The Adoption Process
Ready to Adopt? Great! Start Here.
What should I bring with me? How long does the adoption process take? Anything special I need to know? We'll walk you through the process so you can come prepared!
Shop at Animal House
Feed Your Pet While Feeding Homeless Pets
When you shop at ARL's Animal House store, 100% of the proceeds provide care for the homeless pets at the ARL waiting for their forever home. Food, bedding, leash, collar, treats, gifts - we have it all!
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.
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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.
Make a Difference
Join the ARL Team to Change Lives Daily
Every member of the ARL team plays an important role in changing the lives of animals and the people who love them.
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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 6-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.
The ARL's Veterinary Assistance program is in place to help alleviate medical costs and promote veterinary and pet care which will improve the lives of people and pets.
By addressing the critical need for accessible, affordable pet care, our veterinary assistance program helps animals by empowering the people who care for them.
The ARL’s efforts to assist pet owners is made possible through generous grantors that aim to help those who may be dealing with temporary financial hardships and are unable to bring their pets to their veterinarian. The ARL's goal is to keep pets in their loving home and not have them be relinquished to a shelter due to medical costs.
Scroll down to fill out out the application for vet assistance.
Due to grant availability we are not always able to assist with major surgical procedures, grooming, and costs associated with emergency care. If you are in need of any one of these please see the resource list below. Another option is to set up a payment plan/financing plan with your established veterinarian if it's available, however, this is completely at the discretion of your veterinarian.
The organizations and services listed below are NOT an endorsement or recommendation. We cannot vouch for these programs and you should always check them all out before seeking financial assistance from them.
Financing for veterinary care.
Veterinary Assistance Application
*Please note that we are only able to assist residents of Des Moines and Polk County
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