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 owner surrendered cats and dogs we’ve received into our care.

As the largest no-kill shelter/sanctuary in SW Florida, we provide interim shelter and medical care to cats and dogs who were once pets, and through no fault of their own, found themselves homeless, injured, or abandoned.  Our philosophy avows that once an animal is accepted into our care, 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?!


Get Your 2019 ARC Annual Calendar!

It's time to get your 2019 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 2019 calendar!  We are working to fix the issue.

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