ARF is a group of volunteers in Canberra and the surrounding region who are dedicated to rescuing dogs from euthanasia and fostering them in their own homes for as long as it takes to find them permanent loving homes.

Not everyone can adopt or foster a dog, but there is still plenty you can do to help ARF find loving, permanent homes for our foster dogs.

We rely on volunteers and donations to continue our life-saving work. Any help you can provide, financial or otherwise will be very gratefully received.

Here are just a few suggestions for making a difference:

Become a member

You can become a member of ARF. Your interest and involvement goes directly to helping the dogs. You can choose your level of participation in ARF activities.

ARF Members’ Code of Conduct can be found here

Help to spread the word

ARF is on Facebook and Instagram. You can help by ‘liking” our Facebook page  following us on Instagram and sharing our foster dog profiles  with your friends. If you see a dog in our gallery that really takes your fancy, you can ‘like’ them too, which will post their profile to your Facebook page.

We also occasionally prepare and circulate posters for dogs needing help but not in ARF care; if you are interested in  distributing these please contact us here to be added to the distribution list.

Word of mouth is a great way to help!

Stay up to date

Check out the latest ARF news in our newsletter Chinwag.

Events and fundraising

ARF hold regular fundraising events throughout the year which we always need help with.  If you work or have family and friends you can help us by selling calendars and raffle tickets. Our market stalls are always popular. If you’d like to volunteer to help out for a few hours, bake doggy treats or perhaps sew goods for sale, please contact our fundraising coordinator

Click here to see what events are coming up.

Make a donation

Next time you go grocery shopping throw an extra chew toy, packet of dog treats, polar fleece blanket or bag of dry dog food in your trolley, it all helps. Our costs for things such as flea treatments, good quality collars and leads and crates are large, so donations of these items are greatly appreciated.  Unfortunately we are unable to accept donations of pillows or doonas due to the difficulty of washing them.  For more information, email

You can also help by making a one off donation or setting up a weekly, fortnightly, or quarterly donation via online banking or by sending a cheque to PO Box 1308 Woden ACT 2606 – donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

Banking details for donation by online banking:

ACT Rescue and Foster
BSB 112 908
Account 482 423 603

or visit our online donations page here

In the meantime for one off donations please use our gift account details above and email with the amount and any special details so we can send you a tax receipt for your donations.

Thank you!

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