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Animal Rescue Foundation Charity Profile
ARF Mission: Rescuing abandoned, lost, and abused canines and felines unable to provide for themselves in Mobile and the surrounding area (Compassion); removing them from the streets where they are often threatened by starvation, disease, weather, urban dangers and ultimately, a horrible death (Safety); providing non-lethal solutions to break the cycle of reproduction, and therefore ensuring better management, health care and quality-of-life expectancy of these animals (Control).
Animal Rescue Foundation Volunteer Information
Volunteer OpportunitiesThere are many ways you can help ARF help area cats and dogs.
Perhaps the single most important contribution you can make begins with compassion, time and skill.
ARFanage Shift Duties & Care Visits
We currently house a limited number of rescues that are ready for adoption, and offer a variety of volunteer opportunities, from early morning to late evening! No matter what your availability, we are sure to have openings to suit your schedule, as well as ours – whether you can give 1 or 2 hours per week or 5 hours each month. Below is a brief description of volunteer activities and time frames for volunteering – times are approximate and the ARFanage welcomes you no matter how much time you have!
Early Morning Activities (typically from 8 to 10 AM):
Our fur-babies are waking up and ready to “go outside,” if you get our drift! We have a privacy-fenced yard, but always supervise outside – making sure the dogs remain friendly with each other and also monitor them for signs of sickness or distress. If early mornings are your time of day, some of your activities might include:
Taking dogs to yard for supervised exercise and play.
Pooper-scooper duty; we have a limited grassy area the dogs just love to “fertilize.” Because this area is so small, we want to remove “solids” during every outing.
Cleaning the kennels while the dogs are outside and providing fresh bedding.
Providing fresh food and water for each kennel.
Our Cat Play Room is also home to a limited number of cats and kittens awaiting their fur-ever homes. Cat-friendly volunteers are needed to:
Clean and refresh litter boxes. Our Cathouse is “cage-less,” so there are no cages to maintain.
Provide fresh food and water for.
Clean-up any spills or hairballs or other yuckies that might be found in the room and freshen-up bedding.
Play and interact with these lovable rescues.
Mid-Day Volunteer Activities (between 10 AM & 2 PM)
It’s heavy-duty play for the dogs, while the cats prefer napping. Because the dogs spend all night in their kennels, we’d like them to have as much sunlight time as possible. We’re also renovating for an inside “dog lounge” for those times when a little T.V. and on-the-couch snuggling are the only activities that will do!
Check empty kennels making sure there’s an adequate supply of water, all accidents are removed and that bedding is fresh and sanitary.
Remove any “solids” from the grassy area outside.
Make sure spills are cleaned up, and that there is an adequate supply of fresh food and water.
Play, play, play with these cats. They will graciously allow you to interrupt their naps!
Or, have a seat and simply allow a warm kitten to crawl into your lap for a nap. There’s no better stress reliever than watching a purring kitten sleep!
Afternoon Volunteer Activities (between 2 & 5 PM)
Schedule is similar to mid-morning activities! In other words, play and exercise the dogs, re-checking the kennels to keep them clean and cozy!
For the cats, more play and interaction (or “lap” nap) time! And re-checking that their room is clean and cozy, too!
Late Afternoon/Early Evening Volunteer Activities (between 5 & 8 PM)
Last call for outside fun – playing fetch, chase, or tug-of-war for the dogs! And of course, taking care of those final “relief” opportunities before settling in for the night. In addition:
This shift provides “dinner,” so set the mood with your choice of radio music to accompany mealtime – will it be classical or classic rock with your Purina One tonight?
Make final rounds once all the dogs have gone down for the night. Please make sure all kennel doors are secured.
And for the kitties – again, make sure litter boxes are cleaned, and that fresh food and water area available. Finally, provide those nocturnal loving strokes and ear scratches to help the kitties settle down for peaceful purring slumber. The paragraphs highlighted in RED are the hardest shifts to fill, so if you have an hour or two each week (or more) that you can spare, please consider committing on a regular basis! We guarantee if you volunteer at the ARFanage once, you’ll come back again and again! Where else will you find such unconditional love, wonderfully sloppy kisses, and don’t forget those kitty lap warmers!