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7 Local Animal Rescue Organizations to Participate in 2013 ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon

Posted October 14, 2013 in Web Exclusives

(October 14, 2013) Des Moines, IA — The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. (ARL), Animal Lifeline, Inc., Clarke County Animal Shelter, Humane Society of Perry, Jasper County Animal Rescue League & Humane Society, 2nd Chance Dog Rescue and Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter announced today that they are, collectively, one of 38 animal rescue organization groups receiving grant funding to participate in the 2013 ASPCA ‘Mega Match-a-thon’ event, which will take place in mid-October. The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is granting nearly $278,000 to support large-scale adoption events held simultaneously nationwide in an effort to save more lives of shelter animals.

The ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon is a great motivator for our staff and for the members of our community to help the many wonderful cats and dogs in our shelter find loving homes,” said Tom Colvin, Executive Director of the ARL, “Working together with these 6 other rescue organizations, we can save hundreds of animals and enrich the lives of new adopting families.”

The Mega Match-a-thon will take place on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds (inside the 4H Building) during the Great Iowa Pet Expo. These 7 shelters will have adoptable dogs and cats on-site from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm or until all of the available pets are adopted! Each shelter will have special reduced adoption fees for the Mega Match-a-thon, and potential adopters are encouraged to stop out and visit with the pets during the event.

More details can be found via the ARL Facebook page,, on the days leading up to the event. You can also view the adoptable pets and learn more about each participating shelter via the websites below.

Animal Rescue League of Iowa –

Animal Lifeline of Iowa –

Clarke County Animal Shelter –

Humane Society of Perry –

Jasper County Animal Rescue League & Humane Society –

2nd Chance Dog Rescue –

Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter –

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