May 17, 2013 (Des Moines, Iowa) – The rescued horses at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. (ARL) are a little bit fuller thanks to a high school freshman. Carter Forrest, a 15 year old at West Des Moines Valley High School and ARL volunteer posed a simple question, “What happens to the bruised apples?” that spurred a donation program with Dahl’s Foods on 50th Street in West Des Moines. The response she received gave her an idea. “Why throw away the apples just because they aren’t good enough to sell? The horses at the ARL don’t mind a few bruises on their apples, and apples are a great treat for them!” says Carter.
Carter started this project by talking with Dahl’s Produce Manager, Mike Brichetto. She created a proposal, asking the store to consider donating the apples to the ARL if she would coordinate the pick-up and delivery. Now in its second year, the horses at the ARL get a special treat every month as Carter delivers the bruised apples through this donation program.
“The horses are here because they’ve been abused or neglected in their previous homes. Carter and Dahl’s donation is a special treat for these horses as they recuperate and await their forever homes here at the ARL,” says Judy Hand, ARL Rescue Ranch Coordinator.
Currently, there are 14 horses available for adoption at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. For more information on them, or to learn more about the adoption process, contact Judy Hand at (515) 473-9112 or visit ARL-Iowa.org.
About The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. (ARL) 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. ARL-Iowa.org