These are just a few of our current residents at the Animal Refuge Center. They're each in search of their forever home, and would love to come home with you.  However, there are many ways you can support the animals at ARC if adoption is not an option for you.


Animal Refuge Center
18011 Old Bayshore Road
North Fort Myers, FL, 33917

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Open Wed-Sun from 11am-4pm for visits, adoptions & tours (excluding major holidays). 

Volunteers are welcomed every day!

239 -731-3535


The Animal Refuge Center is a 501c3 Non-Profit animal welfare society. We are a non-euthanasia organization dedicated to caring for all homeless animals brought into our care.

As the largest no-kill shelter/sanctuary in SW Florida, we provide interim shelter and medical care to homeless, injured or abandoned animals.  Our philosophy avows that once an animal is accepted for adoption, it will not be destroyed to make room for another. 

We place approximately 500 dogs and cats per year into responsible, loving homes through direct and indirect adoptions.  

ARC’s on-going mission is to provide community education as to the needs and care of animals, and public awareness regarding the importance of spaying and neutering their animal companions, with the ultimate result being the elimination of euthanasia.

Be sure to check out our Newsletter Archive to learn more about

past and future stories and events!



The Animal Refuge Center could not survive were it not for the kindness and generosity of the public.  Through donations acquired by caring people, ARC has cared for and found homes for thousands of animals over the past 20+ years.  Just $5 can go a long way so please consider a donation! 


Who Will Be Their Voice? A Year-End Appeal...

This short video chronicles some of ARC's successes in the last 2-3 years.  We owe so very much of what we're able to accomplish to our supporters and donors.  Donors of their time, of supplies, of support online through social media and word of mouth, and yes of course, donors of money.  Every dollar goes directly to the support and care of our animals.  Every dollar. Can you think of a more worthy cause?!


Bidding is NOW OPEN for ARC's 2019 Annual Calendar!

Want our 2019 calendar to feature your pet?  Hurry up and bid in this year's online auction!  Bidding runs from June 22nd, 2018, until July 22nd, 2018.  You must register your credit card through the auction site in order to bid.  Winners will be announced shortly after the online auction closes.  Professional photos will once again be taken by Sandbar Photography of North Fort Myers.  Details will be provided to all winners after the auction closes.

Interested in purchasing an ad in the 2019 calendar? We have literally dozens of ad spaces of varying dimension and color options available.  Click HERE to see ad offerings and pricing.  

If you're interested in purchasing an ad, please contact Wayne Leinen at (239) 233-4375 or via email at .  

Get Your 2018 ARC Annual Calendar

It's not too late to get your 2018 edition of ARC's annual calendar.  The cost is just $10, including tax and shipping.  Your purchase of this beautiful publication will help to support the nearly 450 beautiful canines and felines residing at our shelter. You’ll also help to support the businesses that support ARC.  These calendars make a fantastic stocking stuffer for the animal lover in your life.

Click the button below to order your beautiful calendar now!

Note: We are aware of a typo on the PayPal interface where the comment section references "2017".  Rest assured, you will receive the 2018 calendar!  We are working to fix the issue.

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