Animal Rescue Fund, Inc. is a privately-funded, non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization incorporated in the State of Ohio in February 1980. We operate a no-kill shelter for homeless animals called “The Farm” on 17 acres in Amelia. Our operation has full and part time staff members and volunteers. The shelter provides for the health, safety, and happiness of all our animals.
- President – Peggy Lyle
- Secretary – Billie Wolf
- Treasurer – Julie Ottlinger
- Shelter Manager – Sharon Browning
Community Service Performed by Animal Rescue Fund
We play an active and important role in serving the community in several ways.
Rescue and Adoption Program – We receive numerous calls from residents and law enforcement reporting stray, abused, and/or neglected dogs, cats or other animals. We rescue these animals and provide them with food, care and shelter until their owners or loving forever homes are found. We also take animals from county shelters when they are scheduled to be euthanized or the shelters are full, and gives them a chance to find someone who will make them an important part of their family.
Community Assistance – Animal Rescue Fund helps with food and shelter and offers other assistance to underprivileged people in the community so they can keep their pets in their home and do not have to surrender them.
Spay/Neuter Program– We also identify disadvantaged individuals in Clermont and surrounding counties who are unable or unwilling to pay for the costs associated with sterilization of their pets and offer to help with veterinary care and transportation to get the animals spayed/neutered to prevent more homeless animals.
Feral Cat Program – Animal Rescue Fund also operates a catch-spay/neuter-release program for feral cats to help stop the rapidly growing problem of reproducing feral cats. For example, we helped with a cat hoarding situation where a farm had been overtaken by over 300 cats and kittens. Our staff nursed many of these kittens and cats back to good health, got them spayed or neutered, and found them loving homes.
Community Education – To help reduce the number of homeless animals, we participate in community outreach programs and events to educate the public about the homeless animal epidemic and the importance of spaying, neutering and vaccinating pets.
We Help All Kinds of Animals
We provide shelter, food and care for all kinds of homeless animals, including puppies, kittens, dogs, cats, ducks, deer, horses, chickens, and goats. Through our adoption program, we try to find safe, loving forever homes for the puppies, kittens, cats and dogs. We also provide a sanctuary for other animals, such as horses, goats and deer, to live out the rest of their lives in a safe and caring environment.
We request a relatively small donation fee for an adoption to cover the costs of the vaccinations, spaying/neutering and other medical costs for the animals and to help with the costs necessary to operate the shelter. We screen adopters and make every effort to place our animals in safe, responsible homes. Please contact the shelter at 513-753-9252 for information regarding adoption fees.
Policy on Euthanasia
We operate a no-kill shelter, meaning that we never euthanize an animal because of lack of space. Euthanasia is a last resort taken only in extreme cases of medical necessity or the very rare circumstance of a dog that is uncontrollably aggressive and dangerous to the community. In those cases, euthanasia is carefully considered and only done upon the recommendation and opinion by our outside, independent veterinarian that it is the most humane thing to do for the animal.