One-time and Group Volunteers

One-time and Set-term Volunteering

Opportunities for those looking to give less than 12 hours of volunteer time are still highly beneficial to the shelter and serve a wide array of needs. Every month we have larger projects suitable for volunteer groups and events requiring unique needs. Due to insurance requirements, however, we are unable to allow one-time or short-term volunteers to work hands-on with the pets. Therefore, we try to identify a project before bringing you on-site to volunteer.

We have many options for one-time volunteer opportunities, so you can choose how your group wants to become involved. The first and easiest is to hold a donation drive for the ARL. We will talk to you about our most-needed items, and then coordinate a time for you to bring in any donations. You can find a list of needed items here.

Another option is a one-time group volunteer project. These can be done on site or off site. If you will be volunteering off-site, we would provide you with instructions on what types of enrichment items can be handmade and brought in. If you wish to volunteer on-site, we would do something similar or identify a project that we need help with. It could be anything from cleaning shelter areas to picking up trash outdoors to completing landscaping projects to making enrichment items for the animals. These opportunities are on an as-needed basis, so please be flexible.

We also have events that we need help staffing. These are not typically on site, but they are still highly beneficial for the shelter and animals. 

Once you decide what best fits your goals for your experience, email volunteer@arl-iowa.org with dates and times that work best for you, and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Court-ordered Community Service

Our organization is a firm believer in second chances and has programs set up specifically to help individuals finish court-ordered community service time. Please contact our Pet Help Center at (515) 473-9102 for information on getting started.

If a staff member does not answer, please either leave a voicemail with the below information, or visit our Pet Help Center located on the north side of ARL Main to fill out the application in person.

  1. Your name
  2. Your contact information
  3. Your offense
  4. How many hours you need to serve
  5. When you need to have them completed by