We Need Volunteers!

AARF is solely made up of dedicated volunteers who donate their time and open their homes to needy cats and dogs in the Triad.

You can help us rescue cats and dogs. There are always more animals in need than any rescue organization can help.

More volunteers means more cat and dog lives that can be saved!

You may download a volunteer application here, complete it and email to our Volunteer Coordinator. Instructions are on the application. Click here to download the application as a Microsoft Word document.

Youth Volunteer Policy

Junior volunteers must be 16 years of age (some may have been grandfathered from previous service). AARF has availability for junior volunteer service Monday-Friday only. Exceptions for Saturdays have been made for junior volunteers who have been trained and who are invited specifically by adoption fair counselors. Invitations are issued weekly, and we ask that junior volunteers please NOT show up without an invitation.
At this time AARF is unable to accept students for community service hours on an immediate basis. With advance notice and training, AARF will accommodate requests on a case by case basis.
The services of junior volunteers are welcome by invitation for special events (i.e. rabies clinics, fundraisers, etc.).

Donate Your Time

Here are the areas where you can help:

AARF House Helpers

It takes more than petting and holding to take care of all our animals -- particularly the cats that stay at the AARF House. We are always in need of volunteers to clean cages, feed animals, sweep floors, and dust. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know the AARF House cats and contribute to their health and safety.  It takes a bit of training and time commitment, but is well worth the effort!


AARF holds various fund-raisers throughout the year - Auctions, Howl-0-Ween, Rabies Clinics, etc. Give your time, ideas and creativity to make these efforts and others a success.

Become a Foster Parent

You can make a difference by opening your home to just one homeless animal and by doing this you are giving the gift of life!

The number of animals we can help is dependent upon the number of foster homes available. Help stop the suffering of these homeless animals today!

Why Foster?

Choosing to be a foster parent is a serious undertaking. It will change your routine and your own companion animals will need to be okay with it.

Many people faced with homeless animals tell themselves: "It's not my problem," "It's not my fault," "It's so sad, but there's nothing I can do." Well, fortunately, there is something you can do without making a lifetime commitment.

The fulfillment and sense of purpose you receive in knowing that you helped one more homeless animal find its way into a safe, happy home is overwhelming each time you successfully place an animal in need.

What is involved?

AARF will provide you with most of the supplies you’ll need to make your foster friend feel right at home. All you do is provide food (and litter for foster cats) and a safe and secure home until a permanent home is found.

AARF has many ways of finding homes for these fosters like PetFinder.com postings and Adoption Fairs at 311 Harvey Street in Winston-Salem.

Foster parents are only expected to come twice a month to show off their foster animals to potential adoptive families.  Foster parents are not expected to stay during the adoption fair. 

Call Us — Write Us — E-Mail Us — You may also fill out a Foster Agreement and email it to us or bring it by AARF anytime to start fostering!
Just Come to an Adoption Fair and say "I WANT TO HELP!"

Location & Hours

Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation
311 Harvey Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27103

336-768-PETS (7387)




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Adoption Fairs:


  • Mondays 12-4pm (cats only)

  • Tuesdays 12-6pm  (cats only)

  • Wednesdays 12-6pm (cats only)

  • Fridays 12-6pm (cats only)

  • Saturdays 12-4pm  (cats)

  • Saturdays  12-3pm (dogs) 


All gifts to AARF are tax deductible. 

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