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Tree of Life

  • Date: 12/1/2020 - 12/31/2020
    Time: All Day
    Location: ARL Main
    5452 NE 22nd St
    Des Moines, IA 50313
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Tree of Life

Give a gift to a pet in need during the 2020 Tree of Life event

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa's annual Tree of Life event is an opportunity to leave gifts for homeless pets under the tree and help supply the shelter with items the animals depend on every day. Your gifts truly make a difference.

Watch pets pick out gifts during last year's Tree of Life:

How to Give to the Tree of Life

Bring a Gift:

Choose an item from our Wish List and put it under the tree at one of our drop-off locations in the Des Moines metro. Curbside drop-off is also available at ARL Main in our outdoor donation bins outside of normal business hours. 

Contactless Gifting:

Give a gift with an online order! Simply sign in to Amazon using AmazonSmile, purchase an item listed on our wish list (below) and your item will be shipped directly to the ARL. When you use AmazonSmile, 0.5% of each eligible purchase will be donated to help ARL pets.

Please have items delivered to:
5452 NE 22nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50313

Choose Items from our Wish List

We are thankful for your generosity, and so are the pets in our care! Here are some of our most-needed items to help us care for the animals this holiday season.

Food for Dogs & Cats

Instead of bringing in a bag of food, please consider making a $5, $10 or $15 donation to our Full Bellies Food Fund. Our partnership with Hill's Food, Shelter & Love program and Oxbow allows us to purchase food for the shelter in bulk, which means every dollar goes further.

For Dogs

Creamy peanut butter (no xylitol please)

Easy Cheese (in a can)

KONGs (large and medium)

Hot dogs


For Cats

Cat carriers

Cat litter (non-clumping)

Canned tuna

Meat-based baby food

Cat scratchers (13-pack is best)

For Barn and Small Animals

Timothy hay

Rabbit litter

Wood blocks for small animals

Horse bedding (pine shavings; no cedar, please)

Grass or alfalfa hay bales (small, good quality)

Mineral and salt blocks

Horse feed (Purina Strategy)

Chicken feed

Gift Cards and Other Supplies

Pre-paid gas cards for animal transport vehicles

Farm supply store gift cards

Exam gloves

Paper towels

Hand sanitizer

Post-It notes

Trash bags (20 gallon or larger)

Dish soap

Tree of Life Drop-off Locations

Des Moines

ARL Main
5452 NE 22nd Street (map)

ARL Animal Services
1615 SE 14th Street (map)

Advance America
*In-kind donations only*
5132 SE 14th Street (map) 

5049 NE 14th Street  (map)

Joann Fabrics and Crafts
5034 SE 14th Street (map)


Des Moines Cosmetic Dentistry
2375 Berkshire Pkwy  (map)


2151 SE 11th St (map)


FSBO Homes
11111 Plum Dr (map)

West Des Moines

ARL West
Inside Iowa Pet Foods & Seascapes
1500 22nd Street (map)

Coffee Cats
312 5th Street (map)

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea
160 Jordan Creek Pkwy #160 (map)

Element Hotel
575 S Prairie View Dr (map)

Orangetheory Fitness
375 S Jordan Creek Pkwy (map)


Fleet Farm
3875 SE Delaware Ave (map)


Pet Supplies Plus
8th St SE  (map)

Windsor Heights

A to Z Rental Center
1220 73rd St  (map)

Interested in having your business host a Tree of Life this year?

Call (515) 473-9132
or email