Animal Lifeline of Iowa, Inc.

Animal Lifeline of Iowa (ALI) is Central Iowa’s only special needs, no-kill animal shelter, celebrating 30 years of serving the Des Moines area and all of Iowa. We rescue cats and dogs that are injured, handicapped, have a serious medical condition, abused, pregnant and nursing moms, or orphans that require bottle feeding. We rehabilitate the animals, who run a higher risk of euthanasia in a traditional shelter setting, and then adopt them into loving forever homes. Animals are not euthanized because they have been at the shelter for a certain length of time.

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.

Featured Animals

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 HEAVEN WAS BORN WITH SEVERE DEFORMED REAR LEGS (MISSING BONES), AFTER EXTENSIVE VETERINARIAN EVALUATION BY ORTHOPEDIC SPECIALISTS, IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT HER REAR PAWS WILL REQUIRE AMPUTATION; IT IS THE BEST INTEREST FOR HEAVEN TO PREVENT A LIFE OF PAIN. DON’T WORRY…WE WILL BE GETTING HER LITTLE “SLIPPERS” & TEACH HER TO USE THEM!  PLEASE NOTE: HEAVEN IS NOT AVAILABLE TO BE RESERVED FOR ADOPTION AT THIS TIME. PLEASE FOLLOW HER STORY ONLINE & SOCIAL MEDIA FOR UPDATES.    We anticipate her care to cost approximately $7,500. Can you help us help Heaven & give her the care she deserves?

HEAVEN WAS BORN WITH SEVERE DEFORMED REAR LEGS (MISSING BONES), AFTER EXTENSIVE VETERINARIAN EVALUATION BY ORTHOPEDIC SPECIALISTS, IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT HER REAR PAWS WILL REQUIRE AMPUTATION; IT IS THE BEST INTEREST FOR HEAVEN TO PREVENT A LIFE OF PAIN. DON’T WORRY…WE WILL BE GETTING HER LITTLE “SLIPPERS” & TEACH HER TO USE THEM!
PLEASE NOTE: HEAVEN IS NOT AVAILABLE TO BE RESERVED FOR ADOPTION AT THIS TIME. PLEASE FOLLOW HER STORY ONLINE & SOCIAL MEDIA FOR UPDATES.
We anticipate her care to cost approximately $7,500. Can you help us help Heaven & give her the care she deserves?

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Priorities & Animals We Accept

Priority is given to animals who are...

  • Handicapped

  • Injured

  • Abused

  • Serious medical condition

  • Pregnant/Nursing moms

  • Orphaned needing bottle feeding

  • As animals are placed and adopted into homes, we are able to assist more.

  • We DO NOT maintain a waiting list for animals that may qualify to come to our shelter.

If you have an animal you believe meets our acceptance criteria, please call the shelter to discuss if we will be able to assist you. We are a very small shelter and accept animals as space and budget allows.

Veterinarian Care

All animals in ALI's care receive complete veterinarian care from Avondale Veterinary Healthcare Complex which includes:

  • Vaccinations and Rabies

  • General health assessment

  • Heartworm checks & preventatives - for dogs

  • Flea & tick preventatives

  • Leukemia & FIV screenings - for cats

  • De-worming

  • Any medical care necessary to maintain their health

  • Microchip implant

  • All are spayed or neutered before being placed in home

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