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Animal Rescue Of Fresno

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy


4545 E DAKOTA AVEFRESNO, CA 93726 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of Animal Rescue of Fresno is to eliminate suffering and promote the welfare of dogs through direct action and education. ARF is committed to encouraging the humane treatment of all animals, reducing the number of homeless animals in Fresno County, promoting the benefits of the human/animal bond, and supporting spaying/neutering of all animals. ARF works towards achieving its mission by: Rescuing dogs from life threatening situations at animal shelters and elsewhere. Finding dogs permanent loving homes with qualified families. Assisting owners of dogs who can no longer keep them to find them new homes.


Animal Rescue of Fresno (ARF) was established in 1998 by a group of community members in Fresno, CA that wanted to do something about the high number of homeless dogs that were dying because no one gave them a chance to find their forever home.

ARF began its operations out of a small facility on Belmont Ave and Highway 99. ARF moved to its current location on Dakota Ave. in 2005. From its humble beginnings, ARF has grown quickly, so that more and more dogs each year can be rescued and adopted out to loving forever homes.

ARF is a private, non-profit, animal welfare organization with the goal of reducing the number of homeless dogs in Fresno County. We do not rescue cats, birds, or wild animals though we do work with a variety of different rescue groups to support the care of all animals.

How does ARF help animals?
ARF helps dogs a variety of programs, including adoption, owner assist placements, and the senior program. These programs help fulfill ARF's mission by reducing the number of homeless dogs and ensuring the humane treatment of animals.


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