ARL Saves Over 2,000 Homesless Pets in the First Three Months of the Year

posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in News

InfographicARL Saves Over 2,000 Homeless Pets in the First Three Months of the Year
Lives Saved Includes Adoptions, Return to Owners, and Transfers to Other Shelters

(April 12, 2017) DES MOINES – The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) has released the number of animals’ lives they have saved from January through March this year. A total of 2,033 homeless pets were saved during this time period through adoption, returning lost pets to their owners, and transferring to other shelters through the ARL’s Transfer Partner program – a network of shelters who work together to send and receive animals when space and other resources allow. Adoptions represented 1,527 of this number and there were 364 return to owners and 142 transfers to other shelters.

The combined numbers represent a total “Live Release Rate” of 90% so far this year.

“We are thrilled with the success we have seen so far this year,” said Tom Colvin, Executive Director for the ARL, “These numbers are a direct result of the community’s commitment to adopt and keep their pets for life, as well as the ARL’s increased programming that is supported entirely by donations.”

These numbers represent record success for the ARL, who has already this year assisted law enforcement with multiple large-scale animal rescues.

“Every year brings new challenges as well as new opportunities for the ARL, but we are committed to treating each and every animal that walks through our doors as if they are the only one,” said Colvin.


About Animal Rescue League of Iowa
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is Iowa’s largest nonprofit animal shelter, caring for many thousands of pets each year. The ARL serves people and pets from across the state through pet adoption, humane education, pet behavior training, spay/neuter, animal cruelty intervention and much more. For more information, visit