Since 1986, ARF volunteers have found homes for thousands of cats, dogs, kittens and puppies. All are vet checked, vaccinated and spayed or neutered prior to adoption. Our volunteers love and care for all our animals like family. Our dogs, specifically, benefit greatly from our positive training methods making it easier for them to settle in with their new families. 

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Goldie Finds Her Happily Ever After
In 2008, gorgeous Goldie was adopted from ARF at 2 years old. She lived happily in a home until her adopter passed away in 2018 and she returned. She spent the next 5 years at ARF waiting for another family. We’re so happy to share that in May 2023, senior Goldie was ADOPTED! Her adopter, Rebecca, says she is a wonderful cat and while her home might be a small kingdom, Goldie is the queen of it. Just like she was always meant to be!

Subaru Loves Pets Month
For every adoption completed in October 2023, ARF will receive a $100 donation from Mid-Hudson Subaru as part of their Subaru Loves Pets Promotion. We’re happy to report that cats Rosie, sisters Mila and Selina, brothers Hudson and Sloop, and sisters Miriam and Two Spot Sam were all adopted during this time. Puppy siblings Maxie, Monkey, and Mr. Cuddles, and special little Mimi also found homes in October. Thank you, adopters and thank you Mid-Hudson Subaru!

Dogs Dash, Everett, Mimi, and Jasper plus cats Capellini, Rosie, Cindy, brothers Hudson & Sloop, and Jasper were just some of the animals adopted in 2023.

Just a few of the cats and dogs adopted in 2023 were Dash, Capellini, Everett, Rosie, Cindy Mimi, Hudson, Sloop, and Jasper. Check out adoptable animals here >


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Many thanks to our volunteers and supporters for making the following 2023 events possible and successful. Funds raised at these events help us cover both daily operating costs and unexpected expenses and repairs.

Animal Planet Puppy Bowl XIX (February 12) selected a puppy from ARF to feature in their televised puppies playing football broadcast that gets into the spirit of the big game. Read all about Bea’s experience and see behind the scenes photos here. We also think you should tune into the 2024 Puppy Bowl on February 11, 2024 at 2pm ET for a fun surprise.

Penny Social (March 4) was held at the Veterans Hall on Main Street in Beacon. Participants entered raffles to win gift baskets and other collectables. Stay tuned for more information about ARF’s 2024 Penny Social taking place on April 6, 2024.

Vaccination Clinic (May 7) was held at Memorial Park, Beacon providing low cost rabies & distemper vaccines for dogs & cats. Thanks everyone for the great turnout at the yearly event.

5K Run & Walk with the Dogs (May 21) kicked off from Beacon’s Memorial Field to the beat of DJ Vybe. Over 160 humans and 60 dogs participated! A great day was had by all and much needed funds were raised for ARF. Check out race photos and general event photos on Facebook. Thanks to our sponsors, vendors and participants. Manpower was provided by many of our dedicated ARF volunteers.  Sign up for ARF’s next 5K scheduled for May 19, 2024 here:

Yappy Hour (July 18) was a special happy hour hosted at Two Way Brewing in Beacon.  They brewed an exclusive new beer called Tails of Hoppiness, a raspberry wheat ale. During the event, 50% of the ale’s proceeds were donated straight to ARF. Plus, attendees bid on raffle prizes donated by local businesses and read about the happy adoption stories from ARF and the cats and dogs currently available. See event photos here on Facebook. A huge thanks to Two Way Brewing for their delicious beer and generous spirit.

The threat of rain postponed Spirit of Beacon Day for a week (to October 1), but it didn’t dampen Beacon’s Spirit! A nice crowd turned out for a great day and a wonderful parade, check it out on Facebook. Our sincere thanks to all the ARF volunteers who made our participation possible and the community for its generosity. Everyone loved the Claw Machine and its animal stuffies, sales of ARF’s logo’d merchandise was brisk and the donation canister was almost full.  Special thanks to the Cifone family for supplying the Claw and animal stuffies. 

Board & Brush in Wappingers hosted a Paint and Sip Fundraiser (November 16). Attendees were able to paint a custom wooden sign or project for their home with 20% of the ticket sales going straight to ARF. See what projects attendees created here on Facebook. It was a lot of fun and we’re grateful to Board and Brush!

Pet Photos with Santa (December 2) was an adorable and festive day filled with holiday cheer. About 80 dogs and 1 cat got a picture with Santa in their holiday best. Check out a highlight reel of the day here >

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for upcoming events in 2024!




As an all-volunteer shelter we’re always on the lookout for more animal lovers who want to make a difference. Just a few hours of your time each week means so much to our animals. If you’re interested in volunteering at the shelter, fill out an application here. Please indicate if you prefer working with dogs (must be 18 or older) or cats (ages 8-13 with parental supervision, or must be 14 or older), and when you’re available.



A Special Cat with a Special Heart
Huggzy is a remarkable 4-year-old boy with a congenital heart condition called Conotruncal Deformity. Despite his unique medical needs, this big guy doesn’t let anything dim his spirit! He has the loudest purr and loves rolling around on his back for pets. Huggzy’s care consists of twice daily medications and two echocardiograms a year. He likes attention from our volunteers, but we know he would love to have his very own home and family to give him lots of love. He will need to be your only cat but he doesn’t seem to mind dogs. Apply to meet Huggzy >

The Perfect Adventure AND Snuggle Buddy
Strikingly beautiful Gertrude (nicknamed Trudy) is a gem. She is a leggy 4-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound. Super smart, loyal, and affectionate, she learns new commands astonishingly quickly. Her perfect companion(s) would be someone who can stimulate her mentally and offer her opportunities to be active. She likes walks or hikes where she can put her hound nose to good use. She is also a big snuggle bug who loves massages and thinks she can fit on your lap! She has the cutest way of putting her head under your arm for cuddles when you sit with her. Gertrude is 4 years old, house-trained, up-to-date on all her shots and weighs a lean 60 pounds. She would not be a good fit in a home with cats or small dogs, or for someone living in an apartment. Apply to meet Gertrude >

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Star, Rex, Champ, Emma, Lacey, Niko, Karla, and Ming are just some of the wonderful adoptable cats and dogs looking for homes.


ARF is open by appointment only. To visit, first fill out an application. If you’re not sure who you would like to meet, that is ok! ARF adoption coordinators will review your application and then contact you to arrange a meet & greet.

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Donate to Support Animal Care



Animal Rescue Foundation is a federal 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations are 100% tax-deductible. All of your gift supports the cats and dogs in ARF’s care.

Wish List
Shop online using our Chewy Gives Wishlist here or our Amazon Wishlist here and your donations will ship straight to ARF. This is the perfect way to donate much-needed food, toys, or enrichment items to the cats and dogs in our care. (Or, if you’d rather shop in-person at a local store and drop off supplies at the ARF building, you can view a shopping list here.)

Pet Sponsorship
For $10 a month (or $120 a year) you can support the care of a long-term ARF resident cat or dog. Plus, sponsorships make fantastic, unique gifts for fellow animal lovers in your life. See full details >

Donate Online
Through your generous donations, we can properly care for ARF cats and dogs until they are placed in loving homes. Credit/Debit Card and PayPal donation options are available. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about donations or gift dedications. Donate >

By Check
Made and mailed directly to ARF at:
Animal Rescue Foundation
PO Box 1129
Beacon, NY 12508

Check with your employer to see if they have a Matching Gift program


HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our volunteers and supporters. We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year. ARF could not continue to operate without the dedication and support of its volunteers and the community.

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A copy of our most recently filed financial report is available from the Charities Registry on the New York State Attorney General’s website ( or, upon request, by contacting the New York State Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10005, or us at 54 Simmons Lane, Beacon, New York 12508. You also may obtain information on charitable organizations from the New York State Office of the Attorney General at or (212) 416-8401

NYS Shelter Reg. RR164