The Adoption Process
Ready to Adopt? Start Here.
All you need to know about how to prepare for adoption and what to expect when you arrive.
Kruidenier Second Chance Ranch
Our Safe Haven for Horses and Barn Animals
Learn more about adoptions, events, clinics and care provided at the Second Chance Ranch at ARL Main.
For All Your Pet Questions
ARL Pet Helpline - We're Here for You and Your Pet
Our Pet Helpline is in place to assist pet owners who may be struggling with pet issues. We can provide resources and assistance to help keep you and your pet together.
Help Control the Pet Population
Low Cost Spay/Neuter Programs
The ARL has spay/neuter programs which offer surgeries, vaccines and/or microchips at low or no cost for individuals who could not otherwise afford those services.
see if you qualify
Be a hero. Foster an animal.
Give Pets a Chance to Relax in your Home!
Some pets need a break from the shelter while waiting for a forever home. Caring for a pet in your home is both fun and rewarding.
Shop for Supplies
Shop for your Pet at Animal House
We offer a unique assortment of food, bedding, leashes, collars and gifts — and 100% of proceeds benefit the homeless pets at ARL.
Sit. Shake. Stay. Good!
Short on Time? Join Our Drop In Training Classes!
Drop In Training Class is perfect for those with busy schedules who aren't able to commit to a 4-week class, but still want their dog to learn the basic manners.
For Pet Parents
Questions about your Pet's Behavior?
The ARL offers dog and cat behavior counseling to help adoptive pet parents, as well as the general public, better understand our pets.
Join the ARL's Humane Action Network
Join us to advocate for improved animal welfare laws for the animals and people of Iowa.
Report Animal Abuse
The ARL can help you assess the situation and report it to the proper law enforcement agency.
on Monday, June 24, 2019
Ouch - That cement is HOT! Protect your pet’s paws!
The dog days of summer are here again, and the temperatures have been skyrocketing with a vengeance! It seems no matter where you go, everyone is looking for the same thing: relief from the heat.
During these sultry days, not only is it crucial that you provide your pets with shade and fresh drinking water, but it’s also imperative that you’re aware of the rising temperature of the cement and asphalt around your home and public spaces.
Cement and asphalt temperatures rise much more quickly than some would expect. On a 77-degree Fahrenheit day, the temperature of asphalt has been recorded as high as 125 degrees Fahrenheit, while on an 87-degree Fahrenheit day, the temperature of asphalt has been recorded as high as 143 degrees Fahrenheit!
These temperatures can cause your dog’s paws to burn in as little as 60 seconds. To protect your dog’s feet, consider the following options:
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