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85 Lucy Run Rd, Amelia, OH 45102
After losing our 7 year old boxer to cancer we decided we wanted another one and the route we decided to adopt from a shelter rather than from a breeder. The lady that was at the front desk treated me as if I couldn't afford the high adoption "donation" of $350 and wouldn't help us to even meet the pet outside of the cage. She was very hateful and quite unfriendly. We ended up giving this puppy a home, but since the day we brought him home he has been sick. I called ARF to let them know we had been sold a very sick dog that almost died. I asked for the owner to call me that was on March 2nd, I have since called three more times with no answer. I feel that the quality of care is less than good for these poor animals in the month we have gotten the dog diagnosed he has gained 13lbs! I think that ARF should be responsible for this bill of almost $700 because they sold me a dog that was supposed to be healthy at a very high price. I could have bought three puppies at this point from breeders with a health guarantee.
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After seeing a negative review about the ARF shelter in Amelia, OH I felt the need to write about my family's experience a few years back. We decided a dog would be a great addition to the family and looked for months at various area shelters as well as online. Finally after visiting ARF we found a great dog who had apparently been taken to ARF because the previous owner could not afford a non-urgent but much needed operation on her leg. After several visits and much consideration we decided despite the known surgery we would still love to have this dog. It haste been 3 years now and we couldn't imagine our home without her! Much thanks to ARF for rescuing and providing a home for an injured dog. Many other rescues may not have given her a second chance. We have had a wonderful experience at ARF and have only good things to say about them. As for the donation mentioned in the negative review, that is how the shelter is funded. It only makes sense to donate money for the care of a pet you can no longer keep yourself. Otherwise you would just be dumping your pet on them and expecting them to care for it for free.
After many tear filled nights, I had made an excruciatingly painful decision to take our cat to a no-kill shelter because of some "bathroom problems". I contacted a very well known and reputable no-kill shelter first and was told that the shelter was at maximum capacity. In addition, after learning of our pet’s “bathroom problem”, they stated that it would not be likely that the cat would ever get adopted. In addition, that shelter told me that I would be lucky to find a no-kill shelter with space. I then contacted the Animal Rescue Fund. The phone was answered by a woman who was less than sympathetic to the fact that I had just made an incredibly difficult decision to abandon our pet but went on to state that they could take our pet, we just needed to give them a biography of the cat and we had to bring $150.00 in CASH as a “donation”. When I asked about the likelihood of adoption all she said was “not a problem” and then went on to reiterate two more times that we needed to bring a CASH donation of $150.00. I hung up and called the first shelter back. I described my experience with the Animal Rescue Fund and the person on the other line simply said “we never require a donation”. I then asked if she knew for sure if the Animal Rescue Fund was actually a no-kill shelter and all she responded with was “I wouldn’t take my animal there”. I then asked her who regulates no-kill shelters and she referred me to their on duty officer. I left a voice message for the officer but never received a return phone call. Ultimately, I decided to keep our cat and make her an indoor/outdoor cat. I’m happy to report she is healthy and as happy as could be and I couldn’t be more happy as well. I will not tell you to not support this facility but I would strongly suggest that you do your own research and trust your gut with the information you obtain. My gut told me that the Animal Rescue Fund may not really be a legitimate no-kill shelter. I couldn’t get past the fact that the $150 donation HAD to be in cash. Perhaps so no one could trace it?
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