Fresh in the News (see further down this column for more):
- New kittens and a nice older puppy have arrived. See below
- Extreme Cuteness alert! Ready to adopt Anguillian Puppies in Connecticut and New Jersey! see below and follow the links to their sites.
- Congratulations to Janet Finegan, our 2013 Volunteer of the Year!
- AARF had its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 9th at 5.30pm at Roy’s Bayside Grill. Minutes of that meeting will be posted and announced on this page.
- Older News (more)
Available for Adoption
Lovely kittens, puppies and dogs are here and ready for forever homes. Those at the top of a list (or come first in thumbnails) have been in the shelter the longest.
Dogs and puppies at the shelter:
- Daisy — female puppy
- Dodo — male puppy
- Calli — female puppy
Kittens and cats at the shelter:
- Atticus — male kitten
- Bearlie — male kitten
- Bella — female kitten
- Bo — male kitten
- Ceelo — male kitten
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
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 CT, is an AARF rescue partner. She finds forever homes for kittens as well as puppies who come from AARF.
As of this writing, Animal Experts has Dave and Michelle:
Island Puppy Rescue in New Jersey
Are you in the New Jersey area?
Island Puppy Rescue often has Anguilla (or other island) puppies in foster care. In fact, we anticipate that that IPR will have Anguillian puppies several times a year. We will broadcast on this web site, our email list and Facebook when pets are available for adoption.
As of this writing, IPR has:
Go to Island Puppy Rescue for full descriptions and adoption information.
New Vet Clinic Hours with additional emergency numbers
As of March 2014, the Clinic is open (but we advise you call ahead, especially for the Saturday schedule):
- Monday–Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until noon and from 3:30–5 p.m.
- Thursdays: closed (the vet is off island)
- Friday 9:30–noon and 3:30–5 p.m.
- Alternating Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. until noon.
During those (open) hours, call the office main number: (264) 581–4600 or, alternatively, (264) 497–4600.
For an emergency during off hours, call (264) 581–4600. You an also try the vet at his Sint Maarten numbers:
- 1 721 587 1838
- 1 721 587 2838
- 1 721 559 0755
Older News Items
- Amazon has rolled out its charity program Amazon Smile. Use your existing Amazon account, but go to smile.amazon.com instead and Amazon (not you) donates a portion of its profit to AARF. The prices and products are unchanged as far as you are concerned. So join (it's just a click) and then bookmark Smile. (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. We send puppies, kittens and older dogs/cats ALL the time, and it is very very easy to take them back with you (as a volunteer; we have fosters and rescuers who will meet you at the airport), or you can bring home your very own new family member. See our Adoption Basics page for all the details.
- Available for Adoption at our Shelter (more)
- New temporary Vet hours (more)
- Puppy Transport to the USA is always wanted (more)
- We always 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 from Boston (details)
- Got usable crates? We'd love them! (more)
- Volunteers always welcome and highly appreciated!(details)
- Our position on the dolphinarium (below)
Puppy/Kitten Airlift — Transport to North America needed
Not ready to adopt and take a loving bit of Anguilla home with you, but heading back from Anguilla to the US East Coast or Toronto?
If so, we almost always have puppies or kittens who need a lift — their expenses are paid and you would be saving a life!
We have an ongoing “puppy/kitten/cat/dog airlift” program to the U.S. East Coast and Toronto areas. As such, we need offers of puppy and kitten transport for those heading from Anguilla to Boston, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Hartford, Rhode Island or Toronto where we have AARF friends wafting to put them up for adoption.
It’s very easy and we will guide you through the process! We’ll cover the pet transport expenses, a carrier, the paperwork pet chow and more. All you have to do is make a reservation to include the kitten or puppy with your reservation locator, and then save a life by taking the little one onto the plane with you. You’ll be met at the other end by one of our rescuers.
People who have taken our puppies and kittens along with them in the past all say how much they enjoyed it. The pets are always the center of attention at the airline gates and on the plane and are good travelers.
If you are traveling from Anguilla or St. Maarten to the Northeast, please consider taking one of our puppies with you. The puppy’s expenses will be paid for. You just need to make a reservation with your airline, and the puppy will travel in a soft carrier that fits under the seat in front of you. It’s easy, it’s fun, and you will be playing a significant part in giving this puppy the future she deserves. When you land, one of our rescue friends will meet you at the airport to take the puppy to her foster or forever home. Give the gift of not just life, but a wonderful life.
When we say it is easy and fun, we mean it. Over 100 people have done this for us and they they have a great time doing it. See the graphic at the right for a couple of examples and the Gallery (bottom menu item in the Navigation bar on the left) for many more. (We are adding to this gallery as people send us photos, but you can see what you will accomplish by taking a puppy [or kitten when we can] to a great new home.)
Find out more by calling us at the shelter (264.476.2731) or send email to our general email account. If you know anyone who might be interested, please spread the word!
This program is funded via our Anguilla Puppy Express program, which is as self supporting as we can make it. (Learn mare.)
Shopping at Amazon? We 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 to AARF (AARC). Your shopping experience with Amazon remains the same.
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).
You personally are not donating anything, so you get no hit to your wallet; the prices Amazon charge are exactly the same. Just shop as you do now, and Amazon does the rest. About the program.
If you want to support us and have a browser bookmark or favorite to Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com, make sure you are logged in to your account, bookmark the smile page, and then use AmazonSmile for all your shopping from here on out.
(That is, go to smile.amazon.com to shop, not your regular amazon.com site in order to have Amazon make the donation. You should see this graphic at the top left of your page to insure that whatever you buy will incur the donation. Your name and AARC should appear.)
Donated Carriers Need Couriers froM Boston Area
Are you coming to Anguilla? Would you be willing to bring some donated soft pet carriers to us?
We have a donor in Boston who has generously offered us several soft pet carriers. Since shipping 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 in the States. You don–t have to do anything except get them in the mail and bring one or two down to us!
If you can bring one or two or more, we would be very grateful.
These carriers will be used for international adoptions of our shelter puppies and kittens. If you can help, send us an email at our main email address. Let us know how many you can bring.
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.
Volunteers Wanted! From time to time we have a need for volunteers to drive animals to and from the clinic for surgery or other medical treatment.
Not all animals’ people have their own transportation, so we are looking for volunteers to help them and us.
Volunteers can borrow crates from the shelter if needed, pick up the animal at home and transport her to the clinic and/or transport her home again when she is done at the vet’s.
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.