Volume 4, Issue 2 April 2004
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IN THIS ISSUE
On March 9th, 2004 Chris Carty (Vice President) and Jackie Cestero (Treasurer) traveled to Dallas, Texas to attend The Humane Society of the US (HSUS) and Humane Society International (HSI) Annual Expo. A grant that covered registration fees for the conference was provided for both attendees by the HSI. As we were primarily part of the international program of the HSI, we were in the company of over 50 attendees from various countries around the world.
The conference was very broad based and included information on topics such as humane capture of animals, Trap/Neuter/Release Programs, working with Legislation to improve animal welfare laws, marketing your programs and humane slaughter. We also had one day during which we attended open forums through HSUS including improving educational programs, keeping a successful volunteer program and the perils of dangerous dogs.
AARF was fortunate to be one of a few organizations selected to participate in a marketing program during our stay in Dallas. The program included professionals from the Yudisthira Bali Street Dog Program. The benefits to our organization are many and will definitely improve our community exposure.
The last day of the Expo included a visit to two local municipal shelters and the HSUS Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program. We learned first hand how difficult it is to deal with shelters that handle 20,000 to 40,000 stray and homeless animals per year.
At the end of our visit we were energized with new ideas and ready to apply what we learned here in Anguilla. We realized that we have many of the same problems that other communities do and we are not alone. Most importantly we felt that there were so many communities with much greater problems than we have here in Anguilla. In places like Mexico City and Jaipur, India there are between 2.5 and 3 million street dogs alone. This does not include owned and community dogs. In many ways it makes us see that we have an opportunity to make a real change in Anguilla and make our Island Nation a model for the Caribbean with regard to animal welfare.
Following are pictures of some of the locations we visited along the trip.
Time is soon approaching for our cruise raffle drawing. This is a major fund raiser for 2004 to help support our spay/neuter and animal welfare programs.
AARF would like to thank Jane and Gary Gienger and Family of Upton, Ma. for their donation of the DVD/VCR Combo player. We really appreciate your support of our programs!
and its ongoing programs including free spay/neuter clinics.
and its ongoing programs including free spay/neuter clinics.
Second Prize: Dinner for Two at Cap Juluca•s• Pimm's Restaurant
One at a Time - A Week in an American Animal Shelter
This book was featured at the HSUS/HSI Expo 2004 at one of the many interesting booths. It is a heartbreaking book that traces the lives of a number of animals in one shelter during a typical week. The stories are the same, they are found abandoned on the street looking for food or their owner, or they have simply been surrendered for all the "right" reasons. Either way they end up in the same place, confused and looking for someone who will give them a second chance and a permanent home. In many cases that never comes.
The book also points out the stress that is inflicted on shelter workers who must deal with the tragedy day in and day out when they are asked to do the unthinkable to those they have chosen to care for.
It is a difficult read but a worthwhile one. Perhaps everyone who gives up their animal either by dumping it on the street or taking it to a shelter should be forced to read it and rethink what they have done.
Buy a box of tissues before you start.
It is available on Amazon.com at the following link Here you will find further reviews of the book.
Our list of adoptable animals is always changing. Check Dogs Available for Adoption and Cats Available for Adoption for current information. Don't forget that fostering is a big key to our success. If you are interested in helping out contact email@example.com
Marie Helen Batisti is fostering 3 litters of kittens from her semi-stray population. Currently 6 kittens of the 3 litters are available for adoption at approximately 6 weeks of age. These kittens have been very well cared for and are fairly well socialized. The love to romp and play and would make great pets in a new home. All kittens are female and are able to eat dry food. The other 2 litters are still young and will be photographed and made available for adoption as soon as they are ready to go. Please contact 497-5045 regarding adopting any of these adorable kittens.
Gypsy Rose Lee is shown here while in foster care in New Hampshire. She was fostered by a specialist in abused dogs and adjusted well. She was sent to her forever home with a new family on March 26th. We await photos with her new family.
Many thanks to Kathy and Raymon Haskins for saving her from sure death at the dump, and Ellen Lee for giving her a foster home and lots of love here in Anguilla. Without your time and patience these photos would not be possible.
Gypsy and her new friends from Second Chance Rescue play happily at Puppy Angels in New Hampshire.
Further thanks to Sherry and John Morrall for having the patience to deal with our somewhat difficult little rescues. What would we do without you!
This great holiday photo is of Makita (formerly Celia). She went to Puppy Angels in January of this year and on to a wonderful new home along with her new companion Deno. It doesn't appear that she is too spoiled. What an angelic face!
Many thanks to Melissa and Sherry for sharing this great moment with us.
Ezra Jane (formerly Kelly) was adopted in December 2003 by Mary Walter. We recently received this picture of her and her story. She now lives happily with 3 other cats (Sherman, Ernie, and Buffy) as well as 2 dogs (Hund and Bert). At night she sleeps under the covers next to Mary. What a lucky girl.
We wish Ezra all the best in her new home and many thanks to Mary Walter for making her part of such a special family.
Amy, Mazy and Claudia
On a recent trip to Anguilla, Claudia was sent on a mission. Her friend in Martha's Vineyard had seen a puppy named Mazy on our web site and she wanted to adopt her. Mazy was living around a residence and was not really socialized. It was Claudia's job to get her to a new home in the US. Claudia spent some time with Mazy who had been hit by a car the week before. She managed to get a wag of the tail and that was it. Mazy will fly off to her new home on April 3rd.
Claudia is an animal lover and carried two of her own dogs with her on vacation.
We thank her for her exceedingly generous donation to AARF and for helping to facilitate Mazy's trip to the States and a new forever home.
In our last newsletter we announced funding for our free spay/neuter programs for 2004. The 2004 registration form is available here. If you know of individuals with pets in need of surgeries, please encourage them to participate in our program. As we did last year, we will rely heavily on community support and encouragement of our programs. Tentative dates for our clinics are May, July and October.
We are seeking qualified veterinarians to volunteer their time to help with the clinics. Proof of qualifications will be required to obtain clearance from the Labour Department. We are also seeking volunteers to help with pre and post op care, registration and discharge instructions. If you are interested in participating in our clinics or donating supplies please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember to save your newspapers. We use many of these during our clinics!
Post Office Booth Volunteers will be manning a booth at the Anguilla Post Office on Tuesday April 6th from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. Our primary focus will be on selling Cruise Raffle Tickets but we will also take membership payments at that time.
Bingo Night We are tentatively scheduling a bingo night on April 16th, 2004 at Soroptimist Day Care Center. We await confirmation that the center will be free that night. If you are interested in donating prizes for this event, please contact Jimmy Carter at email@example.com Remember it is a fun night for all with fun prizes. Join us in support of the animals of Anguilla!
Garage Sale We had to postpone the garage sale due to lack of a location for storage. If you have empty space available that AARF can use as a drop off point for 1 week please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also if you want to clean out your house of unwanted items, please save them for us. We will post a notice as soon as we have a location. Remember one person's junk is another's treasure!