A.A.F. is a 501 C-3 not-for-profit corporation and one of
America's first no-kill and cageless animal shelters.
foundation is named after St. Francis of Assisi, the early
champion of animals.
here to see more pictures
of our wonderful facility!
is the proud recipient of recognition and award from the Chicago
Veterinary Medical Association. This organization presents
only three awards annually for outstanding work by humane
organizations. The AAF won this honor for the fourth time
Lake Chamber of Commerce, Crystal Lake, IL 60039
Assisi Animal Foundation (AAF) is dedicated to providing shelter, care and, when appropriate,
re-homing suitable animals to caring, permanent homes. We
abide by a no-kill policy, which allows for euthanasia only
under professional veterinary assessment, recommendation and
administration in cases of terminal illness which cause suffering,
in cases of injury too severe to repair, or in cases of such
severe aggression that it is a threat to other shelter residents
and caregivers is present.
The AAF is dedicated to educating
the public on such issues that impact on animal welfare, preservation
and protection, developing humane attitudes and compassion
in young people, providing a pet therapy program to nursing
centers and providing a continuing care program for dogs and
cats. The AAF is dedicated to improving and protecting
is further dedicated to supporting trap, neuter, and return (TNR)
programs to help alleviate and control the pet overpopulation
tragedy, and which will lead to the county where the AAF
offices are located becoming "no-kill."
founders of the Assisi Animal Foundation, I.L. Yarosh and
I. Linklater, are a mother and daughter team.
(Sadly, Mrs. Yarosh has passed away.) Mrs. Yarosh was a retired
business woman, and Mrs. Linklater was a teacher. Encountering
strays, giving them care, and providing homes had been a family
tradition, but the idea of the A.A. F. as an actual shelter
started in Chicago in the mid eighties with work toward legal
status. Then the search for a site began. The founders sold
a home they loved in Chicago, and moved to McHenry County.
Shortly, the first newsletter went out to a handful of friends
and animal lovers asking for support of the project.
their animal population increased. After some months, it was
evident they had to get started on construction, so personal
funds and modest donations were used to start renovations
on a small horse barn on the property. The contractor they
hired promised the project would be complete for Christmas
1987. The following March 1988, he abandoned the project,
left them with no materials, and had already been paid 80%
of the total project cost! To make it worse, when County inspectors
were called in, the founders were informed that the work was
substandard, in violation, and had to be torn down!
the initial shock, they realized there were just two alternatives
euthanizing the 150 animals living in their home and
accepting defeat, or remortgaging their home and property
for startup money once more and working to save the animals
and the dream! Obviously the first alternative was not acceptable.
Instead, they chose to tough it out and a full year later,
moved all the animals into their brand new building!
founders set about reclaiming and repairing the considerable
damage done to their home in the interim. The year was something
of a nightmare, but with interminable work, help from wonderful
people, and considerable personal debt, they were able to
save the animals, the dream, and open the countys first
no-kill, cageless shelter!
Animal Foundation is very proud of that, and of their numerous
programs that serve the community. We are a not-for-profit,
501(c)3, charitable organization with dreams of broadening
our work, our space, and the number of innocent lives we save.
Please contact us and help save a small life today. Thank