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Be an Animal Shelter Worker for a Day

animal care

Be an Animal Shelter Worker for a Day

Duration
4 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English
animal care

Be an Animal Shelter Worker for a Day

animal care

Be an Animal Shelter Worker for a Day

Duration
4 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

Be a shelter worker for a day! We can modify the schedule based on your needs, but here is an example itinerary: 7-8AM: Take the dogs out for a walk and get their first potty break for the day while the staff clean their kennels from any overnight messes. 8-9PM: Help feed the horses, pigs, chickens, and any other animal in our care at our Rescue Ranch 9-10AM: Cuddle with adorable kittens and help us pick out names. If available, you might even be able to help us bottle feed the littlest ones! 10-11AM: Time to hand out enrichment! Help stuff Kongs or make other enrichment items and hand them out to the dogs.

Your host

Learn more about Stephanie

Stephanie

I'm a Director at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa - our state's largest animal welfare organization, with anywhere from 1,000-1,800 animals in our care on any given day. I lead our team of staff and volunteers who create fun and meaningful animal experiences for people of all ages.

About the organization

Animal Rescue League of Iowa

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is the state's largest animal welfare organization & the only area shelter who never turns away an animal in need. We care for everything from dogs & cats to small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, & rats & barn animals like horses, chickens, goats, & pigs. We care for & rehabilitate each animal with the goal of permanent placement with their new family.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

What's included

Equipment
We will provide any animal handling equipment (leashes, collars, treats, etc.)

Where you'll be

The ARL's main campus is located just North of the the city of Des Moines and just South of the suburb of Ankeny. The campus features a main shelter for cats, dogs, and small animals with 2 indoor dog training rooms, an auditorium, grooming room, and medical suite. We also have 2 dog parks, a 2 story cat house, a barn, pasture, and indoor horse riding arena on this beautiful campus.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 16 and up can attend.

More tips

Guests will sign waivers before working with the animals and will be provided appropriate training and instructional to ensure everyone's safety - human and animal!

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

  • Local experts

    Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.

  • Small groups

    With intimate group sizes, you’ll never get lost in the crowd.

  • High standards

    Every experience is reviewed for unique access.

Stephanie
Be an Animal Shelter Worker for a Day
New experience
$15/person
New experience
$15/person