I visited ARF a few months ago in hopes of adopting a companion animal and was blown away by the deplorable, filthy conditions and the incompetent staff. I usually don't write reviews, but I felt the need to do some internet research on ARF after witnessing animals in such horrendous conditions. I am totally shocked that this place has a single good review, and that local law enforcement/HSUS hasn't shut this place down already.
ARF is located in a metal-roofed, light industrial building off Mayes St. in Jackson. The first thing I noticed was the stench of urine and feces, which was so powerful I couldn't get the smell out of my hair and skin after a shower. When I asked a staff member to show me around, he silently led me through the warehouse portion of the shelter, which consisted of several rows of metal cages. As we walked, I noticed the leaking metal roof and the recessed trench running the length of the caged rows. Apparently this trench is used as a rudimentary plumbing system. I witnessed ARF employees hosing out OCCUPIED cages caked in feces, allowing the sewage to run into the trench between my feet. When I asked the employee about specific animals, he just shrugged and said he didn't know their names or histories, but he was keen on telling me which ones I shouldn't adopt. That's right. He told me I shouldn't adopt multiple animals from the shelter. I asked about one dog in particular, a blue and white pitty, who was being "treated" for heart worms at the time. The employee said, "You don't want him, he gonna die soon." Shortly after, the employee introduced me to his boss, Elizabeth, who had just arrived and seemed to be well informed about all the goings-on around the shelter.
She walked me around the warehouse again, introducing me to dogs and telling their stories. It was an immediate red flag to see dogs with mange, matted fur, open wounds, etc. who had been living in the shelter for up to ten years!! Those dogs looked like they needed to be rescued from the rescue fund. ARF is blatantly at capacity, bordering on animal hoarding and after inspecting living conditions, appears to be misusing funds.
The cat portion of the "shelter" is even worse. The cats all look sluggish and diseased with ooze dripping from their nose and eyes, matted or balding, and flea ridden. All the animals in this shelter look like they need to be rescued.
This whole thing stinks, literally. Somebody needs to do some investigating around Elizabeth and her Animal "Rescue" Fund.
Review from Guidestar
My husband and I have adopted two dogs from this wonderful shelter. The staff has a knack for finding the right animal for the right home. Within only 2 hours our first dog had already made himself at home and found his favorite spots in the house. We were so happy with our first adoption we decided to give a second dog a home and have never regretted out decision. We continue to support this shelter whenever we can and need to do more. It's heartwarming to have a no kill shelter in the area helping animals that are thrown away like nothing more than trash.