Fetch! List

Fetch! ListIn an effort to reduce costs and improve operations, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa seeks in-kind donations of new or gently used supplies and product. If you would like to make a donation not on this list, please send description (and photo preferred) to Mick McAuliffe at mmcauliffe@arl-iowa.org.


At ARL Main (5452 NE 22nd St, Des Moines) is preferred (due to storage abilities) but donations can also be dropped off at ARL West if it is the only option.


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Cat/Kitten Care

Currently Have Enough:

  • Blankets
  • Pet carriers (size: medium)

Dog/Puppy Care

Currently Have Enough:

Small Animal Care

Rescue Ranch Care

  • Horse feed (Purina Strategy)
  • Horse bedding (Pine shavings; no cedar, please)
  • Good quality small square grass hay bales
  • Mineral and salt blocks
  • Muck forks
  • Chicken feed
  • Pot-bellied Pig Food
  • Average- or large-size horse halters
  • Muck buckets
  • Stall fans (box fans)
  • Rope halters
  • Lead ropes

Shelter Supplies

  • Post-It notes
  • Dish soap
  • Acrylic yarn, size P crochet hooks, & size 13 or 15 knitting needles (for volunteers in our Knittin' for Kittens Club to make cozy beds for the kitties at the ARL. Find the next Knittin' for Kittens event at ARL-Iowa.org/Events)
  • Towels
  • Batteries (AAA)
  • Pens
  • Cardstock (White)
  • Cardstock (Multicolor)
  • Gift cards to pet supply stores, Hy-Vee, and Wal-Mart
  • Pre-paid gasoline cards (for animal transport vehicles)
  • Paper towels
  • Latex gloves
  • Trash bags (20 gallon or larger)
  • White copy paper
  • Lamination Tape
  • Clear Lamination Tape
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Highlighters

Currently Have Enough:

  • Fleece, for making blankets and toys in Humane Education programs
  • Newspapers
  • Washcloths
  • Puppy Pads
  • Bird food
  • Glass cleaner
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic grocery bags (used as poop bags)
  • Shoe boxes
  • Laundry detergent (high efficiency)
  • Tools (hand, power, garden)
  • Shovels
  • Batteries (AA, D, C, 9V)

Outreach Programs

  • Collars (new or used; no prong collars or choke chains, please)
  • Leashes (nylon, leather, or canvas)
  • Dog houses
  • Breakaway cat collars
  • Nail clippers for dogs and cats

Please do NOT donate the following:

  • Pillows/pillow cases
  • Bed Sheets
  • Wire rabbit cages
  • Pine bedding
  • Shredded Paper
  • Microfoam beds
  • Catnip
  • Prong collars/choke chains
  • Prescription medication or vaccines
  • Pill bottles

Contributions to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. If you have any questions about donating, email cbell@arl-iowa.org or call 515-473-9107.