ARL Community Outreach

Community Outreach

The ARL understands the importance and value of the human-animal bond. Therefore, all of our outreach efforts reflect our goal of promoting animal welfare, preventing the overpopulation of pets and improving the lives of not only animals, but the community as a whole.

We provide a broad range of outreach programs and community events, while also offering free or low-cost services such as spay/neuter surgeries, educational events that include pet care and training workshops, and humane education. We have also developed partnerships with other animal welfare organizations and service providers to improve the lives of pets and their owners.

The ARL is lucky to have a partnership with the city of Des Moines to provide animal control services for residents. Through this partnership, the citizens of Des Moines and their animals benefit because the ARL is able to offer education, services (such free or low-cost spay/neuter services), and pet supplies (such as dog houses, collars, tags, and more) to pet owners who could not otherwise afford them.

  • Pet Food Pantry

    Pet Food Pantry

    The ARL offers this supplemental service intended to help alleviate some of the cost associated with purchasing pet food for pet families in transition.

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  • Spay/Neuter Programs

    Spay/Neuter Programs

    The ARL has low-cost spay and neuter programs which offer surgeries, vaccines and/or microchips at low or no cost for individuals who could not otherwise afford those services. These surgeries are performed by ARL and partner veterinarians. Fill out the application to see if you qualify.

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  • Crisis Foster

    Crisis Foster

    This program provides temporary care for the pets of families or individuals experiencing a crisis due to domestic violence, natural disaster, or other catastrophic events.

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  • Veterinary Assistance

    Veterinary Assistance

    The ARL's Veterinary Assistance program is in place to help alleviate medical costs and promote veterinary and pet care

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  • Microchip Services

    Microchip Services

    This is a reduced microchip assistance program for cats and dogs. The fee ($35 or $15 with income assistance program) includes the registration of the chip for life. Microchipping your pet is the best way to ensure that you will be reunited with them should they ever get lost.

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  • Partners


    Together we are able to accomplish so much. It is because of our partners in the community that we are able to offer much-needed veterinary assistance, pet supplies and more to change the lives of pets and people in our community.

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