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Tree of Life

  • Date: 12/1/2019 - 12/31/2019
    Time: All Day
    Location: ARL Main
    5452 NE 22nd St
    Des Moines, IA 50313
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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 the Events Team 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 Animal Care and Control (Des Moines) Map
  • ARL West (Inside Iowa Pet Foods & Seascapes-West Des Moines) Map
  • FSBO Homes (Urbandale) Map
  • Planet Fitness (Urbandale) Map 
  • Merle Norman Cosmetics (West Des Moines) Map 
  • Grand Avenue Veterinary Hospital (West Des Moines) Map 
  • Sweet Waters (West Des Moines) Map 
  • Bank of America (Urbandale) Map
  • Z'Mariks (Ankeny) Map
  • Grinnell State Bank (Johnston) Map 
  • Tractor Supply Co. (Ankeny) Map 
  • Dr. Stephen Forrest, D.D.S. - Dental Practice (Clive) Map 
  • Element Hotel (West Des Moines) Map 
  • Price Chopper (Johnston) Map
  • Animals Doctors Veterinary Clinic (West Des Moines) Map 
  • Uptown Garage Brewing Co. (Ankeny) Map
  • Advance America (Altoona) Map
  • A to Z Rental Center (Windsor Height) Map
  • Fusion Boutique (West Des Moines) Map 
  • Dream Steam Cleaning & Restoration (Ankeny) Map
  • Bomgaars (Des Moines) Map 
  • Bomgaars (Grimes) Map 
  • Pet Supplies Plus (Altoona) Map 
  • BCS Stone Showroom (Urbandale) 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

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