School & Citizenship Projects

School Projects

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is frequently contacted by students seeking more information about our services as well as animal welfare topics. We are always eager to help educate the community and spread the word of our humane education mission.

Students seeking information for a class should email our Humane Education Coordinator at

Due to the large number of requests, we ask that you please contact us at least two weeks in advance to schedule a time to meet.

Citizenship Projects

We do not offer volunteer opportunities for kids under the age of 10, but there are many other ways they can help us help the animals! Some project ideas include:

Donation Drive: The ARL is always grateful for monetary donations to help pay for the supplies necessary to care for our large shelter population.

  • Host a bake sale, lemonade stand, or car wash to benefit the ARL

Pet Supply Drive: Groups collect bags, boxes, and/or cans of high-quality pet food for all types of animals at our shelter. Groups can produce fliers, collection boxes and a tally sheet or classroom poster to track results. Our biggest need is always dry cat food without red dye and cat litter.

  • Organize a pet supply drive to collect items from our Fetch! List.

Host a Craft Night: Groups can make a difference for our animals by making fleece blankets for them to snuggle with.

  • Fleece blankets can be 20"x 20" to 24"x 24"

Click here for our full list of in-kind donation needs.

Want to visit the shelter? Request a Youth in Action program for your group!

Each participating group will complete a service project to benefit homeless pets in our community. This is a fun and engaging one-time program with a huge impact for kids who are unable to volunteer at the ARL regularly. Kids will work on a service project, receive a brief animal interaction, and take a tour of the shelter if time allows. 

Service Project Options:

  • Making pet toys/beds
  • Organizing/cleaning
  • Reading to adoptable pets
  • Other projects based on supplies and current organizational needs

Where: ARL Main 

Maximum Group Size: 15 kids

Grades: Pre kindergarten- 12th grade

Length: 60-90 Minutes (We are unable to accommodate programs of this nature for any longer than 90 minutes)

Please fill out the form below, and our Humane Education Coordinator will be in touch to confirm your visit date. Please note that the ARL can only accommodate these programs Monday-Friday.

All fields marked with * are required.

Youth in Action Request Form
Advanced reservations are required for all programs. Please list at least three dates and times that will work well with your group's schedule.