About Animal Care & Assistance Fund

Our Mission

ACAF's mission is for animals to experience a life of respect and be free from unnecessary suffering. Our objective is to offer pet owners in financial crisis an alternative to euthanasia when their pet faces a treatable, yet life-threatening condition. Companion pets are vital members of the family... we want to restore the quality of life for pets as well as their owner.


Organizational Goals


  • Host two Animal Blood Drives in 2013
  • Establish a Blood Bank for Animals - "Pets Giving Pets the Gift of Life"


  • Support Humane Research and Clinical Studies to control diseases and benefit long-term welfare of animals.
  • Establish an Ambulatory Care Service for animals.


Board of Directors

Animal Care and Assistance Fund (ACAF) is governed as a single, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization by a volunteer Board of Directors, and is managed from its offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Because the Fund is organized as a single organization rather than as separate local legal entities, ultimate responsibility for the operation of ACAF lies with its Board of Directors. Although the Board of Directors cannot delegate its broad legal and fiduciary responsibilities, it does delegate responsibility for day-to-day operations to the president and chief executive officer, who in turn delegates responsibilities to his management team.


Board Members and Officers of ACAF

Board Chair & President
Dr. Kenton D. Rexford - Partner, PVSEC

Board Vice Chair
Jamie Sarris - Co-Owner, Sarris Candies

Board Vice President
Dr. Robert Meeder - President, Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation

Celeste Kopf - Litigation Paralegal, Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., Animal Advocate

David J. DelFiandra - Attorney, Leech Tishman


Charles Aftosmis - Real Estate Developer

Laura Aftosmis - Real Estate Developer

Linda Bagley - Animal Advocate, Community Activist

Heather Cianfrocco - President and CEO, UnitedHealthcare

Anita Domalik - Counsel, Benefits and Employment, Mylan Inc.

Shea Murtaugh - President, Hoffmann Murtaugh Advertising

Alicia Passerin - Attorney, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP

Joseph Ross - Owner, Joseph M. Ross Professional Dog Training


Advisory Board

Victoria Berdnik - Animal Advocate

Bridget Fare - Assistant Vice President, Duquesne University Public Affairs

Kathy Newill - Board President, Action for Animals Humane Society

Val Porter - News Director, DVE Morning Show & Music Director, WDVE-FM

Suzy Silliman - Managing Director, Management Science Assoc. Inc.

Sally Wiggin - Network News Anchor, ABC Affiliate, WTAE

Kristy Wright - Health Care Consultant


Program Director

Jessica Balogh - jbalogh@animalcarefund.org