Recent News items are further down on this page in our expanded News section.
Second Chances Thrift store Summer Hours
For July, due to lack of volunteer staff, Second Chances will be open Tuesday and Friday from 9am until noon; the store will be closed all of August. Donations ,of course will be dearly, gratefully and thankfully accepted at any time (use the the little house shaped donation box at the Catholic church). For more about Second Chances, please see here.
Design Contest for New Graphic
We are having a design contest for a new graphic to put on new shirts and other AARF merchandise.
The winner gets US$50, a shirt with the new design and fame. Details here. (Or click on the image to the right.)
The contest ends July 31th at 5pm Atlantic Standard Time.
Available for Adoption
Give a forever home to one of our great puppies, kittens, cats and dogs! They’re shown below in order of arrival; those at the top have been in the shelter the longest.
Dogs and puppies at the shelter:
- Starlet — female puppy, 6 weeks old
Kittens and cats at the shelter:
- Caprice — female kitten, 6 weeks old
- Cayenne — female kitten, 6 weeks old
Note: For larger images and more information, click on any thumbnail image that has a visible border or go directly to our Available page.
Other Rescue Sites with Anguilla Puppies and Kittens
Sometimes you don’t have to travel to Anguilla to adopt. Your new island dog, cat, kitten or puppy may be closer than you think!
In the New Jersey area, Island Puppy Rescue (IPR) often has puppies of ours that were transported by helpful AARF friends. Also in the USA (in Southern Connecticut), The Animal Experts takes dogs and cats and puts them up for adoption. And in the Chicago area, we have R&R Rescue, a new nonprofit run by Renee and Rosalie, former Anguilla residents.
R&R Rescue in Chicago
The Animal Experts in Southern Connecticut
Are you in Connecticut? Elena, with The Animal Experts in southern Connecticut, is an AARF rescue partner. She finds forever homes for kittens as well as puppies.
Island Puppy Rescue in New Jersey
In the New Jersey area, Island Puppy Rescue often has puppies in foster care.
Older News Items
“Paws for a Cause” Shelter Improvement Project Update
A huge thank you to all AARF Supporters who supported our “Paws for a Cause” event, one of our Shelter Improvement fundraising events.
Our big shelter project this year is an enclosed outdoor play area that will give our puppies and older dogs a chance to spend some time outside and enjoy our beautiful island breezes.
In the past, we've added electricity, ceiling fans, lights, nice large dog runs, cat condos and play areas, anti–mosquito screens and more.
The winning “paws” were drawn at the AARF Shelter on Tuesday afternoon. They have all been notified and and their prizes are below. Please visit, shop with or buy from our many patrons who donated items for the Auction. Items such as these:
- Balinese Massage at SRI Spa — Pamela
- Balinese Massage at SRI Spa — Sandra C
- Barrel Stay Dinner for two — Alycia H
- Beach BBQ (Cap Juluca) — Kathie B
- Cuisinart Round of Golf for 4 — Lacey C
- Mangos — Lunch for two — Bud B
- Picante — Gift Certificate $70 — Sandra G
- Straw Hat — Gift Certificate $100 — Chris & Sue M
- Sunset Beach Ride — Jennine M
- WiFi Radio — Ann R
Thank you to everyone who came out for the Ladies Lunch at CuisinArt’s Tokyo Bay restaurant, which raised $2,100 for AARF! Besides the luncheon, there were many many great items at the auction (click here) for auction photos and descriptions. Items up for auction included:
- CuisinArt Golf and Spa Resort
- 2 round trip tickets, Anguilla to San Juan with Seaborne Airlines
- Calypso Ferries — 4 seats on sunset cruise
- Nvie Boutique — Dida Handbag
- Petals Boutique — $50 voucher
- Wooden Sculpture by Paul Corfield
- Original painting by Joanne Mason
- Arthur Court Stainless steel carving set
- Hand crafted quilt by Carol Richardson
- Massage from Jill Walker
- 2 Limoges ring holders
- Jewel Art, Anguilla
- Barry Moser Prints
- Cut and Blow Dry from Zimzala Salon and Boutique
- Great news: the CDC has added Anguilla to its official list of rabies–free countries. This means it is again easier for people to adopt AARF puppies and bring them home to the U.S. New APHIS rules still apply. If you are planning a trip to Anguilla from the States, think about bringing a furry friend back with you! Email us — we have the details.
- We have new T–shirts with the AARF logo (available in different colors). We have other great merchandise too.
- Travelers bringing pets to Anguilla via St. Maarten (SXM) are now required to obtain a permit from the St. Maarten government. Further information, including an application for the permit, may be obtained from the Inspection Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. (That’s the Inspection Department TEZVT – LVV (Landbouw, Veeteelt en Visseri) by the way.)
- Second Chances would like DVDs in working condition.
- We have new T–shirts with the AARF logo; they’re available in different colors
- Second Chances would love to get DVDs in working condition and don’t want them any more, we would happily take them.
- Amazon shoppers — shop at Amazon Smile to have Amazon donate to us. There is no cost to you and your Amazon shopping experience is exactly the the same! Get all the details here). Now go look for those deals — and have Amazon send us 0.5% of the purchase price of your items!
- Shop Amazon Smile; use your existing Amazon account and Amazon (not you) donates a portion of its profit to AARF. (more).
- We have sent so many puppies, dogs, kittens and cats to the USA and Canada that we decided to highlight some of them in a photo gallery. See the navigation bar to the left for the new menu item. See our Adoption Basics page for all the details on adopting and taking a kitten or puppy home.
- Newspapers, we need newspapers! Puppies do what puppies do and they do it a lot. We should call them poopies… If you have newspapers that you can donate, just drop them off at the shelter during any open hours. Thank you.
- We have donated soft pet carriers, but need couriers to bring them to us. We will mail them to you in advance. (details)
- Got usable crates? We'd love them! (more).
- Volunteers always welcome and highly appreciated! (details).
- Our position on the dolphinarium (below).
Shopping at Amazon? AARF can get a donation (Amazon donates, not you)
If you shop at Amazon, you can do so with no changes to you (all prices, shipping etc. are exactly the same as if you went through your normal Amazon portal), but in this case, Amazon will donate a percentage (0.5%) of the purchase price to AARF (AARC).
Your shopping experience with Amazon remains the same: prices, shipping, lists, in fact your entire experience.
You personally are not donating anything, so there is zero impact to your wallet; the prices Amazon charge are exactly the same.
Just shop as you do now, and Amazon does the rest. Learn more about the program.
You can even bookmark AmazonSmile instead of your regular Amazon bookmark. Simply go to smile.amazon.com, and make sure you are logged in to your regular Amazon account.
Once you have set AARC as your charity, you should see something like this graphic at the top left of your page — the AmazonSmile logo, text showing you are supporting AARC and of course, your account information:
Need Couriers to Bring Donated Carriers to Anguilla
Are you coming to Anguilla? Would you be willing to bring some soft pet carriers to us? These are carriers we have used in our Puppy Express program. We need them back after the puppies have been delivered so that we can use them again.
Since shipping items to Anguilla is quite expensive, we are hoping to find some travelers willing to bring us the carriers. Our donor will mail them to you. You don’t have to do anything except receive them in the mail and then bring one or two to us!
If you can bring one or two or more, we would be very grateful.
If you can help, send us an email at our main email address.
pet carriers and crates needed
Do you have usable pet carriers/crates you don’t need any more? AARF has a crate rental program (for the plastic ones), which is very useful for people who don’t have their own carriers and need one to transport their newly adopted puppy or bring in their kitten for follow up vaccinations.
Somehow these rental crates tend to disappear and we don’t have many right now. If you have an older but still usable carrier that you no longer need, please consider donating it to AARF; we could definitely use it.
From time to time we have a need for volunteers to do things like:
If you are interested in helping, please either send an email to our General email account or call the shelter at 476.2731. The shelter phone is only staffed when a volunteer is on duty, but it has voicemail. So leave a message if we’re not there and we’ll get back to you.
We have been asked about the dolphinarium at Blowing Point. Here is our position on the issue.
We (and Morlens Vet Clinic) are open:
- Mon–Fri: 9:30 am–12:30 pm and
- Mon–Fri: 3:30–5:30 pm
- Sat: 9:30 am–1:00 pm
- AARF: (264) 476–2731
- Morlens: (264) 581–4600
Quick link to more contact information.
Welcome to AARF
The Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation (AARF) is a non–profit organization dedicated to the welfare of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens on the Caribbean island of Anguilla.
Founded in September 2000, we are 100% unpaid and 100% volunteer–driven with an adoption center and rescue shelter (map) located within Anguilla’s only veterinary clinic.
Anguilla is a very small island which lies about 140 miles east of Puerto Rico. It’s very small — only 16 miles long by 3 miles wide. The land area is about 35 square miles, or about 91 km2. (If you want to learn more about Anguilla, here are a few pointers to more bits of information.)
The population is about 14,000 and the ratio of pets to those owners wanting pets is very high. Most people who want a pet have one, but there are many animals available.
And what great dogs and cats we have! Because of mixing over time, our dogs and cats are smart, have excellent personalities and are great looking too. They are in such great demand that dozens each year are adopted by visitors, and once their friends meet out about them, by their friends.
AARF History and Quick Tour
Founded in 2000, our history is summarized in an article covering our our ten year anniversary.
We have a short 3 minute video that shows our shelter. Links to various sizes and formats are lower down on this page in this column.
Promote the welfare of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens on Anguilla.
We work to accomplish that mission via several activities and programs. Specifically, we:
- Maintain an adoption center and rescue shelter that takes in unwanted animals.
- Provide for adoptions of healthy animals at a reasonable cost.
- Socialize incoming animals to make them adoptable.
- Educate the public in the humane treatment and care of animals. In particular, we have an education program that visits school children with a classroom presentation several times a year and we publish articles in the nation’s newspaper and tourist literature.
- Attempt to reduce the population of unwanted animals through education and by providing spay and neuter surgery to new adopters and with targeted Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) programs. We provide for need–based spays and neuters on a case by case basis. Our Spay and Neuter program is making a tangible difference: even repeat visitors have commented on the difference!
More About AARF
We are an established non–profit corporation and have a subsidiary corporation in Florida (the Anguilla Animal Rescue Corporation or AARC) that has been granted U.S. 501(c)(3) status.
We receive no funding at all from any source; 100% of our budget comes from donations, fundraisers and the sale of a small amount of merchandise. Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) minutes talk about our finances and accomplishments. Our most current one is here.
If you would like to help, please see our How to Help page.
We have a PayPal account linked to AARC to make it easy to donate (and allowing for tax deduction) to AARF.
Click on the graphic on the navigation bar on this and many of our main pages. It’ll lead to our revamped “How to Help AARF” page. Thanks very much in advance to for wanting to help AARF.
Contact us if you have any questions or comments.
Also, please join our low–volume, one–way announce aarfupdate email list, which provides up to the minute information about happenings. We also have a two–way forum on Facebook for everyone to post news and items of interest.
We Have a Video!
We have a short video that describes us and shows our shelter. See it in various sizes (smallest to largest):
- Mobile (480 x 720), 7.5 MB
- High Quality (640 x 360), 17.4 MB
- High Definition (1280 x 720), 53 MB
- Huge (1920 x 1080), 68.7 MB
- Or see it on Vimeo
The video was generously done for us by Encyclomedia while they were here on Anguilla filming another project.
Web Site Notes
Click on images with a thick gray border (such as the one around Sandy the dog above) for an enlargement or for more information.