Help Us

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

For just $15 per year, you can become a member of ARF. Your membership dollars go directly to helping the dogs. You can choose your level of involvement in ARF activities.

Pay membership or renew membership online

Help to spread the word

ARF is now on facebook and twitter. You can help by ‘liking” our Facebook page 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 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  Communication SubCommittee 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.  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 via a secure website using PayPal:

Get involved

  • Dog transport

We occasionally need assistance with transporting dogs from outside the Canberra region into ARF care, or from ARF care to forever homes outside Canberra. Next time you’re driving out-of-town or flying on business, why not contact ARF and see if a dog needs a lift?

  • Handyman Skills

Sometimes  foster carers need a helping hand with fence  extensions, repairs to separation areas or dog damaged doors etc and we welcome any volunteers to assist with this.

  • Information and marketing

If you have media and marketing experience, we need your help to spread the word! If not, you can still help promote ARF. Posters advertising ARF dogs are available for printing at Pet Rescue and can be posted at your school, vet office, workplace or local shopping centre.
Thank you!