The Animal Refuge Center (ARC) is a private, non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organization and sanctuary located in North Fort Myers, Florida. In the 29 years since ARC's inception in 1988, ARC has grown to become the largest no-kill sanctuary located in Southwest Florida and services Lee and surrounding counties. Our mission focus is to reduce the homeless pet population and euthanasia rates in our area through education, outreach, community programs, and collaboration with other animal welfare government and non-government organizations. ARC does not euthanize for behavior or treatable illnesses/injuries and often takes in animals in need of urgent or prolonged medical care. All cats and dogs who make their way to ARC are spayed or neutered (if needed), chipped, receive necessary shots and medical attention, receive behavior training, and have a home for life if not adopted.