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Record Breaking Summer for the ARL

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Addie Olson


The Animal Rescue League of Iowa found homes for a record number of animals this summer. They also broke another record: They dealt with more overcrowding than they've ever seen before.

More than 2,000 ARL pets either found new homes or were reunited with their owners this summer.

Rescue League staff said as soon as those pets head home, it seems like even more head in their doors.

"We still get animals brought to us every single day," said ARL Iowa spokesperson Stephanie Filer. "In the dozens, all the way up to almost a hundred sometimes in the summer."

The summer always poses the busiest few months. This June they hit a record high of 1,200 animals in their care. That's nearly double a normal number, and recently, they haven't had a break.

"Years past we've gone from busy summer to slow season," Filer said. "We haven't really seen that in the past few years."

The ARL offers off–site adoption events and reduced pricing in the hopes of finding those animals homes.

Those programs can only do so much.

"We still have a lot of animals in our care," Filer said. "Nine hundred - almost 1,000 animals right now."

Some of those animals live in tanks and not cages. Regardless, they're all looking for a place to call home.

"Just when we think we're doing really well and we had a really great weekend – we get really excited and then the very next day we have a lot of animals surrendered and we're full again," Filer said.

That record number of lives saved has the ARL Iowa in sixth place right now in a nationwide animal adoption competition.

The winning shelter receives $100,000.

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