Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) of Bartlesville was started by two individuals who were rescuing abandoned animals in our community. They wanted to make a difference in the lives of animals by taking care of them until new homes could be found. Others soon wanted to help and our membership has grown!
ARF has a dream of building a rescue/adoption sanctuary for abandoned animals. Those who are never adopted can live out a happy life with others of their own kind with food, water, shelter and love. This dream will become reality, as we have purchased 18 acres east of Bartlesville for our sanctuary. Now we are working on fundraising donations to finish construction. How quickly this happens will be determined by the support of our communityin the form of donations and our ability to raise additional funds through grants.
ARF exists by donations from the public and private foundations. We do not receive assistance from the City, State or Federal Government.
We have established a discounted Spay/Neuter Program to help reduce the number of unwanted litters in the Bartlesville area. Our $25 discount coupons are available at all local Veterinarians upon request. This program is funded by donations earmarked for the program.
This is our most popular question! People tend to think that we are part of the Washington County SPCA (WCSPCA), but we are totally separate organizations at separate locations with one similar goal - helping animals in need. ARF's goals include providing care for animals in need, helping animals find good homes through adoption and educating the public on the importance of spay and neuter as the only solution to pet overpopulation.
We are all in this together! Both ARF and the WCSPCA benefit from the work done by each other! It is only through the reduction of animals born that we will we ever be able to reduce the number of animals that need help due to irresponsible pet owners.
ARF's current location is 399519 US Hwy 60 (8011 SE Nowata Rd) in Bartlesville. Our membership dog park "ARF Park" is 5 acres adjacent to our building. We moved into our new facility in October of 2015. Our current facility only houses free-roaming cats/kittens - they are not caged. Unfortunately, phase III construction is not complete so we still cannot accomodate dogs. This last phase of construction will include the dog adoption and indoor play area, grooming room and vet room. Until this is complete, we must rely on foster homes for our rescue dogs when we have foster homes available.
We are open Monday through Saturdays from 1:00pm - 4:00pm, or by appointment if someone would like to meet an animal considering adoption. We encourage you to stop by for a visit, learn about what we do and how you might be able to help us help those that are in need of our help. Volunteers are welcome! We have a volunteer application available!