Our dedicated volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization

Over 300 volunteers generously devote their time to caring for ARF’s stray and abandoned animals. Daily care consists of feeding, walking and exercising, training and socializing animals to prepare them for adoption, cleaning and disinfecting cages and shelter facilities, working with adoptive families, and providing love and companionship.

Additionally, volunteers participate in community awareness programs and adoption events, fundraising events, and educational and social programs.

We are always in need of compassionate helpers! Here are some of the ways you can make a real difference in the lives of our animals.

Dog Companions

Volunteer Dog Companions donate their time and energy to care for our dogs at the shelter.  Dog Companion Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

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

During open hours, Dog Companions also work with prospective adopters, showing our dogs to their potential new families. Interested volunteers can also learn how to perform Adoptions, the last step in our animals’ successful journey to their forever loving home!

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

Weekdays: 9am – 11am, 3:30 pm – 8:00pm
Weekends: 9am – 11am, 1pm – 4pm & 6 – 7:30pm
For more information, contact arfinfomanagement@gmail.com

Feline Friends

Feline Friends donate their time and compassion to our cats at the shelter or at our off-site PETCO and Pet Valu locations.  Feline Friend Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

We’re looking for cat lovers who can commit to at least two hours a week, or every other week.  Your shift duties include making sure cages are clean, providing 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: 3:30 pm – 8:00pm
Weekends: 1pm – 4pm
For more information, contact arfinfomanagement@gmail.com

Off-Site Cat Companions

Berea ARF adopts cats and kittens through several retail partners in the area. Volunteers are needed on a twice-daily basis to clean the cages and provide socialization and exercise for the cats.

We currently feature cat adoptions a three retail partner locations:

Petco Westgate (Fairview Park)

Pet Valu – Berea

Pet Valu – North Olmsted

Volunteer hours at each location are XX am – XX, and XX-XX.  If you would like to be a part of the Remote Cat Care team, please contact us for more information. arfinfomanagement@gmail.com.

Fundraising and Events Committees

Berea ARF hosts numerous fundraising events throughout the year to help support our operations. The Fundraising Committee is a great way for people to make a real difference for the animals – and it’s also a lot of fun! Help is always needed in planning events, manning the ARF booth at community events, offering ideas for new revenue-generating opportunities, as well as publicity and support.

If you’re interested in learning more, contact arfdefelopmentdirector@gmail.com.

Recycling 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 Bagley Road 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! For more information, please contact
Corky Wilson, Recycling Volunteer Coordinator, grammacats@cox.net.