Information about our temporary closure
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.
Existing appointments will be honored. However, ACARF will not be making any additional 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.
IF YOU HAVE LOST A PET OR FOUND A STRAY
Lost and found animals will still be posted on our page to help them get home. Message our Facebook page, email us at , or call and leave a message at 620-496-3647 (we'll be checking messages) and we will put them online. Here is what we need to know:
A PET YOU HAVE LOST: We need to know the pet’s name, if your pet is male or female, the pet’s age, where the pet was lost (address; we’ll keep it general), what date the pet was lost, a description of your pet including whether or not the pet is spayed/neutered, microchipped, was wearing a collar or harness. We’ll also need your contact phone number: MOST IMPORTANT: A photo!
A STRAY YOU HAVE FOUND: We need to know what city you are in, or your location if you are not in a city. What date the animal was found. Description of the animal including their size, approximate age, if the animal is wearing a collar or harness. We’ll need your contact phone number, as well. MOST IMPORTANT: A photo!
PLEASE NOTE THIS SPECIAL MESSAGE ABOUT KITTENS! We are coming into kitten season. Please DO NOT pick up feral kittens you find who are together in a litter or are on their own. Instead, just watch for a while. Most likely, they have a mother who is out hunting for her family and will return to feed and care for her babies. If you take them, you are probably depriving them of a mother, and the mother has lost her kittens. It is very very hard to foster kittens; they often do not survive away from their mothers. ACARF cannot take them at this time, so please…try to leave them where they are, if possible.
IF YOU FIND AN ANIMAL, PLEASE ALSO:
In the Iola area, please call Iola Animal Control as you usually would, at 620-365-4903 (or the Iola Police Department at 620-365-4960 if it is after hours for Iola AC).
If you are not in Iola, please contact the authorities in your area (closest animal control office/police department, or the sheriff's department for your county).
IF YOUR PET WAS BROUGHT TO US BY IOLA ANIMAL CONTROL/POLICE DEPARTMENT
As always, we hope to return animals who are brought to us by Iola Animal Control/Police Department to their owners. Owners must first pay an impoundment fee at the city office on the square in Iola and then bring the receipt to us. You will need to contact us prior to pickup to arrange an appointment time.
IF YOU HAVE A STRAY OR A PET YOU WISH TO SURRENDER:
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. 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.
We can help by referring you to a free rehoming service, “Rehome” that was developed by the Petco Foundation and Adopt-A-Pet, a nationwide pet search database. You can read about it on our Rehoming a Pet page.
We can also provide you with a list of other no-kill shelters within reasonable driving distance. You can find it on this page of our website.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Again, we hope we can re-open soon.