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Located west of Des Moines lies Urbandale, Iowa. While not a large city, Urbandale does have homeless animals in the area that are looking for new homes. Fortunately, there are rescues in the area that provide shelter, food, and medical care to these animals.

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is the largest non-profit animal shelter in the state. This animal welfare organization care for thousands of animals each year and does so with the help of donations from the public. While the main focus of the group is to help homeless pets get adopted, the organization also provides humane education and pet behavior training to the public. Low-cost spay and neuter services are also provided to those in need. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa also helps with animal cruelty intervention.

Furry Friends Refuge is a non-profit humane organization that helps homeless animals in the West Des Moines, Urbandale, Clive, and Windsor Heights areas of Iowa. Furry Friends Refuge sets itself apart from other shelters in the area by becoming the first no-kill shelter in the Des Moines metro area. With two adoption centers, Furry Friends Refuge is able to help a large number of animals in the area.

For animal lovers looking for a new pet, consider a visit to one of these shelters to find your new best friend. Volunteers are always needed at local shelters, so if you aren’t ready for a pet but want to spend time with some animals, consider becoming a volunteer.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Urbandale

  • Admission $25.00
    Month May
    Duration 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

    #1 Pedal for Paws


    Strap on your helmet and prepare for your dog for the bike ride of your lives with the Pedal for Paws event in Des Moines, Iowa. On a day in May, hit the streets with other dog lovers to raise money for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa!

    Check-in begins at 9 am and the rides start at 10. You can choose to participate in either the 9.8- or 26.2-mile ride.

    During registration, enjoy a beer or Bloody Mary. If you are participating in the longer ride, there are six stops, and each stop will last about an hour to give you time to enjoy a drink and maybe even a snack!

    Registration fees start at $25 per biker with early registration. Late registration fees are $30 per biker.

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  • Admission $8.00
    Month October
    Duration Two Day Event

    #2 The Great Iowa Pet Expo


    Get ready for a two-day event for you and your dog at the Great Iowa Pet Expo this October! The Great Iowa Pet Expo takes place at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines And lasts for two whole days!

    During the event, you and your dog can participate in contests, watch fun demonstrations, and have a caricature drawing done. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, and there will be health clinics and training opportunities at the event.

    Admission is $8 per adult and $4 per child between the ages of 6 and 12. Dogs get in for free.

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  • Admission $22.00
    Month September
    Duration 7:00 am Onward

    #3 Iowa Dog Jog


    Are you ready to get some exercise while spending a day with your dog? At the Iowa Dog Jog event each September, you can do just that! Head over to Terra Park in Johnston for a 4k or 2k walk/run. After the run, stick around for the after party for all kinds of fun!

    Registration is $12 per human when purchased early. Prices increase the closer it gets to the event date. Dogs are $10 each. Registration includes a race bib, race medal, and post-race food for people. Dogs will receive a leash bib, race medal, post-race treats, and a dog waste bag. Sign up for the pup-graded tickets to receive additional goodies!

    Proceeds from this event help care for the animals at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

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  • Admission $12.00
    Month February
    Duration 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    #4 Hoops & Hounds


    Spend an evening watching the Iowa Wolves take on the Oklahoma City Blue with your dog at the Wells Fargo Arena. In February, your dog can join you for a basketball game and you won’t want to miss the chance to experience this!

    All tickets for dogs must be purchased in advance. Discounted tickets for this game are available through the Animal Rescue League of Iowa for just $12. The proceeds from these tickets go to helping the Animal Rescue League of Iowa help more animals at its shelter.

    All dogs coming to the game must be older than 6 months and remained leashed throughout the game. No dogs in heat will be allowed in, and you need to bring proof that your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations to get into the stadium.

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  • Admission $10.00
    Month April
    Duration 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    #5 Furry Friends Refuge Chili Cookoff


    Bring your dog out to the Furry Friends Refuge Chili Cookout each April to support a great cause while enjoying a day of socialization, great food, and beer. Proceeds from this event go directly toward helping the animals at Furry Friends Refuge!

    For just $10, you can enjoy unlimited samples of chilli and beer. Once you have sampled the chilis, vote for your favorite by placing a donation in that chilli’s jar. The top four earners will receive prizes! All donations go to Furry Friends.

    During the event, place your bids on great items in the silent auction, which includes MLB tickets, a spa basket, and more. There will also be raffle prizes.

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