Event Details
Sunday, September 19 
ARL Main; 5452 NE 22nd St.


Take a stroll on the Vaughn Hiaring walking path - the ARL has recently installed a half-mile walking path around the facilities that passes around our on-site dog park, along the barn pets in our care at the Second Chance Ranch, through our nature filled seating areas, and finishing at the front of the building. 

Adoption Lobby - take advantage of your time at ARL Main and take a look at the great pets we have available for adoption. The adoption lobby opens at 10 am and we'll have dog valet avialable for anyone who brings their own pet. 

LIVE Music - Andrew Hoyt was born and raised in Des Moines.  Come and enjoy a variety of music and some unique sounds from his ukulele!  

Yappy Hour - enjoy a cold beverage and let your pup run with their pals at Bailey's Bark Park. Once inside, you can enjoy the large dog side, or small dog side. Dog Bucks can be used to purchase beverages, but we also accept cash or credit card. 

Petcasso - let your dog express their creative freedom by painting their own master piece

Poorly Drawn Pet Station - bring a picture of your pup and receive a masterpiece. The catch? It may not be the masterpiece you are expecting.  The luck of the draw is half the fun!

Puff N Fluff Dog Wash - let us freshen up your pooch for you with a bath

Dog Contest - includes a pie eating, best dog costume and best human/dog costume. We will be bringing in celebrity judges Jason Sydejko (KCCI), Jackie Schmillen (We Are Iowa Local 5- WOI), and Jannay Towne (WHO 13) to determine who's the best in show!  Our emcee is the very talented Emery Songer, lover of animals and on-air talent and producer at iHeartRadio.  Need to sign up by 10:15 am

Beat the Guesser - where our team will try to guess your dogs age or weight and if we're wrong, you earn a prize! 

DIY Tie-Dye Bandanas - tie-dye a bandana for your dog to wear around town! This is a free event hosted by Pet Supplies Plus Altoona

Photo Booth - Smiling Dog Entertainment will be bringing their photo booth so you can snap a pic with your best four-legged friend. You'll even get a free photo strip to take home!

Cookie Decorating - join ChaCha's Confections at their booth for some delicious cookies that you can decorate yourself!

Pet Caricatures - Pet caricature drawings will be available on site at the Sudden Art booth! Bring your pet or a photo of your pet and have one done while you're enjoying Iowa Dog Jog

Pet First Aid demonstration - check out BZ Pet Company's booth where they'll be doing demonstrations on pet first aid and other important things to know when caring for your pet

Vendor Booths - participating vendors will be hosting activities like bobbing for hot dogs, offering free swag and other dog centric retail items! Stay tuned for a list of vendors! 



 Smiling Dog Entertainment

ChaCha's Confections

BZ Pet Company

Coffee Cats

Tail Wagging Collars

Pet Supplies Plus Altoona

Sudden Art

Optimum Chiropractic

 Camp Bow Wow

Stylin' Paws Urbandale

State Farm - Reyna Immerfall 

 KDSM Fox 17

Grinnell State Bank 

ARL TheraPets

ARL Volunteer & Foster Booth

ARL Animal House Retail Booth 



Iowa Weimeraner Rescue



Just because this is a dog jog doesn’t mean our cat lovers can’t participate! We will have an entire area dedicated for a “cat protest” where cat parents and enthusiasts can celebrate their love of all things feline. The cat protest area will feature a fun and relaxing session of Cats N Mats kitten yoga and a lounge area where Cat Protest ticket purchasers can partake in meow-mosas and snacks!  

Registration for the Cat Protest includes one hour of Cats N Mats yoga in the ARL Auditorium, a FREE meow-mosa, access to the Vendor Village, and access to the "protest" area with snacks, a cash bar, and the outdoor lounge seating area. Protesters also get a "Cats Rule, dogs drool" picket - all in good fun!

Dogs are not allowed in the auditorium. If you are planning on bringing your dog to Iowa Dog Jog, but would still like to participate in Cats N Mats, please arrange for another registrant to hold on to your dog during this activity. We encourage them to explore and see all of the other activities we have around the facility!


Instead of fumbling around for cash, or going through the steps of running a card, simply pay with Dog Bucks. Dog Bucks represent cash dollar-for-dollar and come in five dollar increments. Please note there are no ATM's on site. Please note we cannot make change for Dog Bucks. 


Dog Valet is a group of volunteers who can lend an extra hand by monitoring your dog while you are taking care of business, looking for your newest family member, or spending time with kittens! Dog valet will be available at restrooms, outside the adoption center for participants interested in adopting, and limited dog valet will be available for Cat Protestors during Cats N Mats Yoga.


We welcome friendly dogs of all sizes and breeds and their responsible owners. For the safety of your dog and others, female dogs should not be in heat and please check with your veterinarian to make sure your dog is up to date on all of its vaccinations.

  • Dogs must be leashed and under control of their owner at all times.
  • No retractable leashes, choke chains, or prong collars are allowed.
  • The walking path at the ARL is made from mulch.


Event parking will be located at the parking lot in front of The Rasmussen Group building (5550 NE 22nd St, Des Moines, IA 50313). Once you have parked, please follow the arrows to the ARL building. Parking on the road shoulder is not permitted.


Formerally known as packet pickup, Doggie Bag pickup is on: 

 Friday, September 17 

from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm inside the Auditorium 

(north side of the main campus across from the dog park; blue siding)


Sunday, September 19

starting at 9 am at the Registration Booth 



 9:00 AM - Party opens & checkin begins

9:30 AM - Cat Protest begins

10:00 AM - Pet First Aid Kit Demonstration by BZ Pet Company

10:30 AM - Announcements & dog contests 

11:00 AM - Yappy Hour in Bailey's Bark Park  




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