our mission

The Nike Animal Rescue Foundation (NARF) is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization founded in 1985 in San Jose, California.

NARF is dedicated to protecting the dogs and cats in our community. We strive to eliminate animal overpopulation through spay and neuter programs and public education. Our volunteers rescue and shelter cats and dogs in need and provide medical care while waiting to find their forever homes. Living at the foster homes allows us to give adopters a more complete background about their personality, in addition to how they get along with children and other animals. We are a NO KILL animal rescue organization.

A question we get often is “Are you affiliated with NIKE, the shoe company?” No. We are not affiliated in any way with Nike, Inc. For the touching story of how we got our name, visit our History page.

NARF is dedicated to protecting dogs and cats. We strive to eliminate animal overpopulation through spay and neuter programs and public education. Our volunteers rescue and shelter cats and dogs in need. We provide medical care and locate quality, permanent homes for these animals.

message from the president

Thank you for taking time to learn more about Nike Animal Rescue Foundation (NARF)!

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to cats and dogs in need and are run entirely by our fantastic volunteers. We were founded over 30 years ago and, because we don’t have a shelter, we rely solely on volunteer foster homes to love and care for our adoptable cats and dogs until they find their forever homes. In 2018, we expanded to the state of Washington with Nike North. We are currently holding dog adoption fairs twice a month in Vancouver, Washington.

You can meet these lovable cats and dogs at our adoption events held in various Silicon Valley locations, thanks to our amazing partners; Petco, Unleashed by Petco, and Pet Club.

For dates and locations, click here.

I personally connected with NARF thirteen years ago when my youngest daughter wanted to volunteer to work with the kittens. Over the years, I estimate we fostered over 30 kittens or cats in our home. In that time, we only had one “foster failure”: an animal that you fall in love with and can’t give up. Kodiak is still an important part of our family.

As a non-profit, we are funded solely by donations. In 2019, we are going to try something new: A Doggie Scavenger Hunt. This event will be held in Downtown Campbell, California, on May 4th. We are excited about this event. We are also planning an event for our feline loving fans in the fall. Please look for more information on these event in the coming months.

We also have several programs for our community. This includes a seniors’ program, medical assistance, spay & neuter assistance and more.

To learn more about community programs, click here.

There are a lot of ways that you and your family can volunteer:

Fostering: We are always looking for Foster Homes for our adoptable cats and dogs. As a Foster Family, you care for the dog or cat in your home and bring them to the pet fairs for potential adoptions. We rely on our Foster Families to help socialize the animals and get to know them; it helps us place our cats and dogs in the best home for all.

To keep up-to-date on all things NARF, please check back on our website and like us on Facebook.

Ann Keady
President, Nike Animal Rescue Foundation

our staff


  • Ann Keady - President
  • Marjorie Moehrke- Vice President
  • Dr. Barbara Lee - Secretary
  • Belinda Solovei- Treasurer

board members

  • Kathy O'Bryan - Director of Operations (Cats)
  • Christine Sies - Director of Operations (Dogs)
  • Linda Pope - Director of Dog Operations, Nike North (Washington)
    Jennifer Rakow- Website and Social Media
  • LaDonn DuBois
  • Marlow Antonucci
  • Maggie Polston
    Evonne Phelps