Welcome to A.R.F. --
Animal Rescue Fund of South Carolina, a small, non-profit, no-kill animal shelter.

On this page, you'll find a wealth of information about our shelter, our mission, our need for volunteers ... as well as helpful articles about pet care and just about everything to assist you in being a loving, responsible pet owner.

Please take a few minutes to browse the links on the left-hand side of this page, and enjoy going to the different articles, many of which were written by Dr. Roger Ross of FoxNest Veterinary, who founded A.R.F. and which helps fund and support our shelter.

A.R.F. is funded by donations, and most of the work at the shelter is provided by dedicated volunteers, with the assistance of the staff of FoxNest Veterinary. We also have a great support group who do various fund raisers throughout the year to provide more financial support for the shelter.

Here's a brief run-down of what we do at A.R.F.:

Our Mission

1. To save the lives of pets who have been abandoned to fend for themselves.

2. To make those pets in our care healthy, comfortable, and loved until we can find a responsible new home for them.

3. To encourage responsible pet care, including neutering, vaccinations, parasite control, and veterinary care.

Our Facility

We have comfortable facilities for about 25 pets at a time and we try to place about 300 pets into new homes per year.

When we take over the care of a needy pet, we clean them up, give them a name, treat their wounds and illnesses, test for heartworms, intestinal worms, and leukemia, vaccinate, treat for fleas, ticks, and ear mites. We also spay and neuter each pet.

Then we love and feed them as best we can until we can find them a new home.

How Can You Help?

Donate! Donate to our general fund, or become an ARF Angel and sponsor an adoption ... see our "Helping Us" page for details.

Visit our shelter and consider adopting one of our pets.

Volunteer your time and talent at the shelter.
  • Help clean our kennels and cages.
  • Assist with laundry.
  • Walk the dogs.
  • Socialize with the cats and kittens.
  • Attend occasional events to publicize our efforts.

Donations are always needed:
  • Towels
  • Paper towels
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Non-clumping cat litter
  • Money
Contact Us:

Phone:  864-882-4488  This will get you to our veterinary clinic receptionist who will try to help you with general information, but may or may not know any details about the individual pets in our shelter.

eMail:  ARF@NCTV.com      Please note: Everything at our shelter is done by volunteers, so it's not like we have a receptionist sitting at the phone or computer waiting to answer your calls and e-mails. However, your interest and support are important to us, so please be patient.  By far the best way to find out about a pet in our shelter is to come in person.

Address:  The Animal Rescue Fund of South Carolina
                 10445 Clemson Blvd
                 Seneca, SC 29678

Directions:  We are midway between the towns of Seneca and Clemson on Highway 123 (also known as Clemson Blvd) in the beautiful western corner of South Carolina.

Use the links on this website to see the dogs and cats we currently have available for adoption. We update the site frequently, so visit often!

The Animal Rescue Fund
of South Carolina

10445 Clemson Blvd.
(on premises of FoxNest Veterinary)
Seneca, SC 29678

Call 864-882-4488*

* Please note: FoxNest Veterinary staff will answer
and assist you with questions regarding A.R.F.
What's On This Site:

Pictures of the cats and kittens at our shelter needing a home

Pictures of the dogs and puppies at our shelter who need a home


Our Policies:
fees and requirements for dropping off and adopting pets

UpComing Events and Information for Volunteers -- How You can Help

Helping Us

The Human/Animal Bond - Page 1

The Human Animal Bond - Page 2

Spirit & Philosophy

Our Finances

Letters, comments, and articles about running a shelter

A  Hard Letter About a Rescued Stray Who Died

Pet Responsibility I: Article by ARF Founder Roger Ross DVM

Pet Responsibility II:
Getting Regular Exams

Pet Responsibility III:
A little recent history on how we treat pets in our culture and why we now recommend twice yearly wellness exams at our hospital

About the diseases people get from pets

Oral hygiene

Training and Behavior

Pet Insurance Page

Visit Our
Other Sites:

The FoxNest Veterinary Hospital: 

Our shelter is closely associated with The FoxNest Veterinary Hospital which graciously shares or provides facilities, staff, and medical care.  Learn all about our practice by visiting our hospital web site.

The Animal Pet Doctor:

This free veterinary information site contains hundreds of pages about the care of sick and injured pets. Other topics include poison information, wildlife rescue information, and an article about "What to Expect When You Go To The Vet," discussing different problems with your pet.

Other Shelter and Animal Welfare Groups in SC

Links to Interesting

The Ten Commandments of Responsible Pet Ownership...by Roger Ross, DVM

The History Of Veterinary Medicine

The History of Antibiotics

"Prayer of A Stray"

Dr. Leo K. Bustad: A Tribute

Loving a Pet Too Much

Pets As Co-Therapists

Why Are There So Many Stray & Abandoned Pets?

Our more extensive pages on the Human Animal Bond on our AnimalPetDoctor.com site

Taking Care of Baby Wild Animals

The Cat Man: a very different kind of rescue story

A Rescue Story by Laura Garren & a Book Review of Coulter

First Pets Living in the
White House

Vera Stingy:
a vera funna story

A Cat in the Sink:
God has a sense of humor

Love Animals
in their Place

Professional Breeders vs Amateur Breeders vs Stray Rescue

It's Not Easy Running A No Kill Shelter

Castration: why it's important to spay and neuter your pet

Wildlife Pages, including a very funny story about beavers
Since 1/3/2022
Donating to support Animal Rescue Fund just got easier than ever ... Click on the link, above left, and you'll be able to make a donation to help support our efforts on behalf of pets needing homes. Here's how you can help:
  • $65 covers the cost of lab work, vaccinations and spay or neuter procedures prior to adoption.
  • $25 helps buy cleaning products like paper towels, laundry soap, bleach, Odo-Ban, mop heads, etc., so we can keep our facility sparkling clean and our animals healthy.
  • $50 covers purchase of cases of food, treats, bowls, cat litter, leashes, and other necessities.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so all donations are fully tax deductible.

As always, we're so grateful for your support of Animal Rescue Fund!!
Updated 5/11/2023