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Tree of Life

  • Date: 12/1/2018 - 12/31/2018
    Time: All Day
    Location: 5452 NE 22nd St
    Des Moines, IA 50313
Chris Hubbard (

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa's annual Tree of Life display runs the entire month of December to collect donations for the animals during the holiday season. (See below video for list of needed items)

Watch a few of the ARL's adoptable pets pick out gifts from the tree!

Here's how YOU can participate!

Is your business interested in hosting a Tree of Life at your business? Contact Chris at for more information.

Don’t have the time to run around town with the hustle and bustle of the holiday? We completely understand! Donate items quickly and conveniently through our online Amazon Wish List and have the donations shipped directly to the ARL! Before you purchase, sign in to Amazon Smile and .5% of your purchase will be donated to the ARL also!

Watch adoptable ARL animals pick out gifts from the tree last year!

Tree of Life drop off locations:

  • ARL Main (Des Moines) Map
  • ARL South (Inside Southridge Mall-Des Moines) Map
  • ARL Animal Care and Control (Des Moines) Map
  • ARL West (Inside Iowa Pet Foods & Seascapes-West Des Moines) Map
  • Grinnell State Bank - (Johnston Branch) Map
  • Price Chopper - (Johnston Location) Map
  • Menards (Altoona Location) Map
  • Pet Supplies Plus (Fleur Location) Map
  • Pet Supplies Plus (Altoona Location) Map
  • Advance America (Urbandale Location) Map
  • Bomgaars (NE 14th Location)
  • Tractor Supply Co. (Ankeny Location) Map
  • Hair of the Dog (Grinnell) Map
  • Office of Dr. Stephen Forrest, D.D.S. (Clive) Map
  • Big House Gym (West Des Moines) Map
  • FSBO Homes (Urbandale) Map
  • Thrive Nutrition (Ankeny) Map
  • Massages by Sonya (Ankeny) Map
  • Café Diem (Ankeny) Map
  • Farm and City Supply (Des Moines) Map

Tree of Life wish list:

  • Quality adult & kitten food (wet & dry)
  • Quality adult & puppy food (wet & dry)
  • Cat litter 
  • Cat Toys (No catnip please)
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Food for small animals & birds
  • All sizes of KONG
  • Soft treats (dog & cat)
  • Milk bones
  • Baby food (beef or chicken)
  • Canned tuna
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Paper towels
  • Pre-paid gas cards for animal transport vehicles
  • Horse bedding (fine pine shavings; no cedar, please)
  • Good quality small square grass hay bales
  • Mineral blocks
  • Chicken feed
  • Mazuri pot-bellied pig food
  • Average- or large-size horse halters
  • Farm Supply Store Giftcards
  • Snuggle Puppies