Briefly in the News (see other news items in our expanded News section):
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:
- Hermione — female puppy.
Kittens and cats at the shelter:
- None at this time — please check back later.
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.
Other News Items
Shop all Year Long at Amazon Smile — Amazon will donate to AARF
Did you know that if you shop at Amazon’s special portal, smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate to AARF at NO COST TO YOU!
The way it works is you follow the link to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/80-0773777 or click on the image to the right. You will be taken to a special page on Amazon that lets you shop in exactly the same way you normally shop at Amazon. Your log in, preferences, prices, offers stay the same — in fact the entire shopping experience is identical. The only difference is that when you buy something, Amazon donates a small portion of its profit to AARF (or any charity you choose).
In fact, you can bookmark this link and use it all year long. The number in the link represents AARF.
Happy December Update on our Amazing Dog May
May will have her first Christmas in her new home. Update here (including her complete story, with photos).
Second Chances Open Tuesdays and Fridays
Beginning in early December, Second Chances will be open days Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 until noon. The store will be closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
AARF is in the Washington Post!
The Washington Post has an article on volunteers transporting dogs and cats from other countries. The article lists several organizations that facilitate these transports. AARF is on the list, and in fact, is first on the list. This a an excellent article written by Andrea Sachs. Follow her link to see her other work, including another article about transporting.
AARF has had a very successful transport program called Anguilla Puppy Express (which despite the name, includes kittens and cats) which has sent hundreds of Anguillian dogs and cats to the USA and Canada for adoption. In fact, we've sent over 70 internationally in 2016 alone (through October)!
It’s all done via volunteers who take the pet from Anguilla, usually on a ferry to Sint Maarten (with some flights from Anguilla’s airport) and then on planes to North America — where other volunteers and rescue groups take over and find them forever homes. This saves otherwise unwanted pets and gives them fabulous homes.
AARF pays for the airline fees and paperwork, and provides a full kit to take the pet on the journey. And it’s funded entirely through donations to our Puppy Express Fund. This makes it very easy for the transporting volunteers, who all not only love the experience, but very often want to repeat the experience!
We have a few photos here (or click on the puppy photo on the right) and more on our US/Canada Adoption Photos page, and best of all, many are featured on a Facebook group called Anguillian Pet Owners, where you can see how they look today. Have a look!
We Held a Free Puppy Wash and Vaccination Clinic
As part of the St. James students and Morlens Veterinary Clinic Community Outreach projects, the following were offered:
- Free medicated shampoo and wash (to remove fleas and ticks) was performed by the students. AARF supplied the materials and the students provided the enthusiasm and volunteers!
- Free vaccination clinic hosted by AARF. Any eligible dog or cat got a free vaccination and exam by Morlens vet, Dr. Brian Murray. Morlens staff was also on hand and threw themselves wholeheartedly into the event.
- Hot dogs, drinks, cupcakes and other delicious snacks were sold by St. James students as a fundraiser for their students
Some 50 dogs and cats arrived to be bathed and some 42 vaccinations and exams were given. Fabulous!
AARF needs puppy supplies
If you are visiting us and want to help us, we have a need for:
- Small puppy collars (6 – 12 inches long)
- Small puppy leashes
Second Chances Has Moved
Our Second Chances Thrift Store Boutique is thriving in its new location. THere is space to browse and see all the goods, and, being indoors is not susceptible to the weather. See more details here.
Delta Airlines Raises Minimum age for In–cabin Pets to 16 weeks
August, 2016: Delta is officially the least pet friendly airline that flies between the USA and Sint Maarten (SXM). They’ve changed the minimum age for bringing a pet in the cabin to 16 weeks for international flights.
That effectively means no AARF puppies will be able to travel with Delta, as the puppies are too large to fit in in–cabin carriers by that age. And of course, it excludes young kittens as well.
If you plan to adopt or transport for AARF — or if you want to ado pta a young puppy or kitten from Anguilla, Delta is not going to fly for you.
New Shirts and Hats!
A reminder that we have new AARF adult unisex, ladies and child T–shirts as well as hats. See our Store page for photos and more information.
Second Chances Needs Donations
Second Chances is looking for all kinds of donations, including:
- small puppy collars (6 – 12 inches long)
- small puppy leashes
- Curtains and other linens
- Toys and games
- DVDs in working condition. Have any you don’t want them any more? We’ll happily take them!
- Christmas decorations
To donate or find out more, please see our Second Chances page.
Hours of Operation
AARF (and the Morlens Vet Clinic) are open:
- Mon: 9:30 am–12:30 pm and 3:30–5:30 pm
- Tue: 9:30 am–12:30 pm and 3:30–5:30 pm
- Wed: 9:30 am–12:30 pm and 3:30–5:30 pm
- Thu: 9:30 am–12:30 pm ONLY (closed in the afternoon)
- Fri: 9:30 am–12:30 pm and 3:30–5:30 pm
- Sat: 9:30 am–1:00 pm
- AARF: (264) 476–2731
- Morlens: (264) 497–4600 (office)
- Morlens: (264) 581–4600 (after hours emergency)
Email for AARF:
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 3 minute 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.