Kim Holbrook

Board of Directors

I started volunteering with AARF in 2005, when I became aware of the homeless pet problems, shortly after moving to the area. I have stayed with AARF because of our commitment to the animals, not the need to be the biggest, or have the most adoptions every month. AARF's commitment to every animal is for life, that's why we do more rigorous screening than most other rescue groups. It may seem like overkill to some people, but we do what we feel is best for each pet, every time.  


We strive to accomplish our mission through four main objectives: foster humane ownership, eliminate euthanasia, promote adoption,  and increase spay/neuter

Jeff Prisant

​Program Coordinator
Jeff helps manage the store and take care of the pets at AARF Pet Central. He also attends outreach and fundraising events.

Wendy Gansereit

Advisory Board

Andrea Harrison

Board of Directors

My husband and I visited AARF to adopt a cat and I never left. Susan and Brooke impressed me with their sincerity and dedication to improving the lives of all pets. AARF changes the lives of pets and the people who love them, I'm glad to be a part of that!

Kappy Bowers

Advisory Board

mission & vision

The mission of Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends, Inc. is to end pet overpopulation. 

Madison Giles

Marketing and Social Media Coordinator
Madison manages our marketing and social media outreach. She works with the media to raise awareness about AARF and animal welfare.

AARF Pet Central is the home of (AARF) Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends. We are located in the heart of Stone Mountain Village, just a few blocks from Main Street, and within easy access to Highway 78 and I-285. We’re open 7 days a week, including late hours on weekdays.

We have a cat adoption center at AARF Pet Central, where 10-12 cats live while they wait for their forever homes. They share 350 sq feet of open space, with plenty of climbing shelves, cat trees and a big window to watch the world. On the weekends, our foster dogs come in for adoption days – check the calendar for upcoming adoption events.

The proceeds from the pet retail store, DIY dog baths and training and educational classes held at AARF Pet Central support AARF’s foster and adoption programs.

Brooke Martin

Director of Operations
Brooke manages the day-to-day operations of AARF and AARF Pet Central.

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AARF History

2002 - AARF was founded as a rescue and adoption program.

2005 - Casper's Fund Spay/Neuter Program was launched and began subsidizing spay/neuter surgeries for low-income pet owners.

2011 - AARF Pet Central opens.

2012 AARF celebrates 10 years!

2016 - AARF launches SMV Healthy Pets Program.

Tiffany Painter

Board of Directors

Susan Leisure, AARF Director

​2002 - present

Jacklyn Montero

Board of Directors


Our programs include an active foster/adoption program, spay/neuter program for low-income pet owners, and outreach and education programs.

Mandy McManus

​Program Coordinator
Mandy manages our volunteer programs and leads outreach events, including our Be a Tree dog bite prevention program.

Working with AARF has been both the hardest and easiest job I have ever had. I have been able to spend my days doing something that I feel so passionately about, and I am incredibly grateful for the community support of AARF's programs.

Meet the AARF team