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ACARF has earned a Gold Seal of Transparency with nonprofit watchdog group, GuideStar.  You can check out all of our information by clicking the GuideStar seal.  We are an open book!

Thank you to everyone who so generously donated to ACARF in memory of our late director, Janice Porter.  Janice’s family and the ACARF staff/board members are all grateful for your kindness.


We plan to use these funds for something that was very important to Janice:  giving back to the community.  All money received in her name will be used for spay/neuter/immunization vouchers that will be given to community members whose pets need these services.  We will be providing details about this soon.

Janice felt strongly about the need for community spay/neuter/immunization programs, not only to reduce the unwanted pet population but also to improve the overall health of cats and dogs.  She would be pleased that we are helping area pet owners and their kiddos in such an important way.


For those who still wish to donate, you can do so by PayPal through the donation button on this page or you can mail/drop off your donation to:



305 E HWY 54

La Harpe, KS  66751

I am absolutely heartbroken to inform everyone that ACARF’s wonderful director, Janice Porter, passed away on Friday, December 18, after a long and incredibly brave fight with cancer.

How can I even begin to tell you how much Janice loved ACARF?  We started together over ten years ago as volunteers when the shelter opened and have worked together all these years since.  Janice volunteered tirelessly and with joy.  From the beginning, she was a passionate advocate for ACARF.  Janice helped with everything: hands-on care of our dogs and cats, front office work, fundraising, and public awareness.  If something needed to be done for ACARF, Janice would do it.

The position of director was not one that she sought.  However, several years ago ACARF was at a moment when a highly capable director with knowledge and experience was desperately needed.  Janice did what was best for ACARF, of course, and she accepted the job.   As director, Janice was in her element.  She was a gracious representative, a compassionate and protective boss, a patient teacher to volunteers, a fierce protector of our animals, and a skilled administrator.  ACARF’s adoptions increased, and our reputation for being a true refuge for animals grew.

During her long illness, Janice continued to work every single day that she could possibly make it to the building.  There were many times when she came to ACARF and we knew she was suffering, but she could not stay away.  Even when she couldn’t make it to work physically, Janice was still checking in, worrying, planning.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family Janice adored.  We are also sad for our community, which has lost an outstanding leader who vastly improved the conditions of animals in the area.   

At ACARF, we will grieve the loss of her strength, her courage, her wise guidance, and her incredibly kind and loving heart.   We will honor Janice in the only way we know how, and in the only way that she would want:  by carrying on in the work to which she was so devoted.

If you would like to honor the memory of this wonderful woman, please donate to ACARF for Janice.  You can donate here, or you can drop your donation in person/mail it to:


305 East Highway 54

La Harpe, KS 66751

Janice Porter

Beloved ACARF Director

November 2, 1963-December 18, 2020



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!





Our Pizza Hut Fundraiser is back!

February 14

Once again, you can indulge your love for pizza and help us save lives at the shelter!

On the 2nd Sunday of every month, the kind folks at the Iola, Kansas Pizza Hut will donate 20% of your purchase* to ACARF!! 
--Applies to Delivery or Carry-Out--
*tax, delivery charge and alcohol not included

Our next Pizza Hut donation day is Sunday, February 14.     

PIck up a flyer at the shelter or show the flyer from our website ( on your phone at the time of purchase.

Eat, enjoy, and help the ACARF animals, too!




Our Second Chance store has re-opened, but they currently have reduced hours:

Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm

We are excited that our Second Chance angels are back!  They will be happy to see your wonderful (and masked!) faces again.

As always, thank you for shopping where your dollars save lives!

ACARF is now open by appointment!

Now that the stay-at-home order has been lifted, ACARF is open by appointment.

Please call the shelter at ‪620-496-3647‬ (11:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Saturday) or contact us by email at to set up an appointment time during our regular hours of operation. Appointments will be for 30 minutes only, so we can sanitize and be safely ready for our next visitor.

We are still distributing free dog and cat food to those in need while we have an available supply (also by appointment).

Be assured that we are watching out for your safety by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing rules. For those visiting ACARF, we ask that you please not come to the shelter if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness.

Everyone at ACARF is excited that our dogs and cats once again have people coming out who are interested in adoption. We're so happy to have visitors!!

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 fundraisers.

For more information, please contact us at or


 And now, a word about cats.



 You can adopt a kitten from ACARF
for an adoption fee of $75 and
an adult cat for a fee of just $50!

We have many beautiful cats and kittens available for adoption! 

The adoption fee covers shots,

spay/neuter surgery, and microchipping.


What a wonderful way to bring home

an incredibly cool best friend!

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

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

We hope you will visit ACARF soon!

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

GuideStar seal above to see 

our information on GuideStar and donate with confidence.

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

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