Fresh in the News (see further down this column for more):
We have new T–shirts with the AARF logo; they’re available in different colors. You know about the symbolism of our logo right? If not:
The AARF logo shows three animals on a yellow life raft: a small black and white kitten, a larger brown dog with a collar (a symbol of good animal care practice) and a small black and white dog.
Gray clouds suggest an urgent need to find good homes for these animals.
The raft (floating on blue waves representing the Caribbean sea surrounding Anguilla) shows that these animals have protectors in AARF and its many supporters.
Finally, the sun peeks out from behind the clouds, signifying hope for these deserving animals.
- 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.)
- Now that Second Chances has been running for a while, we are gathering information on what is popular and therefore what we would like to have at the store. In particular, if you have old 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!
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:
- Layla — puppy
- Anuschka — female puppy, 6 weeks old
- Azura — female puppy, 6 weeks old
- Toni — male puppy, 8 weeks old
- Pika — female puppy, 7 weeks old
- Ryka — female puppy, 7 weeks old
- Sacha — female puppy, 7 weeks old
Kittens and cats at the shelter:
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
Sadly, the U.S. government has recently made some changes to the pet importation regulations that severely restrict the importation of puppies. They are trying to control rabies and bad puppy mills but have affected small rescue groups such as AARF as well. For the time being, we are unable to send any puppies to the US. We are hoping it’s temporary but it’s not looking positive at this point. We can send older puppies but they would be too big to travel in the cabin of the plane and would have to go cargo, which pretty much limits them to American Airlines flights at certain times of the year (due to temperature restrictions).
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 pets and puts them up for adoption.
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
Are you in the New Jersey area?
Island Puppy Rescue often has puppies in foster care.
Go to Island Puppy Rescue for full descriptions and adoption information.
Older News Items
- Vet Clinic hours are now: Monday–Friday from 9:30 a.m. until noon / 3:30–5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. until noon. We have full time emergency services now.
- 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)
Direct Hit by Hurricane Gonzolo but all Shelter guests safe
By now everyone has heard that Hurricane Gonzolo made a direct hit on Anguilla. We were fortunate to get updates and reports from Steve Donahue and Roy Peacock who runs the excellent Anguilla Tropical Weather Facebook page.
After passing right over Anguilla (the eye made a direct hit), power lines were down all over the island, people were due to be without power for days (and internet and wired communications for much longer than that.
The AARF shelter on the Easter end of the island was without power for a few days, although it was been cleaned up of all the water and mess inside thanks to amazing efforts by the Morlens crew! The animals are all safe.
Our Second Chances Thrift store took damage too, mainly to the grounds and our very nice donation box, which was torn apart. After many hours, the box has been repaired and is back in service.
Click on the collage photo at right to see a before photo of the Second Chances store on the Catholic church grounds (upper left), followed by after photos, as well as satellite photos of the hurricane over Anguilla.
Per Steve Donahue:
Gonzalo was a Category 1 hurricane when it passed over Anguilla at 8:00 pm on October 13th, with the lowest pressure for the storm at 984.8. Reports had the eye was passing over for about 20–30 minutes and the wind died down and the rain pretty much stopped. Highest wind recorded on the West End was 72 mph at 8:55 from the WSW. Rain estimate was about 5 inches.
(There were estimates of winds speeds as high as 85 mph on other parts of Anguilla.)
One person reported that during the hurricane water was forced in through keyholes.
The next day, Barnes Bay was rough but beach seemed OK, Maundays Bay had some erosion, but not as bad as in the past.
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. Then you should see something like this graphic at the top left of your page — the AmazonSmile logo, supporting AARC and of course, your account should all appear:
Then bookmark that page , and then use AmazonSmile for all your shopping from here on out.
Ready to go? Just use the Get started button below to link yourself with us as your charity of choice (you can choose any charity you like at any time).
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.
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 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
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.
Our history is summarized in an article covering our our ten year anniversary (we turned 10 in 2010).
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 runs several times a year and 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.
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 from any official 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.