DES MOINES, Iowa (WOI) – A man had more than 300 dead and alive cats and kittens in his care in central. Now, they’re being cared for at the Animal Rescue League (ARL) in Des Moines.
The Animal Rescue League is going through several bags of cat and kitten food a day. And the community has been in and out of this animal shelter all day providing food, money, volunteering and some are even adopting. People around the community have donated bags of food and money; while some Iowans are taking home a furry friend.
Even though this community is pulling together to help out, the staff members at the ARL are busy keeping up with the overflow of animals.
That’s why Deb Hasenclever, a volunteer, says she helps out with the overwhelming amount of animals in their care.
“I love it when you can match people with pets. And it’s so exciting when you hear that they adopt, and they walk out with their pet. It’s so exciting,” said Hansenclever.
Mick McAuliffe, the director of the animal service says the ARL is seeing more volunteers and more donations with the growing issue of having a limited amount of resources.
“Yes, we see some bad things, and we can’t understand why people do the things they do. But, we see the support we get and that keeps us motivated,” says Mick, encouraging more people to volunteer. He also stated that they have an open volunteer policy and that people are welcome to donate their time when they can. “It’s going to take time. We just need all the support we can get, and we do appreciate every bit of it,” Mick says regarding the overflow of animals.
The ARL has been overwhelmed with the responsibility of taking care of these animals. They have 2,000 volunteers signed up; however, many of them are only working a couple of hours once a month. Staff says they are in need of more supplies for cats, such as food (for adult cats and kittens) and kitty litter. They are going through 22 bags of food a day for the cats alone.