DES MOINES, Iowa- The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, near Des Moines has taken in more than 7,000 animals so far this year. Spokesman Tom Colvin tells WHO Radio News in August alone, they placed a record number, 1,081 animals in new homes. He says the numbers are the largest in the organization's 93-year history.
Colvin says the big numbers this year are due to a couple of large animal hoarding cases.
The ARL is hosting a "Name Your Price" adoption event this Friday-Sunday at all ARL locations in the Des Moines area.
“Our entire team had a role in making this happen, from those who help match pets with families and process adoptions, to transfer coordinators who find placements for pets without sacrificing our standards of care, to our Animal Control Services and Pet Help Center teams who help reunite pets with owners, to our TNR coordinator who works throughout Des Moines to help community cats, to our medical, behavior and care teams who work behind the scenes with all pets to get them ready for adoption,” said Tom Colvin, CEO for the ARL. “But, we could not have done any of this with the support from the community. Every animal adopted, hour volunteered, and dollar donated has allowed us to reach this life-saving record of over 1,000 pets saved in a single month.”