Our Story & Mission

Started in 2018, the history of AARF may be short but the experience of those creating it and its core volunteers have over 7 years of experience in animal rescue. Our mission, “Saving One By One, Until There Are None” is also not new but we are committed to making that happen.  The donation of ten acres with a beautiful barn and pastures with fencing gave us a vision.  It should have a western town theme so we built doggie “bunkhouses” where they have lots of freedom and playmates.  Our barn has a meet/greet room, a volunteer room, an office and much more. It has all worked and we continue to build on that theme.


Our residents come from owner-surrenders, strays found by good Samaritans, overcrowded shelters, neglected or abusive situations, wherever we can help. We also have a foster program which has cared for many puppies, some as young as five days old.  We always do home visits before adoption.


Rescues share a common mission and the sad fact is there are too many animals needing us.  We believe in spay-neuter and education.  We believe there should be more consequences for abuse and neglect.  AARF is needed for many reasons and we must depend on the public for support. 


We love to share our stories and successes so please follow us on our website or “like” us on Facebook.  Sign up for our e-Newsletters containing many of our Happy Tails and information about AARF events and happenings.

A Dream Became A Reality

Once upon a time, there was a woman named Liz Stegmeir. She knew she had a calling in life to dedicate herself to rescuing animals and to one day fulfill her dream of running her own rescue. She had the experience, having successfully managed the canine rescue at Circle L Ranch for 9 years until their canine division closed it’s doors.  She had the support from past staff and volunteers and there was a desperate need in the Prescott community for a new rescue.  

Shortly after, with the generous donation of 10 acres and the support of her Circle L team and past volunteers, her dream came true and a new rescue was established - AARF Animal Rescue & Sanctuary.  AARF offers adoption, rescue and sanctuary to dogs and cats in need.  

Work began on this amazing 10 acre property with barn and fenced pastures, a “tiny” house, and a beautiful view, to transition to a dog and cat rescue/sanctuary.  Located in Poland Junction near Mayer, we are your “neighbors”. Our mission is simple. Rescue one by one...Until there are none..

Fundraising, Donations and Volunteers, as well as public awareness and support are critical to continuing our mission. Donations both monetary and  of materials will insure the success of this dream.  Please call  928.925.7219 for more information. We welcome visitors (with notice, by appointment). You may share the journey with us at aarfanimalrescue@ gmail.com or on our Facebook page.


Liz Stegmeir



6639 S. Country Rd., Mayer, Az  86333

EIN: 83-0969545

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday - Saturday:  9am-5pm

Sunday - Monday: Closed

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