Dog Wash Benefiting Special Needs, No-Kill Animal Shelter


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Animal Lifeline of Iowa

Animal Lifeline of Iowa (ALI) is Central Iowa’s only special needs, no-kill animal shelter. It is celebrating nearly 35 years of serving the Des Moines area and all of Iowa. ALI rescues cats and dogs that are injured, handicapped, have a serious medical condition, abused, pregnant and nursing moms, or orphans that require bottle feeding. Animals, who run a higher risk of euthanasia in a traditional shelter setting, are rehabilitated and then adopted into loving forever homes. Animals are not euthanized because they have been at the shelter for a certain length of time.

Stacie Leinen, ALI’s Director of Development, says “Just because animals come to ALI with a special need, does not mean that special need is always forever. For example, pregnant moms arrive, have their babies in a safe environment, all are spayed/neutered and placed up for adoption. An injured animal receives the medical care required and once healed is placed up for adoption.”

ALI operates a thrift shop on the southside of Des Moines. The shop accepts gently used household goods, clothing and more. Proceeds support the work the Shelter does saving special needs animals. Follow the Animal Lifeline Thrift Shop on Facebook for sneak peeks on merchandise.

Mission Statement

Animal Lifeline is a no-kill animal shelter seeking to reduce the number of special needs dogs and cats that are euthanized by providing care, temporary shelter, and by promoting positive long-term pet guardianship.

Get Involved

  • Adopt, don’t shop! Make ALI your first stop when searching for that perfect furry family member.
  • Monetary donations and supplies from ALI’s wishlist are always appreciated and help ensure they can continue to rescue special needs animals.
  • Volunteer! Last year over 300 volunteers dedicated their time to helping ALI save lives. Visit their website to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
  • Donate your gently used items to the Animal Lifeline Thrift Shop. While you’re there, shop the large thrift shop to score amazing deals!

Animal Lifeline’s Dog Wash

When: Saturday, July 27 | 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Animal Lifeline of Iowa Shelter: 4521 SE 14th St., Des Moines

Onsite Registration:
$25 per dog; includes wash, towel dry & brush by dedicated volunteers.
First 50 dogs washed received a special gift, all dogs washed receive a waggin’ swag bag!





Follow Animal Lifeline of Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to learn about ways to get involved, events & animals needing forever loving homes.


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