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.

  • Pets for Life

    Pets for Life

    Pets for Life (PFL) is a community outreach effort that builds humane communities using fresh approaches designed to extend the reach of animal services, resources, and information to underserved areas.

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  • Spay/Neuter Programs

    Spay/Neuter Programs

    Thanks to additional grant funding, the ARL has public spay and neuter programs like PetSnip, Pets for Life, Purr Project and Spay the Mother; 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.

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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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