The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) 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 of Iowa through its programs, which include pet adoption, humane education, pet behavior training, spay/neuter, animal cruelty intervention and much more. The Animal Rescue League is dependent on individual and corporate contributions to care for its animals.
- The ARL receives no state, federal or United Way funding.
- The ARL takes seriously the investments of its donors and supporters for the care of the animals.
- The ARL, governed by a volunteer board of directors, adheres to standard accounting practices; conducts an annual independent audit; and carefully and frugally manages its resources in order to care for as many animals as possible for decades to come.
- The ARL is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
- The ARL is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity, meeting all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability
- Click here to view the ARL's 2019 year to date numbers.
- Click here to view the 2019 990 Form or view the 2019 Audited Financials.
Mission & Values
To promote animal welfare, strengthen the human-animal bond, and prevent the overpopulation of pets.Learn More
The ARL helps thousands of pets each year. View the ARL's year to date numbers here.Learn More
The Impact Report highlights many of the ways the ARL changes lives for animals and the people who love them.Learn More
Locations & Hours
With numerous locations, ARL is well equipped to serve animals in Iowa as well as the people who love them.Learn More
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Since its founding in 1926, the ARL has continued to expand to serve people and homeless animals across Iowa.Learn More
Every member of our team plays an important role in changing the lives of animals and the people who love them.Learn More
The ARL depends on its small, dedicated staff to care for the thousands of pets that come through the doors each year.Learn More
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa receives numerous grants to help fund various projects through the year.Learn More
Awards & Recognition
The ARL is proud to have received numerous awards and recognition for their services.Learn More
Tailwaggers is a publication of the ARL that is produced to share ARL's accomplishments and programs.Learn More
Browse our FAQs to learn more about the ARL, and find answers to your questions.Learn More