It’s race day and the fancy pink gorilla takes off in front of you while blaring his signature trombone. You’re wearing a cape and it’s flapping in the wind behind you as you race to win that free green beer. It feels good to be a hero, right?

When the race is over, don’t hang up the cape until next year, instead come to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, because we need heroes . . . thousands of pets need a hero.

Our heroes are volunteers who sit outside a shy dog’s kennel for hours to slowly get them used to being around people.

Our heroes are foster volunteers who bottle feed one-week-old kittens every 2 hours around the clock because they were separated from their mother.

Our heroes are staff and volunteers that come in at 5 am on holidays to care for the pets, even though they also have plans with their family and friends.

Our heroes are individuals and families who come to the ARL and adopt a new pet to join their family and give them a second chance.

Our heroes are donors who financially support our work and believe in our mission to change lives.

There are so many ways that you can be a hero at the ARL – we need you – the pets need you.




About Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL)
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is Iowa’s largest non-profit animal shelter, caring for many thousands of pets each year. The ARL serves people and pets from across the state through pet adoption, humane education, pet behavior training, spay/neuter, animal cruelty intervention and much more. The ARL treats each animal as an individual, each with his/her own needs, personality, and plan for success. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook at