Animal Rescue League

Here at the Animal Rescue League (ARL), we have an almost unlimited amount of volunteer opportunities for students to gain silver cord hours or some real world experience.. We have two types of volunteers:

  • One time volunteers- Help out with big events, no training required (Iowa Dog Jog, Arts Fest, State Fair, ect.)
  • Regular volunteers- helps out with routine shelter care, orientation and training required
    • This is what I would recommend for most students because it is the most flexible. Once a volunteer is trained, they are able to come in any time we are open to get their hours. Our first step after the trainings is that volunteers become our ‘Professional Dog and Cat Snugglers,’ but after the that the options are limitless from photography, fundraising, event planning, animal behavior, ect!

Students volunteering at the ARL must meet age requirements.


Our orientations for the rest of the year are:

Thursday, September 21, 2017- Noon

Thursday, September 21, 2017- 5PM

Saturday, October 14, 2017 9:30AM

Thursday, October 19, 2017- Noon

Thursday, October 19, 2017-5PM

Saturday, November 11, 2017 9:30AM

Thursday, November 16, 2017-Noon

Thursday, November 16, 2017-5PM

Saturday, December 09, 2017-9:30AM

Thursday, December 21, 2017-Noon

Thursday, December 21, 2017-5PM

Link to sign up:


Iowa Dog Jog:

Outlet Mall shifts:  Thursday, October 19th from 3- 6:30pm, 6:30-9:30pm- Email

Please check out their volunteer page at or main website at