Animal Control

ARL Animal Services

Animal Control ServicesIf you have come across an animal in distress, call your local animal services agency or law enforcement. City of Des Moines residents can call (515) 283-4811.  

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is contracted by multiple municipalities to provide animal services and housing for stray animals.

ARL Animal Services Facts

  • In 2018, ARL Animal Services had 13,553 dispatched trips, an average of 37 trips each day.
  • There are 5.5 Animal Services Officers performing animal services from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week in the city of Des Moines.
  • For information regarding city of Des Moines ordinances, click here.
  • Animal Control Services FAQ

    Animal Control Services FAQ

    Get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions in regards to Animal Control Services.

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  • Community Outreach

    Community Outreach

    Learn about our broad range of free or low-cost community programs such as spay/neuter surgeries, a pet food pantry, micro-chipping, veterinary services, and crisis fosters.

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  • City of Des Moines

    City of Des Moines

    ARL is contracted by the city of Des Moines to operate its animal control program. This program is a partnership with the Des Moines Police Department and a member of their department serves as Chief Humane Officer.

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  • Des Moines BSL

    Des Moines BSL

    Learn more about breed specific legislation and the ordinance pertaining to dogs in Des Moines.

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  • Reporting


    View the intakes and outcomes of the ARL's Animal Care and Control for the city of Des Moines.

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