Choose to change the world for homeless pets
Welcome and thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. We are very grateful for your support. There are few things as rewarding as helping a homeless animal find a new home. When you volunteer at the ARL, you make a difference for homeless animals AND the people choosing to adopt them.
Volunteering can take a variety of forms. From serving as an ambassador spreading awareness in the community, to providing enrichment and socialization for an animal, to training other volunteers on how to support our mission, volunteer team members give their time and talent to change the lives of thousands of pets each year. We could not do what we do without you, and we have unmet needs waiting for more talented volunteers to help us fulfill our mission!
ARL volunteers are committed to furthering our mission to promote animal welfare, strengthen the human-animal bond, and prevent the overpopulation of pets.
Looking to start your journey as an ARL volunteer? Start here to explore all the ways you can contribute.Learn More
Log in to your volunteer account to sign up for volunteer shifts at events and get additional volunteer notes.
The ARL can accommodate volunteer groups or individuals who may be looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity.Learn More
Public (one-time) Volunteers
Interested in volunteering at the ARL but want to try it out first? Sign up for a public volunteering shift! We'll train you when you're here!Learn More
Court-ordered Community Service
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is a firm believer in second chances and has opportunities set up specifically to help individuals finish court-ordered community service time.Learn More
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One-Time and Set-term Volunteering
Opportunities for those looking to give less than 12 hours of volunteer time are still highly beneficial to the shelter and serve a wide array of needs.Learn More