ARL Assisting Pets and Pet Owners through Extreme Heat Warning

posted on Friday, July 23, 2021 in News

With extreme temperatures expected over the next several days, the Polk County Health Department encourages residents to take extra precautions to stay safe. As we brace for this extreme heat, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is prepared to help pets and pet owners stay safe during these high temperature heat indexes.

  • ARL Main is a Pet-Friendly Cooling Station: Anyone who needs relief from the heat with their pets can come to ARL Main (5452 NE 22nd St. Des Moines) from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. through Wednesday, July 28th. If you are arriving before noon, you may enter at the Pet Help Center doors.
  • Outdoor Pets: The ARL strongly recommends that outdoor pets be brought indoors to a cool area during these extreme temperatures. Dogs must have access to adequate shelter (properly insulated), food, water, and veterinary care, but in cases of extreme temperatures, additional accommodations may be necessary to prevent a pet from being in distress. If you see a pet in distress in the city of Des Moines, call (515) 283-4811. During extreme temperatures, these calls will be considered priority calls. If you see a pet in distress in any other city, call the non-emergency police number for that area. 
  • Helping Outdoor Wildlife: Set out a large bowl of water for any community cats or other animals that need access to water. Check it often to ensure it doesn't get too warm and change it out for nice cool water, or freeze bowls of water and set them out so they last longer.