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ARL Adoption Goal Smashed but More Pets Need Homes

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Animal Rescue League in Des Moines. (WHO-HD)

Animal Rescue League in Des Moines. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is happy to have met a recent adoption goal but knows more must be done to help homeless pets.

The ARL was dealing with overcrowding issues and offered a special promotion last week with a goal of getting 200 pets adopted over five days. Adoption prices were reduced to just $25 per dog or cat. The ARL smashed its goal by getting 334 pets placed from Wednesday through Sunday. That includes 77 pets that are being fostered.

Saturday’s adoptions broke a record, with 94 pets being adopted.

Stephanie Filer with the ARL says they know this summer will be busy because it’s basically been a “revolving door” of pets. Though the adoption goal was more than met, over that same period of time 244 pets were brought to the ARL for care. The ARL wants to remind adopters that there are still hundreds of pets in need of homes.

An Adopt-a-Thon is being held this Saturday at the Bass Pro Shop in Altoona. Cats and dogs will once again be $25 each. The price will be the same for all ARL locations, but most of the pets will be at Bass Pro Shops.


  • Loba Art

    The Animal Rescue League of Iowa receives thousands of dollars in funding from Animal Farm Foundation, a corporation that lobbies against regulations on pit bull dogs. AFF demands that its funding recipients only present pit bulls in a “positive light.” After I politely pointed out this conflict of interest problem on ARL of Iowa’s Facebook page, my comments were deleted and my account banned within minutes. I contacted ARL of Iowa and asked them to disclose the amount of funding it receives from pit bull lobbyists and how that funding is allocated, and I have yet to receive a response. In the meantime I have collected several complaints from individuals who adopted pit bulls from ARL of Iowa — these dogs were purported to be friendly but later found to be aggressive. Based on these experiences, I believe ARL of Iowa is prioritizing financial incentives over transparency and public safety. I sincerely hope that WHOTV will perform its own investigation into this matter.

    • Sally

      @Loba Art,
      Why why why why why would you attack an organization that is doing SO much to help SO MANY animals!?!?!? Please do not discourage people from adopting animals at the ARL. Adopting a pit bull with an unknown background to be a family pet is a bad idea unless you are very well versed in reading and working with that particular breed.
      Please people, please continue to support the ARL. They do so much good for so many!! And please, spay and neuter your pets! If animals were bred responsibly, there would be no need for organizations such as the ARL.

      • Loba Art

        Saving homeless animals IS good work and I’m not attacking that. However, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa’s behavior repeatedly Indicates that this organization has something to hide. It receives thousands of dollars in funding from a corporation with a very specific agenda (lobbying against regulations for pit bulls) and refused to answer my questions about the amount and allocation of this funding. When I mentioned the conflict of interest in a discussion on its Facebook page, ARL of Iowa immediately deleted ALL of my comments and simply banned my account. These comments were not rude or off-topic but they were true and unflattering. I contacted the organization to ask questions and obtain a specific reason as to why my account was banned, and was ignored. Does that sound professional and on-the-level to you? Or does it sound fishy and unprofessional? Also, “adopting a pit bulls with an unknown background to be a family pet” is what the ARL of Iowa encourages people to do every day. They market pit bulls as companions for children. Some pit bulls may be good pets, but pit bulls are also consistently implicated in the majority of severe and deadly dog attacks, and most victims are children. Pit bulls are also implicated in the majority of severe and deadly dog attacks on other animals. Even pit bull advocates quietly admit that special tools (called “break sticks”) are often needed to force pit bulls to let go during an attack. These facts are not mentioned anywhere on ARL of Iowa’s website. The ARL of Iowa is receiving money from a pit bull lobbying corporation that expects funding recipients to promote a very one-sided view of pit bulls. Their one-sided rhetoric obscures critical facts and compromises public safety toward a potentially lethal outcome.

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