Tree of Life 2022

  • Date: 12/1/2022 - 12/31/2022
    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

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

For Cats

For Barn and Small Animals

Gift Cards and Other Supplies

Tree of Life Drop-off Locations

Des Moines

ARL Main
5452 NE 22nd Street (map)

5049 NE 14th Street (map)

Franklin Plaza Family Dentistry P.C.
4944 Franklin Ave. Suite A  (map)

Pet Supplies Plus
4211 Fleur Dr  (map)

Pet Supplies Plus
4371 Merle Hay Rd  (map)


Fresh Fit Meals 

11881 Hickman Rd (map)


The Shine Shop

301 NE Cypress Dr (map)


The Shine Shop

1400 SE University Ave (map)


Des Moines Cosmetic Dentistry
2375 Berkshire Pkwy (map)

Zoom Room 

13101 University Ave Suite 4 (map)

West Des Moines

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

Animal Doctors
4800 Mills Civic Pkwy  (map)

Coffee Cats
312 5th Street (map)

Element Hotel 
575 South Prairie View Drive (map)


Denny Elwell Company

2401 SE Tones Dr #17 (map)

Fresh Fit Meals 

2405 DW White Birch Drive #110 (map)

The Shine Shop 

3301 N. Ankeny Blvd (map)

Zoom Room 

1875 N Ankeny Blvd Suite 105 (map)


Pet Supplies Plus

120 8th Street (map)


The Shine Shop
6025 Merle Hay Rd  (map)

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

Call (515) 473-9132
or email