Advocates For Animal Rights (AFAR) is a 501c3 Companion Animal Rescue. AFAR has two locations: our first location is In the Beautiful State of Michigan, and our second location is in the Impressive State of Tennessee!

Our primary goal is to raise NO-KILL Companion Animal Sanctuary's at both sites, offering a safe haven to all homeless animals. They will have permanent, safe and loving place to live until a forever home for them is found. However, if a forever home is not readily available, the sanctuary will remain their home away from home until a forever home is found.



WE ADVOCATE- For Animals & Their Caregivers,

WE EDUCATE- On the Importance of Spaying or Neutering Your Animals,

WE CELEBRATE- The Lives of our Companion Animals and the Extraordinary Bond That We Share With Them!




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Baby & Patches

Baby (the black one) and Patches are ‘sister’ pit bulls, found along a back country road in rural Shiawassee County, MI. When we found them, they were both emaciated, cold, dripping wet and  frightened. It took all 5 of us 2 1/2 hours to catch them both. Oh yes, and did I mention that there was a pouring-rain thunderstorm the entire time! But anyway, we finally were able to catch them and then whisked them to an AFAR foster home. Both were afraid, but Baby seemed traumatized, terrified of humans. She turned out to be our little special needs girl. We are extra gentle with her. On the other hand, gregarious Patches loves everybody. It has taken a lot of time and work, but they are both doing well in their new forever home.

We have come to believe that both dogs escaped from a location where dogs are trained to fight. Baby has all the classic signs of being used as a bait dog.  A bait dog is used as a ‘sparing’ partner to the dog-in-training, with the difference being that when they fight it’s a fight to the death. The bait dog is chosen because of their inferior strength and skill level. The dog-in-training gains experience fighting dogs weaker then themselves. Additionally, they gain the skills and confidence necessary to continue fighting.  Patches, because of her size muscle tone, more than likely going to be used as a breeder. All of us at AFAR are glad to have them with us.

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