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.

ALI is a registered 501(c)3, tax exempt, non-profit organization. Donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by law; we receive no government assistance and rely solely on private donations, grants, fundraising events and proceeds from our Thrift Shop.

Many Companies such as; MidAmerican Energy, Meredith Corporation, Pella Windows, Pioneer Hi-Bred, St. Paul Traveler's, Starbucks, Voya, Wells Fargo, and Wellmark BCBS have an Employee Matching Gift Program. Please check with your employer and forward the necessary forms to: ANIMAL LIFELINE, PO BOX 12, CARLISLE, IA 50047.

Ways to Donate

Check or Money Order
Download, print and mail our Printable Form (PDF)


$25 Weekly Microchip Sponsor

$50 Monthly flea, tick and heartworm preventative for shelter animals.

$85 Help us control the pet population by sponsoring the spay/neuter of 1 shelter animal.

$125 Maxwell’s Medicine Cabinet
Help the animals at the shelter receive the proper medication they so desperately need.

$175 Weekly Food Sponsor
Many of the shelter animals eat prescription foods to control diabetes, kidney function & other ailments.

$500 Veterinary Care
Help Animal Lifeline continue to provide the best veterinary care to the special needs dogs & cats.

$900 Operation of Animal Lifeline Shelter for one full day

$___  I/We would like to sponsor a shelter cat or dog

$___  I/We would like to make a gift in memory of someone special who has passed away.
Memorial gifts (for animals or humans) of $100 or more, will receive a recognition plaque on Maggie’s Memorial Wall located at the ALI Shelter. A donation acknowledgement will be sent to the family if address is provide.

$___  I/We would like to make a gift in honor of someone special (birthday, retirement, holiday gift, or just because)! A donation acknowledgement will be sent to the honoree if the gift is over $20 & if the honoree's address is provided by the donor.

$___ Other - Please use the donation for whatever is needed most at ALI OR to set-up a reoccuring monthly donation.

September 1 THROUGH September 30 - State of Iowa One Gift Campaign - Animal Lifeline is a participating charitable agency. Our agency number is 7616. 100% of your donation will come directly to help the animals if you select us.

Wish List

View or Print Our Current Wish List Here
See our Amazon Wish List Here


Donate Your Vehicle

The Vehicles For Charity Program benefits Animal Lifeline of Iowa. Click here to read about the program (PDF)
Visit the Vehicles For Charity website (Link)

As you shop on Amazon, sign into AmazonSmile with your regular Amazon credentials, select Animal Lifeline of Iowa as your beneficiary and a portion of your qualifying purchase proceeds are then donated to's that easy! SHOP AND SAVE ANIMALS!


Kuranda Donate a Bed Program allows our supporters to purchase fleece pads and donate them directly to the shelter. We use Patented Kuranda Dog Beds because they are durable, chew proof and easy to clean. If you would like to donate a bed to us please click the button below. Kuranda Bed NOW HAS CAT BEDS TOO! We would love to have a few for the shelter.


Your furry family member needs proper identification, Tags for Hope offers a unique customized tag for your pet. Order using our link and Tags for Hope will donate 25% of your total purchase to our special needs animals.


Rover is the nation's largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers. On Rover, it's easy to connect with a dog lover in your neighborhood who will treat your dog like family.

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For every green jug of Cat's Pride® Fresh & Light® bought, Cat's Pride® Cat Litter will donate a pound of litter to help shelter cats across the country. Head over to 
today and nominate our shelter to receive free litter - the more nominations, the more litter we are eligible to receive! Thanks for all of the support!

Turn your everyday online shopping into philanthropy. Register with and when you buy online you will be helping Animal Lifeline.

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10% off at The Refined Feline. We are happy to announce a new partnership with The Refined Feline, makers of modern cat furniture. They design an assortment of high end cat towers, litter box cabinets, and cat beds both cats and cat owners will love. Visit their website 10% of your purchase will be donated to Animal Lifeline.


Help support the shelter animals. Promote awareness of the needs of animal in our care. Make an environmental choice. You can also order checks with your pets photo!