About Us

Adopting A Friend

We require:

1.  an approved application

2.  a vet or animal clinic's reference (to prove current pets are current on vaccinations and are spayed/neutered)

3.  a home ownership verification or a landlord's approval

4.  a home visit (not a white glove test, just a visit to make sure our animals will be safe to come home with you)

Visit us on Facebook: Animal Rescue Friends Network Inc. and Hernando County Animal Control Friends

Who We Are


Animal Rescue Friends Network Inc. (ARF’N) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit volunteer organization. We strive to rescue stray, unwanted and abandoned animals in Hernando and other counties and place them in safe, responsible, loving, PERMANENT homes. We also network with many other rescue groups and potential adopters through our Facebook page (“Hernando County Animal Control Friends”), and through email and telephone to get many more animals rescued than we can do by ourselves.

ARF’N is strictly foster-based, our volunteers provide food, shelter, care, and compassion to our furry friends until they find a loving home. All animals in our rescue live in a foster home until they are adopted out. This allows them to get socialized, work on obedience and house training. This also allows us to tell a potential adopter if the animals are good with children, other dogs, or other cats.

While in our care, we provide rescued animals with age-appropriate vetting including: vaccinations, spay, neuter, deworming, defleaing, microchip and heartworm prevention. Dogs are also heartworm tested (if old enough) and cats are leukemia and FIV tested.

We also help to educate the community on the value of spaying/neutering in decreasing pet overpopulation, and on responsible animal care. Visit us on Facebook: Animal Rescue Friends Network Inc. and Hernando County Animal Control Friends




Come Visit Us

We do not have a physical location.  We are fostering most of the pets in our homes until they find their forever homes.  We do encourage you to also look at the animals at Hernando County Animal Control. Visit us on Facebook: Hernando County Animal Control Friends to see more animals available.  We do not have physical custody of those pets. but we can assist you in navigating the process of visiting and adopting an animal there.  They are a kill shelter, so they do not have a lot of time.  The shelter's info is:

Hernando County Animal Control  -19450 Oliver Street  -Brooksville, FL 34601  -(352) 796-5062, Fax (352) 796-3746
EMAIL:, ac@co.hernando.fl.us , scaskie@co.hernando.fl.us

They are located north of Pasco County and County Line Road.  They are situated on the right hand side of the road just past the Hernando County Fairgrounds.  It is south of the Wal-Mart on US Highway 41. 


Contact Animal Rescue Friends Network Inc.


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