1209 W. Riggin Rd. Muncie, IN 47304
765.282.ARFF (2733)

Our Story

Mission

The mission of the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) is to provide shelter, medical care, and love to abused, abandoned, neglected, and unwanted animals until permanent homes can be found. Through educational efforts, public awareness, and community involvement, ARF seeks to relieve animal suffering; to prevent cruelty, abuse, neglect and overpopulation; to eliminate euthanasia as a way of animal control, thereby creating a “no-kill” community in which both animals and humans benefit from the goodness of each other.
Location:
1209 W. Riggin Rd.
Muncie, IN 47304

Phone: 765-282-ARFF (2733)

Email: info@munciearf.com

History

ARF Founder - Terri PanziARF was founded in June of 1998 by animal advocate Mrs. Terri Panszi. At the time of founding, Mrs. Panszi worked as an x-ray technician at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana, using her paychecks to rent a small building that held approximately 20-30 animals. In the beginning, she was the only person involved with the cleaning, feeding & daily caretaking of the animals. She also handled all the adoptions & fundraising.

Although ARF began as a sanctuary for homeless animals, ARF has since expanded its services to the community, including assisting low-income pet owners with completing & submitting SNSI (Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana, Inc.) vouchers for their low-cost Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP.)

Since opening its doors in 1998, ARF has moved to its current location at 1209 W. Riggin Road. Thanks to the generosity of a very special donor, ARF is able to stay on the property rent free, though ARF pays for all of the utilities, & buildings & grounds maintenance associated with the property. The ARF campus consists of:

  • The Sanctuary House which houses dogs with behavioral or medical issues making them less suitable for adoption. These fur babies are our “permanent residents,” & they need a lot of financial support to keep them comfortable. If you have a soft spot in your heart for the “underdogs,” please consider sponsoring (via a recurring donation) our Sanctuary House doggies.
  • The Catty Shack which houses up to 50 cats in large rooms with approximately 15 cats per room
  • The Adoption Center which houses our adoptable dogs
  • The Administration building where guests can make donations (both supplies & monetary donations), pay for adoptions, get assistance completing & submitting vouchers for the SNSI Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP), & surrender animals (by appointment.)
  • The “Garage” which houses our 2 adorable pigs, Lucy & Wilbur (they have “piggy doors” so they can go outside in the fenced yard whenever they please,) as well as some of our buildings & grounds supplies.
  • The Bark Park which is our one-acre fenced park for dogs & owners to play off-leash for a nominal membership fee.
  • The aluminum can recycling corral at which everyone is encouraged to recycle aluminum cans (look for the fenced area with the giant cat tail sticking out of it.)
  • The “Barn,” the “Blue Shed,” the “White Metal” outbuilding, the “Turner Shed,” & the “Supply Nook” which are storage buildings.

ARF is a shelter where the animals do not spend day after day in a crate or kennel, but rather in rooms equipped with beds, toys, windows & other animals, if personalities allow. ARF now has 13 part-time employees plus one veterinarian to care for the animals, maintain the property, keep track of records, & meet the public during adoption hours.

Big news!  Effective immediately, ARF cannot take in any more animals until further notice due to construction upgrades. We are running a cat adoption special, $20 for adult cats and $40 for kittens under 6 months of age through August 4, 2017. The dog adoption center is CLOSED for visiting hours. Dog meet & greets and adoptions are by appointment only. All adopters must complete adoption applications either via our website, or in person Monday-Friday, 10am-noon or 1pm-5pm, or Saturday noon-3pm. Please keep in mind that adoption applications take up to 3 business days to process. We do not do same-day adoptions because we check vet and personal references to make sure our babies are going to capable, loving homes.  Thank you!

Friends, it is with an extremely heavy heart we write this. Today, we had to make an excruciating decision. Hazel Grace's xrays today showed what we had feared. Hazel was still unable to have bowel movements on her own, and would not regain use of her bowels. For the last 5 days, Hazel knew love and showed us unconditional love. We had three veterinarians examine xrays and discuss options. All 3 were in agreement that her prognosis was poor and long term quality of life was poor due to infection risks, etc. As hard as it was to make this decision, it was hard every day to come in and see her in the condition she was in. ARF staff were with her at the end, and we want everyone to know if there was anything we could do to possibly make her life better, we would have done it. We wish we had better news to share, but we also are thankful that her last days were happy days and she was loved, warm, and had a full belly. As the vet said, had she not come in, she would have passed away out in the elements sooner rather than later left in the shape she was in. ... See MoreSee Less

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Wanting to volunteer at ARF and haven't attended one of our training classes yet? Here is another chance! Come learn about how to be an excellent volunteer for all our fur babies!! You will complete a volunteer form/waiver, go over the handbook, take a tour, and then be able to volunteer with our animals!
Volunteers MUST be 18 years or older.
RSVP/registration not required: just show up!
Come to the administration building, building #2.
EDIT:// Volunteer hours are only Monday thru Friday usually before 5 pm.
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Update: Pee Wee is found!

"Pee Wee is lost! She was attacked by a neighborhood cat and needs medical attention. Mayfield Addition is where she lives. She's shy. Will probably not come to a stranger. Please call me if you see her. 765-747-0367"
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Our Vaccine & Spay/Neuter Clinic is temporarily closed until we hire a new vet.
Please watch this website for updates.
Thank you.

Contact Muncie ARF

1209 W. Riggin Rd.
Muncie, Indiana 47304

(765) 282-ARFF (2733)

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