Animal Lifeline of Iowa - About Us

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Facts about ALI

  • Founded in 1987 Incorporated in 1989 as a 501(c) 3 Charitable organization
  • A special needs no-kill animal shelter
  • Much of the work is done by our caring volunteers
  • We receive no government assistance
  • All donations go directly to care for and help animals in need
  • Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors
  • Most Recent Federal 990 Tax Return

Board of Directors

Christ Naumann President    
John Van Horn VicePresident    
Leslie Berckes Secretary    
Lynne Koranda Treasurer    
Nicole Smith Director    
Riley O'Conner Director    


ALI is a "No kill" shelter

ALI does not kill animals simply because they have not been adopted within a certain length of time. We keep the animals until we are able to find homes for them. It doesn't matter if it is two days or over the years. At our shelter, we try to provide as home like an environment as possible, until they find their forever home.

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ALI's Priorities and the type of animals we accept

  • Priority is given to animals that are un-owned and...
  • Handicapped
  • Injured
  • Abused
  • Serious Medical Condition
  • Pregnant
  • Nursing, or
  • Orphaned needing bottle feeding
  • As animals are placed and adopted into homes, we are able to assist more.
  • 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 we have space available. We DO NOT maintain a waiting list for animals that may qualify to come to our shelter.

ALI's Veterinarian Care

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

  • Vaccinations and rabies
  • General Health Assessment
  • Heartworm checks - for dogs
  • Preventatives
  • Leukemia & FIV checks for cats
  • De - wormed
  • Any medical care necessary to maintain their health
  • Microchip implant
  • All are spayed or neutered before being placed in home.

ALI's Other Services

  • Referral to other shelters and rescue groups.
  • Assistance to pet owners in locating new homes for their pets
  • Pet over-population education
  • Pet Care education
  • Pet Food Pantry - In cooperation with The Pet Project Midwest - provides pet food to senior, low, & fixed income pet owners
  • When we have space available, temporary housing and care for pets belonging to:
  •   Domestic abuse victims
    Displaced persons

ALI's Newsletter

To recieve a copy of our current newsletter, please email, fax or phone us with your mailing address.

ALI's Location

4521 SE 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa (Located between McKinley and Watrous on the east side of the road.)


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