We offer unique and community focused programs
Berea ARF maintains a number of ongoing programs that increase our impact in the lives of animals and the families within the communities we serve. These programs are volunteer-led, and we believe set us apart from other shelters through their capacity to meet the needs of those we serve.
ARF maintains an innovative Foster Care Program with several area correctional institutions, which benefits both the handlers and the animals in very profound ways. Offenders are specially selected to participate in this accredited work program, and receive ongoing training from ARF that enables them to provide care, socialization, and behavior training to dogs and cats. The animals thrive with this one-on-one attention and benefit from focused training and socialization with people and other animals, and the offenders develop a sense of pride by being a part of this important program.
Established in May 2011, the Prison Foster Program provides us with consistent, trusted foster care for many more animals than we could care for within our physical shelter, and affords us the opportunity to accept short-term foster pets arriving through our Under the Wing Program.
Periodically, animals arrive at the rescue with extreme injury, trauma or immediate healthcare requirements. Without care, these animals would either die or be sentenced to a life of pain and suffering. These medical issues have included long-term illnesses like heartworm and diabetes, and immediate care issues resulting from car accidents, animal attacks and abuse, which have required surgery and limb amputations.
As a no-time-limit shelter, we are dedicated to providing these animals with the medical and emotional care they need to return them to health and prepare them for adoption into a forever home. We established the Angels for Animals Program in 2006 to provide funding to cover such emergency medical expenses. The fund allows us to finance the emergency and special medical and healthcare needs of animals that arrive to us requiring special medical attention of $300 or more, without interrupting daily shelter operations. It also allows us to respond effectively to animal abuse and neglect cases.
ARF is dedicated to helping people and animals stay together, especially through difficult times. The Under the Wing Program provides emergency foster care for companion animals of individuals who are temporarily unable to care for them due to illness, domestic violence, foreclosure, or other dire situations.
We provide our emergency foster care service for up to 90 days with extensions available in special circumstances. Families are given regular updates on how their companions are doing by our volunteer program coordinators. We have successfully helped hundreds of families in dire situations by caring for their pets until they are able to bring them back to their homes.
This program attempts to place our senior animals with senior citizens in their homes, including assisted living facilities. Special discounted adoption fees are applied when these special matches are identified. The program stipulates that, should the animal outlive its owner, the shelter will take the animal back and seek another adoptive home for it.