Roof Over Your Woof


ARF reminds you to protect your pets in your neighborhood from winter weather. Outdoor dogs & cats need suitable shelter to keep them warm, dry & free of frostbite or death. Straw is the best bedding. It helps generate heat. Blankets only retain moisture, become wet & freeze, chilling rather than insulating your pet. Dog & cat shelters should also face the south/southeast and be secured with bricks or blocks to prevent rolling. If your pet doesn't have proper shelter and you're a low-income pet guardian or free roaming cat caregiver in Wayne County, a straw-stuffed doghouse can be provided for your pet from ARF's "Roof Over Your Woof" Program.

To contact ARF's "Roof Over Your Woof" Program for doghouse or straw delivery, call 618-842-2241. ARF's doghouses are custom built at Southern Illinois Lumber Company in Fairfield and will require a $50 refundable deposit upon delivery from ARF. Illinois law requires that pets have proper shelter, fresh water & food at all times. As of January 1, 2016, pets will also be required to be indoors during weather advisories & extreme temperatures. ARF encourages the public to contact ARF's "Roof Over Your Woof" at 842-2241 or your local police department to report pets that are not adequately protected from the elements, and help prevent numerous cases of unnecessary suffering this winter. Reports are kept confidential. To give to ARF's "Roof Over Your Woof" Program or sponsor a doghouse from Southern Illinois Lumber Company in Fairfield, please mail your donation to ARF, P.O. Box 324, Fairfield, IL 62837 or click here on "donate online".



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Roof Over Your Woof

A program created shortly after ARF's inception to provide dogs and cats with free straw stuffed barrels to keep warm during cold months.

To donate straw, plastic barrels or dog houses, please contact Teresa Bullard  618-842-2241



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Upcoming Yearly Events

Upcoming events for the year will be , SPAYgetti Dinner, Pies For Ma's and Paw's Mother's Day Bake Sale, Adopt A Shelter Cat Month, Howl-oween Hairball, Adopt A Shelter Dog Month and the Christmas Poinsettia Sale.  Keep checking out our website to get event updates!

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***Illinois law requires dogs & cats be provided food, water & shelter at all times. 

 ARF provides straw stuffed doghouses to low-income pet guardians & feral cat colony caregivers in Wayne County.

Contact ARF's "Roof Over Your Woof" Chairperson, Teresa Bullard,

618-842-2241 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Report Animal Abuse or Neglect to IL Dept Of Ag's:
Dorothy Williams at 217-524-3006
Neal Gelasko at 618-521-5243
or your local police dept. Reports remain confidential.

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"Our local shelter kills 100's of healthy cats & kittens every year simply due to a lack of forever homes. 

Adopt a shelter cat or kitten & save a life!