About AARF


AARF is a no kill rescue.
AARF exists to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home abandoned, abused and unwanted dogs. AARF was established in 1998. We work with local as well as rural animal control facilities and humane societies where we rescue dogs that would otherwise be euthanized.

AARF uses a hands-on approach to train and rehabilitate dogs so that they may become family pets. Our program proves that the rate of successful placements is far higher if the dog is healthy, socialized, well trained and re-homed in an environment suited to his or her personality. AARF ensures that all dogs that come into the rescue are fully vetted. Each and every one is vet checked, treated for worms and fleas, spayed/neutered, heartworm checked and micro chipped. As well, most senior dogs we rescue need extensive dental surgeries. We have also treated a number of dogs that were heartworm positive.

AARF is strictly a not-for-profit rescue; we receive no funds from any agency, corporation or government. AARF relies soley on the kindness and generosity of the public and community.


About Deanna Maerz, Founder of AARF Rescue
My name is Deanna Maerz, the founder of Animal Angel Rescue Foundation – AARF Rescue.
Ever since I can remember I have had a strong bond with all animals. Whether it was a bird that had fallen from its nest, a stray kitten or a lost dog, I was drawn to reach out and help them. Knowing I could make a difference by saving that one life made me only want to help more. I saw the enormous need for dogs sitting in pound facilities where they were not given the opportunity for a second chance and thus AARF Rescue was founded. The joy it has brought me to save dog’s lives and be able to match them with the most amazing families is so fulfilling.
I know that I will rescue dogs until the day I die as it is in my heart to do so.


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