Tree of Life 2021

  • Date: 12/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
    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 this holiday season

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.

Make a difference this December. Leave a gift for a homeless pet. 

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

How to Make a Gift

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.   

Contactless Gifting:

Give a gift with an online order!

Amazon Smile: 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.

Chewy Wish List: You can now shop our Chewy Wish List. Once you click on the Chewy Wish List link, click "Shop our Wish List" and start shpping for pets in need! 

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

Send a Virtual Gift: Send the message of hope to a pet in need by selecting to send  a virtual gift.


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 $10, $20 or $30 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

Easy Cheese (in a can)

Creamy peanut butter (no xylitol please)

Whipped Cream

KONGs (large and medium)

Hot dogs

Blankets, towels and sheets (no fitted, please) 


For Cats

KMR - Kitten Milk Replacer 

Cat carriers

Cat litter (non-clumping)

Canned tuna

Meat-based baby food

Cat scratchers (13-pack is best)

Acrylic yarn (for volunteers to make cozy beds and blankets for the cats)

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

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)

5049 NE 14th Street  (map)

Connett Services 
101 E Sheridan Ave (map) 

Franklin Plaza Family Dentistry
4944 Franklin Ave Suite A (map)

Power Life Yoga (monetary donations only)
1717 Ingersoll Ave (map)


Power Life Yoga (monetary donations only)
9250 University Ave (map)

Shine Shop
1400 SE University Ave (map) 


FSBO Homes 
11111 Plum Drive (map)


Power Life Yoga (monetary donations only)
8839 Northpark Ct (map)

West Des Moines

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

Animal Doctors
4800 Mills Civic Parkway #110 (map)

Coffee Cats
312 5th Street (map)

Element Hotel 
575 South Prairie View Drive (map)

Power Life Yoga (monetary donations only)
5465 Mills Civic Parkway (map)


FSBO Homes
110 N Ankeny Blvd, Suite 600 (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