Volume 1, Issue 1
Welcome to the first issue
of the AARF Newsletter. We hope that this document will keep you informed
about the mission and goals of the organization and the events we plan to bring
about those goals. If there is any particular topic you would like to see
addressed in the newsletter, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
IN THIS ISSUE
A Message From The President
Patrick Vanterpool, D.V.M., President AARF
I would like to take this
opportunity to welcome all members to the newly formed Anguilla Animal Rescue
Foundation, and to thank everyone for appointing me as the first President.
I consider this to be a great honor, and look forward, with the help of
all the members to a very active year.
AARF aspires to promote a caring
community, which protects its animal population.
To achieve this goal we must
work towards increasing public awareness of our organization.
By education, we can discourage
the uncontrolled breeding of dogs and cats and we can encourage spaying and
neutering and thereby reduce the numbers of homeless animals to the ultimate
benefit of the livestock farmer from the threat of attack to his flock.
By example, and by organizing
“fun” events we can demonstrate the rewards of having an affectionate and
devoted family pet in our homes.
I look forward to working with
you all during the coming year.
Meet the Executive Committee
President - Patrick Vanterpool,
- Patrick is the Country Veterinarian in Anguilla and owns Morlen's
Veterinary Hospital. Since his return to Anguilla, Patrick and Amy
Williams (see below) have worked together to help homeless and injured animals
and find adoptive homes, without financial support. Patrick can be found
saving anything from an injured bird fallen from a tree, boxes of puppies and
kittens left on his office steps at Agriculture, to an injured goat. We
have all benefited from the very high quality of care he provides to our
companion animals. He will bring that same quality to AARF and continue
his work of the past 7 years.
Treasurer - Barbara Owen - Barbara is Manager of All Island Cable Television.
Barbara and her husband, native Anguillian Oliver Owen of North Hill,
have always had a love of animals. Upon
returning to live in Anguilla 5 years ago their concern for the well-being of
all the animals, both domestic and farming, led them to be dedicated to the
foundation of an Organization that will protect the interest of the animals.
Over the past 5 years they have taken in homeless animals and either kept
them or found a suitable home for them. They
are committed through AARF to assist in any way possible to educate, especially
the children, on the appropriate care and treatment of all animals that God has
entrusted to mankind.
Secretary - Christine Carty -
Chris moved to Anguilla from England in the early
1970's, here she married Anguillian Leonard R. Carty, together they
run their own business. Always the animal lover, her concerns
regarding the welfare of the ever increasing numbers of strays and homeless
animals on Anguilla, and the pressure this was placing on the staff of Morlens
Veterinary Clinic encouraged her to be one of the founding
members of AARF.
Trustee/Vice President - Joseph
N. Payne -
Mr. Payne has been
Chairman of NBA since 1993 and a Director since 1991. He was
a career police officer in the Leeward Islands for 35 years and served as
Commissioner of Police in Anguilla from 1976 to 1990. He is Past
Chairman of the Public Service Commission of Anguilla, Past Chairman of the
East End Health Committee, Past President of the
Brotherhood of St. Andrew (Anguilla), representative to the Anglican Synod and
member of the Anglican Choir. He was
listed in Who's Who in the World in 1996. Mr. Payne's extensive
experience brings great strength to AARF and the long term goal of improving
the quality of life for Animals in Anguilla.
- Amy Williams
- Amy has worked at Morlens
Veterinary Hospital since 1994. While living and working on Anguilla she
realized the need for the formation of a animal rescue society. Finally her
dream has come to a reality and now with the help of AARF; can educate more
people and help the many animals in need of humane treatment.
- Rafael V. M. Cestero - Rafael is a retired physician who
has been visiting Anguilla since 1985 and who has been living here full time
since 1998. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he has always been concerned
with the uncontrolled population of domestic animals in the Caribbean islands
and hopes that AARF may help improve the control and care of animals in
- Michelle Owen-Vasilis ---Michelle is a local artist and Interior
Designer. Although she was born in Canada, she is also Anguillian and has been
living in Anguilla for the past 6 years. Her love for animals and especially a
soft spot for her five local stray cats lead her to support a cause close to
her heart. Michelle believes that through education, particularly of young
children, we can help improve the life of all animals on Anguilla. She
is dedicated to assisting AARF in promoting the humane treatment of her
Committee Chair -
Jacqueline A. Cestero - Jackie moved to Anguilla with her
husband Rafael in 1998 after visiting the island several times annually since
1985. She is a computer consultant in the United
States. After being introduced to the problems of animals both domestic
and farming in Anguilla, she realized the number of individuals who had
dedicated their time and resources to help the stray and homeless
animals. It was clear that a formal organization needed to be formed to
address this long standing problem and provide financial support for
programs which would help improve the quality of life for all animals in
Anguilla. She hopes to be able to communicate the message of the needs
of the animals of Anguilla to individuals and to raise the awareness of how
much joy and love a well cared for animal can bring to an individual's
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is Dog Licensing Month
living in Anguilla over the age of 6 months are required to be licensed by the
Government. Simply go to the Treasury department (far right window) and
give the gentleman a description of your dog including colors and the dog's
sex. You will pay a $25EC fee and receive a tag with the year and a
license number printed on it.
residents of Anguilla have great pets that they have found through rescue here
in Anguilla. We would like to hear about those special friends and share
them with other members of the community. If you would like to share
stories of your furry friends, please send information and any pictures you may
have to email@example.com.
Tilly on the morning of December 30th fiercely defending the trash can she had
been dumped by during the night. My 3 dogs immediately fell in love with
her so we brought her home. She was probably about 6 to 7 weeks old and
didn't weigh more than 5 lbs. Tilly stayed with us for about a week and
was eventually featured on Bob Green's Anguilla news page. Within a few
days she was adopted by a Chef here on the island and eventually moved to New
York City with him. I will bet she doesn't weigh 5 lbs any more!