Berea Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) began in 1987 in one family’s garage in a southwestern suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. This grass roots movement was born when a small group of animal lovers recognized the desperate housing and healthcare needs of the homeless animals in the area. The ARF movement grew when the City of Berea provided us a small building, utility costs included. In return, ARF would always have a cage open for the city’s stray animals. Now, after more than 20 years of service and thousands of success stories later, ARF continues to save lives and make friends.  Learn about our most recent accomplishments in our 2015 Annual Report.

Mission Statement

Provide compassionate, quality care for companion animals in need with no time limit on placement into forever homes.

The State of Ohio Commendates ARF on 25 Years of Service to the Community

Vision Statement

We will strive to reduce the number of at-risk companion animals in our community through the efforts of our dedicated volunteers, committed staff members and supportive donors. We will seek to transition animals in our care to loving permanent homes.

We will preserve and enhance our position as the preeminent provider of programs and services to those seeking assistance with the well-being of their companion animals.


  • Compassion
  • Quality Care
  • Commitment to Those We Serve
  • Community Collaboration
  • Volunteerism
  • Financial Sustainability


Berea Animal Rescue Friends (ARF) is a 501 (c) 3non profit organization, and operates as a No Time Limit Shelter.