ARL of Iowa rescues 46 cats/kitten – asks for donations


September 23rd, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Des Moines, Iowa) – The Animal Rescue League of Iowa reports its Mobile Rescue Team received a call to help a family struggling to provide for a large number of sick cats and kittens that had multiplied in their home. Officials say as the team entered the home, Wednesday, they were hit with ammonia so strong it burned their eyes and throats. Cats and kittens were everywhere, walking on a floor covered in feces. Even being in the home for a few minutes was difficult. Crews quickly began loading them into clean carriers to get them help as soon as possible.

The organizations’ “Miracle Medical Team” was waiting to triage as soon as they arrived back from the two-hour drive. The kittens were said top be in the most critical condition. Many were thin, with eyes so infected they’re matted shut and upper respiratory infections so bad they sneeze constantly. All the cats and kittens were crawling with fleas and ear mites – particularly dangerous for kittens so small.

Pictures via the ARL Facebook page

The ARL says “At a time when our animal numbers are already so high, we desperately need your help to provide critical medical treatments and ongoing care for these kittens and cats … and ensure we can always answer the next call for help whenever it may come.”

To help, go to, or give via Venmo @ARL-Iowa.