About

How AARF is Different

AARF is a highly recognized animal rescue in the greater Winston-Salem area that provides foster care, medical services, and adoption to homeless, abandoned, surrendered, and sick animals so they can have a new lease on life. We are a no-kill, non-profit charitable 501(c)3 organization.

Through adoption, spay/neuter, high quality animal care professionals, community outreach and education, AARF helps to improve the health of our pet community that in turn improves the health of our entire community.

AARF is unique in that it will accept difficult to adopt cats and dogs. AARF often provides medical services and training to challenging animals unable to find other services.

However, there are times when AARF is unable to accept an animal into the program. Not because we don’t want to, but because we are often at full capacity and AARF simply may not have room or a foster family available.   

 

Our Mission

AARF is a nonprofit organization serving the Winston-Salem area dedicated to finding loving homes for dogs and cats through rescue, foster care, veterinary services, adoption and education.

Our Vision

We envision all cats and dogs living in safe, secure and permanent homes where they will find respect and love.  

 
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Our History

In 1995, AARF was started by a small group of people wanting to make a difference in the lives of homeless cats and dogs. That same year, sanctioned by the state, they were granted non-profit status with by-laws and a Board of Directors. Through fundraisers, adoption fees and dedicated volunteers, in 2004 AARF found its home at 311 Harvey Street in Winston-Salem. In 2006, they hired a part time director, established regular office hours and expanded adoption fairs. In 2017, the Board of Directors went from four to twelve members who wrote new and comprehensive by-laws. With an operating budget of over $180,000, AARF was able to find homes for 1,000 cats and dogs in 2017. In 2018, AARF began a search for a new facility.

“Animals look to us for everything from food to safety to love. There are so many in dire need. There is no better feeling than working with a team of people like AARF committed to looking back at them and saying ‘We got you.’ ”

— Kerri S.

 

Why We Rescue

Times have changed. Some of us remember when having a pet was simple. Feed them, let them out, play with them, and make an occasional visit to the vet. We weren’t concerned with how much exercise they got, their special diets, or how long they were left alone. In recent years behavioral research has made an enormous contribution to our understanding of animals. We now have an in-depth profile of the animal’s behavior, the dynamics of human-animal interaction, and the special nature of the interspecies bond that has profoundly changed the way people think about and treat animals. This research has paved the way for a more respectful attitude and a deeper relationship with our four-legged friends. Today, pets are considered companions. Cats and dogs have a special place in our lives and in our hearts. Whenever we encounter a lost, abandoned, neglected, or abused cat or dog, we feel it is our civic and humane duty to RESCUE and SAVE that animal. We recognize they are intelligent, sensitive beings that deserve a long, happy life. We make that possible every time we rescue a cat or dog. Knowing that they will be healthy and loved in a permanent home is the best reward.

Board of Directors

MITCH SPINDEL, PRESIDENT

Carol maurin, VICE-PRESIDENT, fundraising chair

JEFF MCFADDEN, TREASURER

MOLLY LEIGHT, SECRETARY

MAUREEN LUTZ, POLICIES, PROCEDURES & FACILITY, NOMINATING COMMITTEE

LISA HAMMON, NOMINATING COMMITTEE

DEBBIE PRENDERGAST

DIANE SMITH, POLICIES, PROCEDURES & FACILITY

TREVA THIGPEN, NOMINATING COMMITTEE

JOAN WARD

EDY HURDLE, FUNDRAISING

 
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Our Partners

 

Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital

3515 Lawrence St, Clemmons, NC 27012
(336) 778-2738
 

Abri Veterinary Hospital  

1449 Trade Mart Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27127
(336) 785-9228
 

Animal Health and Wellness

1055 Bethania-Rural Hall Rd, Rural Hall, NC 27045
(336) 969-0232
 

CLEMMONS VETERINARY CLINIC

6373 Cephis Dr, Clemmons, NC 27012
(336) 766-8511

Forsyth Veterinary Hospital

2556 S Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
(336) 765-1225

Hillsdale Animal Hospital

134 Medical Dr,  Advance, NC 27006
(336) 281-3344
 

Midway Animal Clinic

11336 Old U.S. Hwy 52, Winston-Salem, NC 27107
(336) 764-5000
 

Reynolda Veterinary Hospital

2600 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
(336) 725-9111
 

Animal Ark of Brassfield

3205 Brassfield Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410
(336) 282-1800

Sheets Pet Clinic

809 Chimney Rock Ct, Greensboro, NC 27409
(336) 852-8488

 
Protect your pet. ShelterCare Pet Insurance Programs

Trainers

 

Winston-Salem Dog Training Club

3800 Bethania Station Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
(336) 924-4211

Groomers

 

Country Club Groomers (Brenda Isselhardt)

4854 Country Club Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27104
(336) 659-7651

Photographers

 

Martha Wilson (cats)

(336) 918-7704

Carol Maurin Photography (dogs)

Email
(336) 448-1012