Assisting free-roaming and unwanted animals, and providing you resources to help the animals in your families and communities

Economy devastating for animals too

Many Americans have lost their homes, and animals are coming into shelters 20, 30, 40 at a time. Rescue groups are suffering as well, since adoptions and donations are severely decreased. Some have closed their doors. This all results in another large increase in the number of free-roaming cats left to survive on the streets. Sadly, many of those are not altered, and more kittens are being born into the suffering, with no place to go. We hope that you'll consider adding a new furry member to your family, or contributing some financial relief to an animal rescue organization in your community.

Can't afford medical care for your companion animal?

There are several organizations who help to obtain funds for animals who need medical attention, but whose owners are unable to afford these extra expenses. We've put together a list of Financial Aid Organizations who might be able to help.

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We'd like to share some resources for those who are facing foreclosure, or who are being forced to move due to other financial strain. Moving does not mean you have to lose your animal companions, but you need to plan ahead. Please visit our Pet-Friendly Housing page to locate a new home where your pets are welcome.

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Still need to relinquish your pet?

If you've tried all the pet-friendly housing options and still find that you must give up your pets, please visit Lost Our Home Pet Foundation, or create a "Paw Alert" at No Paws Left Behind (foreclosures only), or see our FAQ page for other options.

Please do not advertise your pet "Free to a good home". The essay, Free Kittuns, by Jim Willis, is a heart-felt, yet oh-so-real essay about what happens when animals are "free".

There are many disreputable people in our midst, who may appear sincere and caring, but people are not always what they seem. Many "free to good home" animals end up in horrible situations. There are abusers, and people who will feed baby animals to snakes. Some are used in dog fighting rings. "Bunchers" or "Class B Dealers" collect free or cheap animals to sell to fighting rings or test labs, or offer them on the open market.

This is all very sad, but unfortunately it's not even rare. If you must re-home your animal, please be sure you ask a lot of questions of the potential new owners, ask to see their ID and write it down, visit their home to be sure they are who they claim to be and that it will be a safe, loving environment for your pet, and charge a rehoming fee that is higher than the current rate paid by labs.

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Capturing Abandoned Pets

Since the economic downturn, we've seen an increase in the number of animals, both cats and dogs, who have been abandoned, and are roaming the streets trying to survive on their own. It doesn't take long before they're fearful, and run from would-be guardians. That's where we come in.

We have one of the few humane dog traps in the Valley, and it has been quite busy this year. If you are trying to capture a homeless pet, please be sure you understand our policies before contacting us. We are not an adoption group, and cannot accept animals from the public. However, we will assist the public to the degree that we're able, within our established policies. Please review them here.

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ALF Animal Loving Friends
7650 S McClintock Dr
Suite 103-120
Tempe, AZ 85284

Contact Us

Email: alfrescue@hotmail.com