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The Animal Rescue League Hosts a Weekend of Humane Education

Posted September 17, 2012 in Web Exclusives

September 17, 2012 (DES MOINES, Iowa)The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. (ARL) will host the fourth annual Iowans For Animal Welfare conference, presented by the Iowa Federation of Humane Societies.

The conference will be held Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the ARL’s main shelter at 5452 NE 22nd Street, Des Moines, Iowa. It will include presenters from the ARL, ASPCA, the Animal Farm Foundation, as well as multiple shelters and humane societies across the state of Iowa.  Registration is $40 and is open to the public.

Throughout the conference, humane societies and shelter staff from all over Iowa will be educated on how to better implement community outreach initiatives, how to use social media beneficially and the best practices on interacting with human clients while promoting adoptions.

The weekend will be wrapped up with the Center for Shelter Dogs’ regional Finding the Right Homes: Keys to Successful Adoptions workshop, designed to educate shelters and humane organizations on how to better understand, care for and re-home animals by assessing their individual needs.

The workshop will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at the ARL’s main shelter. Tickets are $35, or $25 for those participating in the Iowa Federation of Humane Societies conference. Presenters include Mick McAuliffe, Operations and Pet Behavior Manager at the ARL and co-author of For Love of Cats and For Love of Dogs, Carol Griglione, Cat Behavior Counselor at the ARL and co-author of For Love of Cats and Laney Nee, Behavior Programs Supervisor at the Center for Shelter Dogs.

Through lectures and hands-on training, attendees will learn best practices on how to evaluate their shelter pets, provide enrichment, and implement training solutions for some of the most common problem behaviors.

For more information or to register for these events, please visit

About Animal Rescue League of Iowa
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is a nonprofit organization founded in 1926. The ARL is the state’s largest animal shelter, serving over 18,000 animals each year from all corners of the state. The ARL is the greater Des Moines area’s only shelter that never turns away an animal in need.

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