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A nonprofit humane organization, Furry Friends Refuge is committed to assisting all animals in need throughout the larger Des Moines area. They offer a slew of services including adoption, spay, and neuter, and community outreach and education. The first no-kill organization in the Des Moines metro area, Furry Friends Refuge also partners with WestPet animal control to help with housing, reunification, and adoption programs for stray animals in the area. Furry Friends relies mostly on their dedicated volunteers and all donations go directly to the programs they provide the community.

Throughout the state of Iowa, the Animal Rescue League (ARL) serves animals and people with programs such as pet adoption, pet behavior training, spay/neuter, humane education and animal cruelty intervention. The ARL is completely reliant on volunteers and individual/corporate contributions to help care for its animal and provide their services. They’re committed to promoting animal welfare, strengthening the bond between animal and human, and preventing overpopulation.

The Animal Lifeline of Iowa (ALI) is the only special needs, no-kill animal shelter in Central Iowa. With over 30 years of serving the area, they’ve rescued cats and dogs that are handicapped, injured, need serious medical attention, abused, pregnant, etc. They offer rehabilitation services for animals that have a higher risk of euthanasia in a traditional type of shelter and then help the animals find their furr-ever homes. The ALI is committed to reducing the number of special needs animals risk of being euthanized by providing care, shelter and facilitating positive long-term pet guardianship.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Des Moines

  • Admission FREE!
    Month May
    Duration 6 months

    #1 Des Moines Farmer's Market

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    The Des Moines Farmer's Market is one of a kind with national recognition as one of the best farmer's market in the Midwest and the nation as a whole. Located in downtown Des Moines, the market boasts nearly 300 local entrepreneurs, connecting urban and rural communities alike. From farmers and producers to bakers and artists, the Des Moines Farmer's Market runs from the first Saturday of May through the last Saturday of October. The market welcomes leashed furry pals to browse the selection with their owners and maybe gets some treats along the way!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month September

    #2 Iowa Dog Jog

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    Join hundreds of other dog enthusiasts and their furry best friends in a 2.5-mile fun run/walk, as you raise money for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, caring and finding homes for thousands of animals across the state. After the jog, there will be plenty of play time for your pup to socialize with their newfound jogging friends at the pop-up dog park! Registration for humans is $25 and $15 for the dog. Be sure to keep an eye out for early registration prices! 

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month August

    #3 Dog Days of Summer at I-Cubs

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    Batter up with your pup at the Iowa Cubs Dog Days of Summer. For a special day of the summer season, you can bring your best pal and cheer the Iowa Cubs on together. Dogs get in free with paid human admission and each dog will get a bandanna to show off their Iowa Cubs spirit. And don't forget to strike a pose for the puparazzi in the dog parade on the field before the game starts!

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month August

    #4 Yappy Hour

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    Wash off the stress from the day with a drink and some quality time with your pooch at the Des Moines Social Club's Yappy Hour! Bring your pup of any size or breed to enjoy some laughs and barks over drinks. The event is free and $1 from each drink sold will benefit the Animal Rescue League of Iowa!  Be sure to keep your dogs leashed and under control. Unfortunately, no pooches in heat or pups under six months old are allowed. 

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  • Admission $5.00
    Month August

    #5 Pooch Paddle Dog Swim

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    Celebrate one last summer splash at the Pooch Paddle Dog Swim! Your pup will have the opportunity to swim away the last days of summer before the Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center closes for the season. On the day of the Pooch Paddle, there will be two different time slots based on dog size. Ket your pupper splash to his heart's content at this amazing canine event!
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