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Tree of Life

  • Date: 12/1/2017 - 12/31/2017
    Time: All Day
    Location: Multiple Locations
Megan Rice (

Tree of LifeThe 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.

Here's how YOU can participate!

Visit any ARL location or any of the businesses below to place your donation under the tree.

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!

Is your business interested in hosting a Tree of Life at your business? Contact Megan at for more information.

Watch adoptable ARL animals pick out gifts from the tree!

Tree of Life drop off locations:

  • ARL Main (Des Moines) Map
  • ARL South (Inside Southridge Mall-Des Moines) Map
  • ARL Animal Care and Control (Des Moines) Map
  • ARL West (Inside Iowa Pet Foods & Seascapes-West Des Moines) Map
  • Bomgaars (Des Moines) Map
  • Z'Mariks (Ankeny) Map
  • FSBO Homes (Urbandale) Map
  • Pet Supplies Plus (Des Moines) Map
  • Grand Avenue Veterinary Hospital (West Des Moines) Map
  • Hy-Vee Corporate Office (West Des Moines) Map
  • Westside Auto Pros (Clive) Map
  • Planet Fitness (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)
  • Hot dogs
  • Baby food
  • 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