal difficult to achieve.
Please keep this in mind when submitting your request.