Please join Us at One of Our Upcoming Volunteer Orientations and Learn About Team ARF:

Sunday, September 27, 2015 / 2pm
Strongsville Library / 18700 Westwood Dr., Strongsville, OH  44136 [Map It]

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 / 7pm
Berea Library: 7 Berea Commons, Berea, OH 44017 [Map It]

Provide a loving home to an animal that maybe pregnant, is too young or sick to be adopted immediately and allow them the opportunity to become strong and healthy and then be available for adoption.

All fostering is temporary.  Supplies, instructions and vet care are provided.  Fostering can be as little as a few days to a few weeks.

Interested in becoming a Foster parent, please email us today and find out more!

Cat Foster Committee:

Dog Foster Committee:

Apply here

Volunteer Dog Companions donate their time & energy with our dogs at the shelter.  Dog Companion Volunteers MUST be 18 years of age or older.

We’re looking for dog lovers that can commit at least 2 – 3 hours a week or every other.  Your shift duties include taking dogs for walks, cleaning up after them and giving everyone plenty of TLC!  Volunteers also need to help with laundry (dog bedding & toys) and general clean-up of the Dog House.  Plus, making sure that cages are clean with fresh water.  When possible, special attention is given to the dogs by sitting with them, brushing them or enjoying extra play time in the back pens.

HELP is needed 7 days a week / 365 days a year!

Weekdays: 9am – 11am, 2pm – 4pm & 6:30pm-8:30pm
Weekends: 9am – 11am, 1pm – 4pm & 6 – 7:30pm
For more information, contact arfinfomanagement@gmail.com

Volunteer Feline Friends donate their time & energy with our cats at the shelter or at our off site PETCO locations.  Feline Friend Volunteers MUST be 18 years of age or older.

We’re looking for cat lovers that can commit to at least two hours a week or every other week.  Your shift duties include making sure cages are clean with fresh food and water, helping with laundry (cat bedding and toys), grooming, general clean-up of the Cat House and helping to socialize shy and timid cats.  You will also assist in cat adoptions.

HELP is needed 7 days a week / 365 days a year!
Weekdays: 2pm – 4pm & 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Weekends: 1pm – 4pm
For more information, contact arfinfomanagement@gmail.com

Help Our PETCO Cats by Volunteering!

If you love cats and would like to volunteer, but feel Berea is too far away or would like to help with a fewer number of cats, then why not consider volunteering to help care for the five or so cats we have up for adoption at the Strongsville or Westgate PETCO stores?

We are looking to expand our base of volunteers for our offsite locations at PETCO.
The stores are located at:

Westgate Shopping Mall:
at the intersection of Center Ridge Road and West 210th Street in Fairview Park.

Strongsville, near the Southpark Mall:
16710 Royalton Road, at the intersection of Howe Rd.

We typically have volunteers visiting a store twice a day, either once in the morning or once in the early evening to clean cages, and make sure our cats and kittens have food and water.  Volunteers also let the animals out to romp around and stretch their legs during a visit.  A typical visit lasts about an hour.  Usually people will stop and visit with the cats and kittens while they are out and you can share stories about the animals and the shelter and answer questions too.

We have placed well over 981 cats and kittens into loving homes since we started placing cats through our off site PETCO adoption centers in 2007!

This volunteer assignment is really a fun job, you get to meet many nice people that come into the stores, the store staffs are fabulous and it’s just a nice, fun place to be.  We hope to hear from you!

We have many shifts available, on a weekly, bi-weekly or even once a month basis.  If you or someone you know might be interested in joining our PETCO team, please contact Carl Swanson at 440-539-8380 or swansoncarl@sbcglobal.net.

This sewing circle was created by a small group of volunteers to make blankets for cages. Tasks include machine sewing, obtaining and cutting fabric, assembly, trimming, finishing and marking.

For more information, contact Jane Bennett  arftreasurer@gmail.com

Aluminum Cans
ARF collects aluminum cans in an ongoing recycling program.  Our collection bins are located at the shelter (East side of the brick building) and taken weekly to Berea Metals & Recycling.  We’re not only looking for aluminum can donations but also volunteers to help transport them to our local recycling center.  Your efforts help raise $7,000 – $8,000 annually!

Cell Phone / Ink Cartridges
ARF can recycle your old ink cartridges and cell phones.  Please either drop them off at the shelter or the Berea Post Office.  Quick note, we can’t accept Epson inkjet cartridges, as they have no print head.

For more information, please contact:
Corky Wilson, Recycling Volunteer Coordinator