Safe haven for pets

ST. MARYS — Pets without homes have another option as they wait for their forever homes.

The Animal Resource Foundation, or ARF, was started in 2011 in Auglaize County by a group of animal lovers who committed to volunteering their time. Their goal was to be different from the local humane society in one fundamental way — it is a rescue, not a shelter.

President Jim Welker emphasized that the 10 dogs that are currently under their watch are not in cages, but have been placed with foster families until they are adopted. These foster families have been carefully evaluated by ARF through reference checks and home checks, Welker said, so the dogs are guaranteed a safe haven.

“If you put them in somebody’s home ... at least they feel secure, they’re not confused,” Welker said. “It just helps in their adjustment to a new life. Our goal is to place the dog in a better environment than it came from.”

For the complete story see the Tuesday, April 8, edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.