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All About AARF

AARF stands for Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation. We are a Richmond, Virginia, non-profit, all volunteer organization founded in May of 1993. We help hundreds of dogs each year to find loving homes.

Dogs come to us through a variety of situations. Some are found on highways or in neighborhoods, some are relinquished by their owners who can no longer care for them, but most of our dogs are strays. AARF tries to prevent these dogs from ending up homeless or in euthanizing shelters. It is our goal to provide a service of matching good loving dogs with people who want to provide a good loving home.

Until the time of adoption, the dogs stay in our foster homes or safehouses. We sometimes have to place dogs in a kennel because we have no available foster home. Our volunteers take a dog into their home and care for them until a permanent home is found. Medical expenses are taken care of by AARF. We also make a commitment to the health of the dogs by making sure that they are all up-to-date on their shots, receive any extra treatment needed and provide for the spaying or neutering of the dog. Our safehouse volunteers provide a vital service in our organization.

While the dogs are being safehoused, we search for new homes for them. The dogs are transported to Pet Stands:

People are able to come to the stands to view, interact, and hopefully, try to adopt an animal. The adoption process includes completing an application, an interview and an approval process. There is an $150.00 adoption fee to help cover some of our expenses and includes an office visit and the spay/neuter (if the animal is under 4-6 months.) All dogs are up-to-date on their vaccinations at the time of adoption. Dogs are heartworm negative and on heartworm preventions. Dogs over 6 months of age are spayed and neutered. AARF covers some of the costs of spay/neuter for dogs that are adopted out under 6 months if they are taken to one of our participating vets. We abide by Virginia State Law to ensure this procedure is complete and we follow up and every spay/neuter certificate.

We do make every effort to ensure that the dogs in our care are adopted to suitable and well matched homes. However, mismatches do occasionally occur. In these cases, AARF will take the dog back as soon as a foster home is available and readopt him/her into a better environment. We make a strong effort to provide each animal a caring and loving home. We also have a professional trainer who works with us and consults with people who adopt from AARF to ensure a happy environment for both the people and the dogs.


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