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

- July 12, Thursday, 7:00 PM at the North Olmsted Library, 27403 Lorain Rd, North Olmsted, OH 44070 [Map It]
- August 20, Monday, 7:00 PM at the Strongsville Library, 18700 Westwood Dr, Strongsville, OH 44136 [Map It]

Provide a loving home to an animal that may be 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.

Once potential foster candidates have completed a foster application, our foster coordinators will set up a personalized training session and an in-home visit. Fosters provide care for the animals and transportation to and from appointments as needed, such as healthcare checks, adoption events, etc.

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 & PetValu Cats by Volunteering!

If you would like to volunteer, why not consider helping care for the five or so cats we have up for adoption at each of our Off-Site Adoption Centers? You’ll be making a BIG difference in the lives of many cats – as we have placed well over 1,000 cats and kittens into loving homes since we started placing cats through our off site adoption centers in 2007!

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 many shifts available, on a weekly, bi-weekly or even once a month basis. This volunteer assignment is really a fun job, you get to meet many nice people that come into the store, the store staff is fabulous and it’s just a nice, fun place to be.

We are looking to expand our base of volunteers for our offsite locations – we hope to hear from you!

  • Petco at Westgate Shopping Center at the intersection of Center Ridge Road and West 210th Street at 20980 Westgate Mall, Fairview Park, OH 44126. 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
  • PetValu in the West Valley Plaza near Marc’s at 449 W. Bagley Rd., Berea, OH 44017. If you or someone you know might be interested in joining our Pet Valu team, please contact Pat Brinks at 440-223-1275 or arfcats@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