The AARF logo shows three animals on a yellow AARF life raft, floating on the sea with gray clouds; sunlight peeks down on them, representing hope.

Events and Initiatives

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Events and Initiatives

AARF has many events during the year to reach out to the community as well as to raise funds and raise publicity for our animals and the organization. Among these are our great Second Chances thrift store which now runs year–round and benefits the less fortunate as well as being a fundraiser, raffles at the famous Roy's Happy Hours on Fridays (during high season, visits to local schools to talk about animal care, health and biology. We write several informative articles covering dog and cat care, safety, treatment and other issues. We have staffed various fairs held by the government and other organizations to keep AARF in front of the people.

Here are some of our recurring events:

Second Chances Boutique Thrift Store

Replacing our quarterly yard sales, our boutique store has very nice gently used items for sale at great prices, including (items vary):

Store entrance

New building


  • clothes for everyone in the family
  • housewares
  • linens
  • hundreds of books, nicely arrayed in easy–to–browse shelves
  • artwork
  • electronics (including printers)
  • new rag rugs made and donated by Charlotte Berglund
  • games
  • jewelry
  • pet toys
  • purses
  • toys
  • some school backpacks
  • and more

Come by! We are in the MegaDepot building in The Farrington. See the following link for the open hours, directions and to learn all about the thrift store.

Roy’s Friday Night Happy Hour Raffle

If it isn’t obvious by now, Mandy and Roy are huge supporters of ours and, at various times of the year, we have popular Friday night raffles that benefit AARF.

When they are on, come by Roy’s Bayside Grill in Sandy Ground for happy hour dinner (choice of two full dinners each Friday), dessert and of course, drinks from 5:00–7 p.m. Roy's dinner and drink specials are extremely popular, so come by to meet people and be part of the scene. You will help us and maybe get a great prize.

We have a new raffle every Friday, with fun prizes.

Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and the drawing is before 7 p.m. Winner must be present to win.

Some of our friends bring raffle prizes when they come to Anguilla, and that is very much appreciated.

The raffle proceeds go into AARF’s Spay/Neuter fund, which provides free surgeries to help stop the births of unwanted puppies and kittens on Anguilla.

Directions to Roy’s Bayside Grill in Sandy Ground

Roy’s in Sandy Ground


For larger maps, click on the image to the right.

Written directions:

Take the road towards Sandy Ground. As you drive down the hill, the salt pond will be on the right.

At the bottom of the hill, the road curves around to the right and right when it straightens out, there will be a a road that goes to the left while the other part more or less goes straight ahead to the center of Sandy Ground and restaurants such as Ripples (like Roy’s, a great AARF supporter), Pumphouse, Johnnos, etc. as well as to other Sandy Ground businesses.

Take the road to the left. It goes to the port and main jetty, as well as to Roy’s.

The main port and jetty are used by the larger ships delivering goods to Anguilla. On most days, expect to pass many trucks parked on the road waiting to enter the port. Carefully drive past them.

Roy’s will be the last business on the right before going into the port facility; it has a small parking lot (and there is other parking on the other side of the street.

Warning: Do not enter the port area.

FYI: Roy’s has both a Facebook page and a web site with menus, photos and other details.

Membership Drives

We always welcome new members, who are vital to our success. We sometimes hold membership drives in public spots (such as at the Post Office) to sign up new members. Members can vote for officers in our Annual General Meetings.

But you can join (or renew your membership at any time), using our online form, or by using PayPal.

( If you use PayPal or mail your check to AARC, our Florida 501(c)(3) corporation your membership should be tax–deductible). Click here to learn more about our membership program and how to become a member. Thank you in advance for joining!

Valley Street Festival

The Anguilla Tourist Board had an idea to create a street fair that would showcase and celebrate great things about Anguilla: food, live music, culture, art and people — all in a festival in a central location that would attract locals and visitors. They now have them every few months on a Saturday in the middle of The Valley (next to the People’s Market).

With plenty of booths and stalls featuring lots of homemade/home grown local goodies, there are things of interest to everyone: food, produce, plants, arts and crafts and other items.

A nearby music stage and sound system broadcast local bands, and other events (like a drumming circle open to everyone).

AARF volunteers staff a booth mostly selling some used books and pet supplies. And of course, we are on hand to answer any questions and meet people. Stop by and see us!

We talked about staffing past festivals in newsletters, such as 2012/Q2, 2011/Q2)

Shelter Improvement Events

Our Shelter Improvement Event helps us raise money for improvements to the Shelter/Adoption Center. We have made improvements such as:

  • Installed new puppy/dog runs with tiled flooring and cleanable, airy fencing (in the puppy/dog shelter room)
  • Created large kennels with 2 separate play areas
  • Built a large cattery area, with space and surfaces for the cats to climb, perch and play
  • Installed electricity and ceiling fans in both the cat and puppy areas
  • Installed window screens to keep mosquitoes and other nasty things out
  • Built a large outside puppy play area that gives the puppies fresh air and outside time

2017 Paws For a Cause (Event for Shelter Improvements)

Since the Shelter Improvement event uses a raffle system, payments are not tax deductible.

Payment systems such as PayPal expressly forbid collect any money that is tied to raffles or other games of chance. They actively scan websites, and of course their own site looking for this, and will terminate accounts. So please do NOT try and buy a collar using PayPal!

Our 2017 Shelter Improvement Event is on now! Can you please help us with your purchase of a collar?

Each collar qualifies you to win one of several donated prizes including:

  • A night and continental breakfast for 2 at Four Seasons
  • Dinners/ Lunches and Gift Certificates from:
    • Mangos
    • Straw Hat
    • Cap Juluca
    • Picante
    • Elvis Beach Bar
    • Sand Bar
  • Massages or Mani/Pedis from:
    • Jill Walker
    • Sri at Serena and Cuisinart Spa
  • Sunset Ride for two from Seaside Stables
  • Ferry Shuttle to Airport from Funtime Charters
  • Artwork from:
    • Jiggs Collection
    • Lynne Bernbaum — framed by Tanya Clark
    • Haitian Metal Artwork from Savannah Gallery
  • Sterling Bracelet from Limin Boutique
  • Handmade Dulcimer

Collars are US$10 each or 3 for US$25. They can be purchased via check or cash from our shelter, Second Chances (when it is open) or from an AARF member.

You can send a check to AARC in Florida (please email us so we can be sure you are entered in the drawing):

  • Anguilla Animal Rescue Corporation — R. Taillon
  • c/o D. Tabor
  • 9715 Dahlia Avenue
  • Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
  • USA

Our mailing address in Anguilla is:

  • AARF
  • P.O. Box RI–4228
  • Anguilla, BWI AI–2640

Contact us via email if you have questions:

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The drawing will be held on May 1 at the AARF shelter and most prizes will be available for one year although the Four Seasons and Cap Juluca both have restrictions on dates.

The physical dog/cat collars will be available for pick-up at the shelter, or you can donate them back and we will add the collars to anyone adopting a dog or cat.