Published on July 11th, 2013 | by Ameena Rasheed

Find a furry friend: The ARL is full

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa needs your help! After ARL’s removal of 40 cats from a house in Des Moines, they now have 1,210 animals in its overcrowded shelter.

“While we have had a record number of adoptions and great success with reuniting lost pets with their owners this summer, we continue to receive dozens of animals every single day,” said Tom Colvin, executive director for the ARL, in a press release. “We are doing everything we can to keep up with that number of animals and are getting them into homes as fast as we can, but we really need the public’s help.”

Here are a few adoptable pets, if you’re in the market:

ARL is asking the public to help them in the following two  ways:

Keep your pets. ARL is in the business of providing services and counseling for some of the reasons that you may be looking to get rid of your pet. They can offer or help connect you with these resources:

  • Free spay/neuter services for those on financial assistance
  • Free cat & dog behavior counseling
  • Free pet food or litter for those who cannot afford it
  • Free collars, leashes, and ID tags
  • Pet-friendly housing assistance
  • Crisis foster programs for people experiencing a temporary loss of home through homelessness, disaster, domestic violence, etc.

Foster a pet. If you have some space around the house, consider letting the ARL match you up with a new pet for how ever long you can help.

ARL also takes dog and cat food, cat litter, and monetary donations to help with the cost for the animals’ medical care.

About the Author

Ameena is Online Editor for Juice Magazine. E-mail her at or follow her updates on Twitter @AmeenaRasheed.

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