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 30 years of service and thousands of success stories later, ARF continues to save lives and make friends.  


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


Mission Statement

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

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

Board of Directors

Board President
Paige Platten, Esq.

Vice President
Michelle Palmer

Jacob Poloha

Shelley Fleming, Esq.

Pat Brinks
Joseph Kohut
Warren Evans
Joan Montini

City Trustee
Laura Rizk

Joann Macias

Emily Erbs (past president)
Laura Lamb (past president)
Juleen Russell (past president)

Board Meeting Schedule

2018 Board Meeting Dates ARF

More About ARF

– 2015 Annual Report

– ARF Strategic Plan

– 2015 Form 990

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