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Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) appreciates and acknowledges all the volunteers that support its programs and services.  Your contribution of time gives the gift of a second chance to animals, many with life threatening medical conditions or injuries. ARF depends on the generosity of our community and volunteers to help care for our animals. We do not receive government funding. We are an entirely volunteered based organization and no money is used for administrative salaries. We are 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your donations may be tax deductible. Please support ARF, you’ll be so glad you did. Ready to make a difference? Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator or complete on our online Volunteer Application. If you would prefer to download an application to complete,please choose PDF or Word and return it either email or snail mail:

ARF Illinois
PO Box 4423
Wheaton, Illinois 60189

Here are some ways you might be able to help the animals:

Volunteer Your Time

ARF appreciates any amount of time you can spare to help the animals. We have many opportunities where you can have direct impact.

Temporary Care

Provide Temporary Care for our animals by opening up your home. Since we have no facility, all of our animals are cared for in homes. You can provide foster care for cats, kittens, puppies or dogs. ARF provides all the supplies, all you need to provide is the TLC the animal needs until they find their forever home.   For more information, read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Transporting Animals

Many of our animals are rescued from area kill-shelters so in many cases we must make arrangements to meet the animals at certain drop-off points and then transport them to our veterinarian in Wheaton. It’s a very rewarding feeling knowing you are taking the animal to the place where it will find a loving home. Our animals also need assistance going to the veterinary appointments. You can assist by volunteering to pick them up at our PetSmart location or at a temporary care home and transporting them to our veterinarian in Wheaton. These are daytime transportations, typically between the hours of 12 pm and 5 pm.

Adoption Events

We always need help handling animals at our adoption events.  These are typically a 3 hour commitment on a Saturday and held in the Glen Ellyn / Wheaton area.  Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.