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Tree of Life 2023

  • Date: 12/1/2023 - 12/31/2023
    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! When you donate items from our wish lists, they ship directly to us. 

Amazon Wish List

Chewy Wish List

Walmart Wish List 

Choose Items from our Fetch! 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 and into the new year.

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 Small Animals

For Barn 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)

Connett Services 

101 E Sheridan Ave (map)

Paws & Pints 

6218 Willowmere Dr (map)


Berkshire Dental
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)

Element Hotel 
575 South Prairie View Drive (map)


Zoom Room 

1875 N Ankeny Blvd Suite 105 (map)

Denny Elwell Company

2401 SE Tones Dr #17 (map)

Waxing the City 

309 N Ankeny Blvd STW 102 (map)

Beyond the Metro

Sweet Oaks Bakery + Bistro

601 1st Ave, Collins, IA (map)

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

Call (515) 473-9109
or email