We’re happy to welcome Zino & Bellah to STAF! This adorable brother/sister pair came to us from a rural county shelter. Their family had surrendered them because they could no longer care for them. According to the family, Zino and Bellah have been best pals since birth, and usually sleep on top of each other. The family also shared that they are good with kids of all ages and other dogs. They’re about two years old and look like hound/lab mixes. Zino weighs 52 pounds, bigger than his sister who weighs just 32 pounds. They are both sweet and affectionate, and they love attention!


This laid-back lab mix was surrendered to an overcrowded rural county shelter, and STAF stepped in to give him a better shot at happily-ever-after. Andrew is 2 years old, 55 pounds, and has velvety chocolate and black fur. Unlike your typical lab, Andrew is super chill. He’s also a great walker – one of the best at the whole shelter!

Andrew can be a bit shy at first, but he loves to be petted and will lap up any attention you give him. He’s very sweet, and is good with other dogs. Our volunteers are ready to shower this good boy with all the love and care he can handle, until we find a great family to take over.


Trooper & Feisty

Trooper & Feisty were victims of terrible neglect. Although they lived in a home, they were in conditions that no cat should ever have to endure. When we got the call, we immediately jumped into action and got both of these senior cats to STAF. At 16 years old, they have a lot of medical conditions to sort out, but you know there is no better place than STAF to give them the best life possible. As they settle in, we are showing them the joy of a pampered life with STAF volunteers.



Displaced by a new puppy in the family, two-year-old Andy was frightened and a bit traumatized when he was first surrendered to our shelter … no doubt feeling like a little fish in our big shelter pond. But it didn’t take him long at all to settle in and make friends with our volunteers.

Andy’s former family tells us that he loves walks, enjoys playing fetch with squeaky toys, and sleeps quietly in his crate overnight. 




Petite and sweet GG has shown us the definition of courage and patience. Rescued by a woman in Pennsylvania, GG was looking for a home for months and found her way onto the STAF FeLV+ (feline leukemia virus) waiting list. Knowing this was GG’s chance for a lifetime of love and care in our Sanctuary, the woman drove GG all the way from Pennsylvania to STAF. This gorgeous grey girl is stealing hearts and will soon share space with some amazing cats that will welcome her with open paws!



Shelters and rescues are overflowing with young, intelligent, high-energy dogs like AthenaAs too often happens, Athena’s former family realized that their schedule and lifestyle are not conducive to raising an adolescent German Shepherd eager to engage her body and brain. So Athena is now sitting in a kennel at STAF, a perfect illustration of why rescues like ours go to such lengths to facilitate a good match between dog and family. In Athena’s case, that means someone with prior experience with this incredible breed … someone whose daily schedule and active lifestyle can accommodate her exercise and training needs … someone who understands “what love is” to a German Shepherd. Sound like you? Athena would love to meet you!



Candy, Feather, & Cotton are littermates that lived together in a loving home for 8-1/2 years. Their elderly owner had a change in her medical situation and could no longer care for them. Her family was unwilling to help so the poor woman contacted her vet to have them euthanized as she felt she had no other choice. Thankfully, the vet reached out to STAF and we were happy to accept these gorgeous and pleasantly plump siblings! Understandably nervous at first, they have all settled in under the gentle touch and loving care of our volunteers. We know the future is bright for this terrific trio!



It was a rough winter for this year-old, 40-pound hunk of lovin’. Adopted in December, Scooby was returned in February to an overcrowded county shelter. With a euthanasia date fast approaching, we’re so grateful that STAF was able to step in and give him a second chance. (Who loves life? Scooby do!) Here’s hoping that Spring brings Scooby a family as happy and affectionate as he is.





We recently got a call from a woman who had rescued Edison – a big, handsome, long-haired, gorgeous boy with a pretty serious injury to his neck. She took him to the vet with the plan of giving him a life of love. During his treatment he tested positive for the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV+), and she was not comfortable mixing him in with her cats at home. She reached out to STAF and we were happy to give him a second chance. Under the loving care of our medicators, Edison is healing very nicely and should be available for adoption soon.



Thank goodness a good Samaritan rescued this five-month-old pup off the streets … we’d hate to think of the world without such a rottie-ray of sunshine. Amelie was very nervous when she first arrived at our shelter, but is quickly making friends, both human and canine.

Anybody who has ever loved a rottie will not be surprised to hear that Amelie’s tough-girl exterior belies a marshmallow stuffing. With an irresistible puppydog gaze and super-soft fur, you’ll often find her snuggled up to a volunteer, content to just be close and hold paws. You are equally as likely to find her hanging with one of many pup-pals in the yard … she’s been a great playmate with every dog she’s met. Well-mannered on leash, Amelie is also a favorite walking companion for our volunteers.



Franklin, Freud, & Sagan are part of the amazing “Scientist” group – all rescued recently from the TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) site in Pleasant Plains. The cats that have come in from this group (STAF has rescued a total of 11) have all been incredibly friendly, and many have been adopted or are on hold for adoption. We know these three boys will follow in their footsteps. All very affectionate, we know they will be on the adoption board soon, too!



At only seven months old, Kadie has already lost two families—most recently a teenager who got this pup on a whim, without consent from her family. Now a full-fledged adolescent, Kadie has had no stability, no training, and no reason to believe that the humans she bonds with today won’t leave her tomorrow.

According to her former owners, Kadie lived with dogs, cats, and kids as young as 8 and did great with all of them. They also report that she is house-trained and crate-trained. She loves people and does reasonably well on leash.




Nick wandered into the yard of a volunteer and immediately wanted to come inside and make himself at home. This volunteer already had several cats that she had adopted and rescued and asked if we had room for Nick – we said yes to this little gentleman. He is sweet, outgoing, and very healthy, and we’re sure he will find a forever home as soon as he finishes his STAF medical protocols. This handsome boy will be ready for his forever home in just a few more weeks!



Luka is one big goofy lab who has a lot of love to give to one very lucky family. Luka came to STAF when he was left to fend for himself in an overnight drop pen at one of STAF’s county shelter partners. He was left with a brief note that gave his age and said that he is very friendly. Well from what we have seen of Luka since arriving at STAF, we have to agree that this lovable boy is a pleaser and is always looking to make a new friend.






Seranno is our newest STAF rescue, arriving recently when a family could no longer care for her. Upon meeting her, one of our volunteers said her personality was ‘spicy’ so she was named after a spicy pepper! Seranno managed to entice a ton of visitors to stop by and meet her at our last Brush-N-Fluff event. Active, inquisitive, vocal, and gorgeous are just a few words to describe this 4-month-old kitten.



A sweet boy with gorgeous eyes, Stan was living in a colony that was being managed by people associated with our TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) team. When it was discovered he had a wound on his side (from an unknown cause), he was taken to Town Square Animal Clinic where they cleaned and flushed the wound. While there, he tested positive for the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV+) and so he found his way to STAF! Our amazing medicators gave him the care he needed with medication and warm compresses to the wound. He has healed nicely and is scheduled for a dental exam soon.



Dobby is an adorable little guy who came to STAF after being surrendered by his owner to an over-crowded rural pound. Dobby is about 2 years old, 23 pounds, and definitely is a dachshund mix.

Dobby is very gentle and sweet, and has done very well meeting new people and new dog friends. Dobby loves to take walks, to be brushed, and is only too happy to climb on to your lap for butt and head rubs. He really enjoys playing in the yard with his STAF canine friends and cannot resist a game of tug o’ war with a volunteer and a rope toy:). 




Shadow shared the same colony space with Stan for many years. When Stan tested positive for the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV+), our TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) team went back to the colony to have Shadow tested, as well. Although we are sad that he also tested FIV+, we are so glad this beautiful cat is now with us, as well. Initially nervous in our vet room, this gentle giant quickly came around and is another member of our Ebony Sleek (black cat) Club! At just 4 years old, and healthy except for dental disease we will be addressing, we are sure this man will be one of our adoptable FIV+ cats.



Barrie is a sweet girl, named after the sister of the man who found her. Barrie had shown up on the man’s porch and was in pretty rough shape. Her good samaritan took her to the vet to make sure she was ok and we are very thankful to have this special little girl safe here at STAF. We think Barrie could be a mix of golden retriever and setter. She weighs around 30 lbs (could definitely afford to put on a few more) and our vet thinks that she is around 18 months old. Barrie has the BEST under-bite that we have ever seen and she is about as adorable as they come…utterly squeezable.



Julia was living on the streets and was part of another TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) effort that was managed by a STAF volunteer. When Julia was taken to be spayed, she tested positive for the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV+), and of course we agreed that she should immediately come to STAF. This gorgeous girl needs to put on a little weight and will be seen by our vet for next steps in her care plan. She hasn’t been with us long and is still a bit tentative, but we are showing her the special brand of TLC that STAF is so famous for!



This brindled beauty arrived at STAF recently from a rural county shelter. She had been found as a stray and sadly was never claimed. Magic is around 2 years old and weighs about 40 pounds. She looks like she could have some Australian cattle dog and possibly some shepherd in her mix. She has adorable antennae-like ears that can’t quite decide if they want to stand up or not! She’s so sweet and outgoing, and we were told by the county shelter that she is good with kids and other dogs.




Our talented artist Picasso came to us when we were contacted by a woman who had been caring for this outdoor cat with an injury to his neck. She was moving and wanted to be sure he was cared for, so of course we agreed to take him. This affectionate boy settled in immediately, and his wound is healing nicely with the help of a fashionable shirt to keep him from scratching it. He also has some dental issues and will be having a dental exam soon. This artistic and fashion-forward man is already on hold for adoption!



Welcome, Charlene & Tommy Lee! Charlene and her brother, Tommy Lee, are adorable hound mixes who recently took their freedom ride to STAF from a rural county shelter. Both about a year old, Tommy Lee is a handsome brindled boy and the larger of the two at around 45 pounds. His beautiful sister, Charlene, is smaller than her brother at around 32 pounds. These siblings absolutely love each other and can often be found playing together!

Charlene and Tommy Lee are sweet and loving and will wag their tails furiously if you so much as glance in their direction. They still have some puppy energy and are loving all the attention they’re getting from STAF volunteers. We are so happy to welcome Charlene and Tommy Lee to STAF, and we can’t wait to find these sweet pups their forever home!



Meet Monty! What can we say about Monty? This adorable kitten has never met a stranger, and it took about 15 seconds for every volunteer at STAF to fall head over heels in love with him! We are so grateful that another shelter reached out to us in January asking if we could take Monty when he tested FIV positive. Their shelter will not keep FIV+ cats and will not adopt them, so they would have had to euthanize him. Imagine that, a perfectly healthy 4-month-old kitten. Thank goodness we were able to save his life.

Monty is playful, active, precocious, and beyond adorable! Kittens often shed the FIV virus and we are extremely hopeful that at his next testing date in March, Monty will test negative. Either way, we are sure this little man will find a forever home!

If you would like to make a donation to help us continue to save more cats in need like Monty who deserve a chance at life, please donate to our Medical Fund today.



Miss Molley is an adorable and tiny (15 lbs) little beagle girl who was found running loose as a stray on a family farm. The family contacted the local shelter and sadly no one was looking for Molley. Molley’s guardian angel family noticed a large bite wound on her hip that had abscessed and they knew immediately that she needed to see a veterinarian. They took Molley to the vet where she had surgery to repair the wound as well as get her first set of vaccinations. Thankfully Molley’s wound responded to the surgery and treatment and she hardly missed a beat:).

Molley is your typical beagle who loves to run and play and play and run. The family said that Molley did well with the family cat during her stay with them. Beagle lovers will understand that Molley has a lot of energy, is super smart and  need to be watched outside in a fenced yard since beagles typically dig and climb!


Our sweet Gingerbread came to STAF’s attention when several volunteers saw a posting on Facebook that this young FeLV positive cat was going to be euthanized by a Kentucky shelter in a matter of days. We are one of the only shelters in the region that will give sanctuary, and a lifetime of TLC, to cats that have tested FeLV positive. We gladly stepped in to help, and one of our volunteers drove four hours to bring Gingerbread safely back to the loving care of STAF.

Gingerbread napped during the entire trip to STAF, knowing she was safe in the care of her special volunteer. This gorgeous one-year-old cat is active, playful, and very excited to be with us. From the first day, she was welcoming all visitors and head-butting with gusto! We are so happy to have her with us.

If you would like to make a donation to help us continue to save more cats in need like Gingerbread who deserve a chance at life, please donate to our Medical Fund today.


Ben Ben arrived at STAF when a woman came to the shelter saying she could no longer keep him, pushed him out of her car, and drove off. Ben Ben arrived in bad shape: he was seriously underweight, riddled with parasites, missing fur, never bathed, and had nails so long he could barely walk. We are very thankful to have him safe at STAF!

In just a short period of time at STAF, Ben Ben looks like a completely different dog. He’s put on a few pounds, had a bath, was treated for parasites, and even had a puppy manicure! It’s obvious that STAF is the best home he has ever known. Ben Ben looks to be a setter/border collie mix and our vet estimates him to be around two years old.

Ben Ben is an energetic, playful boy, and with lack of training, he doesn’t quite know the difference between playing with people and dogs. We’ve seen great progress with his new training and this boy is over-the top-smart! He quickly mastered basic obedience commands and has been transformed into a wonderful walking partner.


Angela was brought to our door in some pretty major distress. This pregnant mama cat was barely more than a kitten herself and she was ready to have her kittens at any moment. The person that found her outside was desperate to find a place for her and we of course took her in and whisked her immediately to one of our foster homes. In less than 48 hours, Angela gave birth to 7 healthy kittens in a safe, warm, and experienced foster home environment. Mama Angela and the kittens – Asher, Aidan, Ada, August, Aster, Aspen, and Aretha – are all thriving. We rescued 1 and saved 8!


This month also brought us the adorable and courageous Laurel. This kitten was brought to us with a terrible injury to her leg and was immediately rushed to our vet. Severely dehydrated, covered in fleas, and unable to walk, she would have never made it on her own outside. After thorough evaluation and consideration of all options, our vet and volunteers determined that due to the severity of her injuries, Laurel would do best with her leg removed. Laurel is back at the shelter and is doing incredibly well! Fortunately kittens heal quickly, especially when they are surrounded by volunteers that are spoiling them ALL day long (that is no exaggeration!).


Jem came to us from a rural Ohio shelter that is often full to overflowing. Jem was picked up as a stray on a county road and was not claimed. He’s a very friendly and curious boy who loves people and other dogs. Jem is not quite sure about being on a leash, but he loves to walk so he’s catching on to this new experience.

We think Jem is a German Shepherd mixed with something smaller; he has black spots on his tongue, and when he’s happy his tail curls up over his back. He’s a happy boy just waiting for a family to love!


Say hello to the adorable and incredibly brave Miss Lucky! If ever a cat earned their name, it is this kitten (although ask us some time about how Lucky in room 10 got his name).

Miss Lucky was desperate and alone on the streets and was literally hours from death. One of our volunteers found her and thank goodness she offered to foster her and give the round-the-clock specialized care Miss Lucky needed to survive. She was starving, severely dehydrated, and had a horrible eye infection.

The before and after pictures are a testament to the strength and fortitude of this kitten and the incredible resolve of her foster mom to give this special kitten a chance at life. Miss Lucky is quite the charmer and we can’t wait for you to meet her!


Adorable little Evie came to STAF recently from a rural county shelter. She had been left in the drop pen of that shelter with a dirty pillowcase and a bag of puppy food, but there was no other information provided. As is the case with so many dogs that come from county shelters, we start with a clean slate.

Evie is a bit shy at first, but once she warms up she is very playful and spunky! She’s good with other dogs and cats and is quickly making new friends at STAF. She is 8 months old, weighs just 8 pounds, and looks like a Schnauzer/Terrier mix. We don’t know her history or why she ended up in that shelter drop pen, but we’re enjoying getting to know her and we look forward to helping her find a wonderful forever family!


Walter was an outdoor cat that was fending for himself with some help from a number of humans in the neighborhood. When he was found lying down and unable to stand up, one of those humans rushed him to the emergency vet. STAF was soon called to help out due to the seriousness and urgency of Walter’s medical needs. We were happy to help and we are so glad Walter is now getting the best care possible with us.

Walter has gained 1-1/2 pounds since his arrival! We are confident we can manage Walter’s medical needs and we look forward to the day he is ready for the next positive step in his journey – adoption to a forever home!


This beautiful pair came in together. We’re not sure if they are related, but they are certainly very bonded to each other.

STAF helps a number of rescue groups who pull dogs from bad situations, or county shelters, where the dogs have little to no chance of getting out alive. Robin and Joker started out as rescues in Alabama in January 2017, then Tennessee, then Kentucky. A rescue was supposed to take them last summer, but backed out, and the boys were put into boarding care. Big hounds are often discarded by hunters if they do not do well in the field.

STAF reached out to help, because it seemed that the boys had no future, and no one was interested. Both of these boys are sweet-natured; but life in a shelter can be stressful, and Joker is not settling in as well as Robin. For that reason, we have them together in a quiet room. And, as if their harrowing journey was not enough, we were devastated to find out that both tested positive for Heartworm. STAF volunteers are working around the clock to make sure these boys come through this and enjoy a long, healthy, and happy life together.


During the bone-chilling early days of January, we got a call about a cat in serious trouble in a yard in a Cincinnati suburb. One of our volunteers, who knew the area as she was doing

TNR work there, rushed to see what she could do as the caller thought the cat had already died due to exposure. Thankfully, Grayson had the strength to hang on as she transported him to our vet for the medical care that saved his life. After two days of intensive care at our vet, Grayson came to STAF for his daily (and many extra) doses of extreme love from our volunteers!

We are so relieved that Grayson has turned the corner in a major way! He seeks attention, loves to make biscuits, and is eating up a storm. Which is a little surprising after our vet advised he has severe dental disease. Next step for Grayson is a trip to the kitty dentist as soon as he is well enough for surgery. Then…. Hello, Forever Home!


Giles is a very interesting and unusual mix. We think he may be a combination of Great Dane, St. Bernard, Collie and Boxer. He is around 18 months old and 73 lbs. Giles was in danger at a full pound, and especially as a larger dog his chances for adoption were slim and Giles was on the list. STAF knew we needed to help this guy, so we stepped in to give him the best chance possible at finding his forever home.

Giles is around 18 months and at 73 lbs he is a big and happy boy! He is a very friendly, loves to give hugs and never says no to playtime. He gets along well with other dogs and also does well in the car. Giles just might be that dog co-pilot who takes that cross-country car trip you’ve been dreaming about!

Giles is a clever boy- he even knows how to sit and give his paw. One look into his stunning blue eyes is sure to melt your heart, and we can’t blame you! Come on by to fall for his baby blues and friendly personality.


Addy is a gorgeous red-brown hound mix (probably Redbone Coonhound and Bloodhound.) This lovely girl has some of the longest velvety ears we’ve ever seen! She turned up at a high kill county pound and unfortunately we have very little background information on her. She came to STAF at an emaciated 43 lbs., but we are very happy to say that she is already starting to gain back some healthy weight.

Addy is a big puppy, about a year old. She is lively, talkative, and has a great deal of energy; she is also very sweet and curious. Addy loves any and all human interaction and prefers spending time in the company of her peeps – she just wants to give and receive love!





Miki, a three-year-old American Eskimo mix, came to STAF by way of a rural county shelter. This gorgeous little man had been dumped in a drop box with no indication of his history. He was scared, absolutely filthy, and had an untreated wound on his face.

As soon as he arrived at STAF, the clumps of matted hair had to be cut away, and Miki was lovingly given the bath he desperately needed. A couple of vet visits were in order, and we are happy to say Miki is healing well.

Next on his agenda – a professional grooming to improve his already good looks and a neuter so he will be ready for his forever home. We know our sweet Miki is going to live a joyful life!


Toni was desperate and living on the streets when she was spotted by one of our volunteers. It was clear Toni was in serious trouble. She immediately went to our vet where she was estimated to be nine months old and severely underweight.

Little Toni had fleas, ear mites, some very painful teeth, and both nasal and ear polyps. To say she needed our help is a huge understatement. Toni had successful dental and polyp surgery last month and she is recovering well and gaining some much needed weight.

Our special Care Corps team is helping to socialize Toni as she isn’t quite ready to trust us. We are thankful she is starting to realize her future is bright and her past is far behind her. We hope Toni will soon be ready for adoption!



Sweet Tugger made his way to STAF after being left in a county shelter drop pen. Tugger is a Foxhound mix and around 2 years old. The folks at the previous shelter told us that Tugger is “very lovable, very friendly, loves people and belly rubs!” Well we have to agree, since arriving at STAF, that’s exactly what we have seen with Mr. Tugger. Such a wonderful dog!  

Tugger cherishes his long walks with the STAF volunteers. Being a Foxhound, he is joyful on walks and happily takes in what we may take for granted; every new smell and every new sight is a gift to Tugger. We can also see that he appreciates being at STAF, you can see the “thank you” in his eyes.


The “H” kittens came to STAF in pretty poor shape. They were living with many other cats and weren’t able to get the medical attention they so desperately needed. They had fleas, worms, eye infections, and fevers. All shied away from affection having never known the gentle hand of a human. There are 5 kittens from at least 2 litters, ranging in size from just 14 ounces to nearly 4 pounds. From what we know, the “mom” may or may not be the actual mother of any of them. But they’re an adorably bonded little family nonetheless.

Their chances would have been grim at a kill shelter. Sickly and scared are not a good combination when space and funds are limited. But in just a week, most of their eyes are getting better. Feather toys, canned food and lots of determination are helping them learn to trust people. They still have a long way to go, but now they’re on the path to success.


Little Harvey (just around 20 lbs.) was found as a stray. The Good Samaritan who found Harvey searched high and low to find his home but sadly no one was looking for him. Well, we at STAF are happy to have Harvey join us, and it is now our mission to find this little guy his home of a lifetime.

Harvey is very fortunate that he has a STAF volunteer that takes him for regular visits to her home where he can get a little R&R, but more importantly burn off some of the Rat Terrier energy playing with the volunteer’s lab mix. Let’s just say this boy LOVES to play! Harvey has quite a few admirers at STAF and a volunteer that says Harvey is a great running partner. Harvey does great with other dogs and truly loves having a buddy (whether it is human or canine!) for playtime, running, bonding or napping. Harvey enjoys them all! Harvey’s estimated birth date is October 2015.


The team at STAF is thrilled to have had the opportunity to say “yes!” to Gaby, one of our newest special needs residents. Gaby was an outdoor cat who suddenly appeared in a local neighborhood a few months back. A wonderful group of neighbors were caring for her, and had taken her to the vet on several occasions.  Having recently noticed a change in her behavior, they scheduled another one of those vet visits and were told she was losing her eyesight – at the young age of three.

Lucky for Gaby, one of those caring neighbors was familiar with STAF and our penchant for helping special needs animals. We immediately agreed to take her in and give her the medical care she needed, whatever that may be. She has since been to our vet and was given a clean bill of health, and referred to see an eye specialist to see if there was anything to be done to improve her sight.  The eye specialist visit ended in a further referral to a neurologist – an appointment which is coming up soon.

While all of our fingers and paws are crossed for a treatable diagnosis, Gaby can feel safe either way, knowing that we will be honored to provide her a home at STAF. If Gaby’s vision loss cannot be reversed, we know that she will be a fantastic new addition to our blind kitty haven, Wonderland – named for Stevie Wonder and home to many Wonder-ful vision impaired cats over the years.  Please join us in extending a warm, furry welcome to Gaby, we are so happy to provide this sweet girl with everything she needs!