Dog DNA Day

  • Date: 5/4/2024
    Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
    Location: ARL Main
    5452 NE 22nd St.
    Des Moines, IA 50313
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Do you ever get asked "What kind of dog is that? "We have your answer!

Solve your pup's DNA mystery and give back to pets in need with one of our most popular events - DNA Day! Will they have hound genetics? Lab? Or maybe just a whole lot of cute!

Reserve your kit for only $69 (regularly priced at $75). Remember - there is no sales tax and 100% of the proceeds help homeless pets!

How to participate:

  1. Reserve your kit through the button below
  2. Pickup your kit anytime between 10am and 3pm on Saturday, May 4 in our adoption lobby
  3. Swab your pet's cheek at home or ask one of our DNA Day volunteers to help you day of
  4. Send your kit to the lab and you'll receive your results in just a few weeks

Pricing and availability:

Promotional pricing is only available May 4, 2024. We will accept walk-ins, but please note DNA Kits not reserved will be sold on a first come, first served basis based on how many kits we have available that day. 

If you cannot attend the event but are still interested in a purchasing a kit, visit the ARL's Animal House store during normal business hours to purchase a kit at our standard retail price of $75.


Fine print:

We welcome friendly dogs of all sizes and breeds and their responsible owners. For the safety of your dog and others, female dogs should not be in heat and please check with your veterinarian to make sure your dog is up to date on all of its vaccinations. Dogs must be leashed and under control of their owner at all times. No retractable leashes, choke chains, or prong collars are allowed. To learn more about our policy on correction collars, visit this link.

Tickets are non-refundable. Once registered, if you are unable to attend, please consider your payment a tax-deductible donation.

Covid-19 Information:

We ask all event attendees to practice current recommended safety guidelines. If you have questions about our COVID-19 safety measures, please contact


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