In Memory of Barbara Shea (1939-2016)

Barbara SheaIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of ARF’s President and Founder, Barbara Shea.

Barbara founded ARF thirty years ago and has left behind a tremendous legacy of service to animals and the community. She has helped thousands of animals in need, those without a voice, those unwanted, and those without a home until she opened the doors of her shelter to them. Barbara was a tireless advocate who helped countless animals find forever homes, helped them to heal and receive medical treatment, and allowed many to call ARF their forever home when adoption was not an option. Barbara will be terribly missed by the animals at the shelter – and deeply by ARF’s volunteers.

We love you, Barbara. Your life and work touched so many lives with hope and compassion. Rest in peace.


We will be CLOSED for adoptions this Thursday, June 9 and Friday, June 10. We will reopen Saturday, June 11 for adoptions.



3 Responses to “In Memory of Barbara Shea (1939-2016)”

  1. Joanne Roman June 7, 2016 at 10:49 AM #

    Barbara never wanted accolades or celebrity. She worked tirelessly for her belief that all living things deserved love, respect and a forever home. She was the backbone of ARF and will be thought of and missed at ARF every day by every volunteer–because she was ARF. We will draw from her strength to continue the work she started and keep her legacy alive. Rest in Peace, my friend.

  2. Michelle McAllister July 12, 2016 at 1:32 PM #

    Barbara, rest in peace. We are forever greatful for our adoptees from ARF as well as your service to the community . Forever in your debt, Dan’s Grooming Services. AKA Dan and Michelle.

  3. Michelle McAllister July 12, 2016 at 1:52 PM #

    RIP. Thank you for all you have done. You are an asset to our community. Thank you very much for our Duffy. You will be forever missed.

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