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ACARF has made the very difficult decision to close temporarily. As the COVID-19 virus danger increases, we feel that we can no longer put the health of our staff and the health of our visitors at risk. Temporary closure will begin on Monday, March 30. Right now, we’re projecting that we will be closed for two weeks, but that may be extended. We’ll re-evaluate in April

ACARF will honor the appointments that have already been made. However, we will not be making any more appointments for visits. We’ll still be checking our email, and our Facebook page messages. There will no longer be any front office staff to answer phone calls, but we will be checking phone messages.

We will still be helping by posting lost and found animals on our Facebook page.  IF YOU HAVE A LOST PET OR IF YOU HAVE FOUND AN ANIMAL, please read this information).  

Although the animals we have currently will still be loved and cared for every day, we won’t be able to take in any strays or surrendered pets (IF YOU NEED TO FIND A SPOT FOR A STRAY OR A PET YOU OWN, please read this information). Our food supply is limited and our financial resources are in danger due to the temporary closure of our Second Chance store in Iola, which provides a huge part of our funding.


We are forced to limit intake to those animals ACARF takes under our contract with the City of Iola (IF YOUR PET WAS BROUGHT TO ACARF BY IOLA ANIMAL CONTROL/POLICE DEPARTMENT, please read this information). If you would like to donate to help us take care of the cats and dogs in the shelter now and those who will be brought in by Iola Animal Control or the Iola Police Department in the future, we would be deeply grateful.

These will be such difficult days. Hopefully, individuals will step up to help the animals we are unable to right now.

Please stay home and reduce the spread of this terrible disease. Protect yourselves, your families and friends, and the frontline folks who continue their work to protect us all: the police officers, firefighters, and healthcare workers who are at such high risk. And please…give your pets some extra love from all of us at ACARF.

Our hope is that everyone stays safe and well until we see you again.

Click here to read more about ACARF's temporary closure during the COVID crisis.


ACARF (the Allen County Animal Rescue Facility) is a nonprofit no-kill animal shelter in rural La Harpe, Kansas.  ACARF was established by a grassroots group of dedicated people who wanted to give animals in need the help and hope they did not have before our organization was created.  We rescue, rehabilitate, and find homes for the lost and unwanted dogs and cats of our area.  Although we have small contracts to take in the animals impounded by animal control officers in a few surrounding towns, ACARF is not funded by any government entity.  The work that we do, saving as many animals as we can, continues primarily through donations by caring, animal-loving you!





ACARF has its first TV commercial! 

The commercial is airing the first week of January 2020 on KOAM TV (Channels 7 or 14).

The commercial was created by Zack Wilson at KOAM. We are so happy to have this new way to get the word out about ACARF!

If you want to see the ad on TV, it will air between 7-8 am on the Morning News, 10-11 am during Judge Judy, 4-5 pm during Ellen, and 11-11:30 pm during Two and a Half Men. The spot advertises our New Year’s sponsored adoptions.

Regarding the sponsored adoptions: Thanks to the kindness of a generous donor, the first 20 adult dogs (over 6 months of age) adopted in 2020 at ACARF will have an adoption fee of only $20.

ACARF has so many wonderful kiddos who deserve wonderful homes and families!

We are very grateful for this gift that not only benefits our shelter pets, but also our community.

Thank you PIZZA HUT!

Just when you thought

you could not possibly 

love pizza any more

than you already do...

On the second Sunday of every month, Pizza Hut will be doing a fundraiser for ACARF! You can pick up a coupon


you can just show the folks at Pizza Hut the coupon on your phone. 

And when someone asks you what you’re doing for dinner on April 12? Tell them you’re "getting pizza… and saving lives."

April 12

Thank you Sam & Louies!


We are so grateful to everyone at Sam & Louie’s Italian Restaurant in Iola, Kansas for featuring flyers of our adoptable kiddos on their pizza boxes!
An awesome new way to find loving homes!!
(PS: Sam & Louie’s also is giving us certificates for a free pizza each time someone adopts an ACARF pet!)


Help us by donating monthly 

Need a birthday gift?

Donate a Kuranda ShelterBed to Allen County Animal Rescue Facility in the name of a birthday honoree and help us give one of our sweet cats or dogs a comfortable place to rest.

A Kuranda ShelterBed is a gift that can last for years. Kuranda beds help our dogs and cats sleep better, reduce their stress and increase their chances for adoption! These high quality beds are comfortable, easy to sterilize, and made in the USA.

To donate a bed, visit ACARF's Kuranda wishlist

here:  Donate a Kuranda Bed

Select "Add a Tribute Card" at checkout and Kuranda will send a card to your gift recipient with your personal message and donation details!


Benefit ACARF as you shop!

Use our Amazon Smile link!

When you shop at Amazon through Smile.Amazon and choose Allen County Animal Rescue Foundation as your charity, ACARF will receive 0.5% of all your qualifying purchases!  No cost to you, but a benefit to us. 

Thank your for shopping at Amazon with all your heart!

Help support us by becoming part of our ACARF Fund Raising Committee!  We would welcome any volunteers who wish to help organize and/or staff events.

For more information, please contact shelter director

Janice Porter

at or


 And now, a word about cats.



 You can adopt a cat from ACARF
for just $50!

We have many beautiful cats and kittens available for adoption! 

The adoption fee of only $50 covers shots, spay/neuter surgery, and microchipping--

it's a wonderful way to bring home

an incredibly cool best friend!

To help you understand a little more about what we Chance.

Shop at our thrift store, Second Chance, and support us!

Our amazing Second Chance store at 209 South Street in Iola, Kansas has an ever-changing selection of unique items. 

Beyond the expenses to run it (not much, since the labor is all volunteer), your Second Chance dollars go to ACARF.

Great stuff, great prices, lives saved.

Simple as that.

PS: New volunteers are needed and welcomed!

Hours:  10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday

Phone:  620-363-4499

We're very proud of our shelter and the work that we do.

We hope you will visit ACARF soon!


We use Pethealth microchips and every adopted pet comes with a month of free Pethealth insurance!

We're so proud of our Silver rating with GuideStar! Click the

GuideStar seal above to see 

our information on GuideStar and donate with confidence.

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