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.

AARF Adoption Center and Rescue Shelter

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About Our Adoption Center and Rescue Shelter

Want to visit our adoption center and shelter? Here is a map to AARF (the link goes to the map which is lower down on this same page).

AARF and Morlens open hours schedule:

  • Mon: 10:00 am–12:30 pm and 3:30–5:30 pm
  • Tue: 10:00 am–12:30 pm and 3:30–5:30 pm
  • Wed: 10:00 am–12:30 pm and 3:30–5:30 pm
  • Thu: 10:00 am–12:30 pm ONLY (closed in the afternoon)
  • Fri: 10:00 am–12:30 pm and 3:30–5:30 pm
  • Sat: 10:00 am–1:00 pm

Morlens lists their open hours on their web site.

Phone numbers:

  • AARF: (264) 476–2731. The phone has voicemail but it might be a while before it is checked. Emails to AARF are better. For vet issues, contact Morlens at any time using the numbers below
  • Morlens: (264) 497–4600 (office). When Morlens is open, use for routine matters concerning your pets (such as appointments). This includes pets that were adopted from AARF. While Morlens is open, use for emergencies as well.
  • Morlens Emergency: (264) 581–4600 (after hours emergency only)

AARF Email (in a graphic to deter spammers):

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Directions to the Adoption Center/Morlens

Map

The map (courtesy of Google Maps) shows the locations of the clinic and the Sandy Hill Roundabout relative to The Valley.

From The Valley, take Albert Lake Drive (aka the Long Path road) towards East End. After passing the Best Buy supermarket on the left, look for the the clinic on the right side of the road just before the Sandy Hill roundabout (the red dot in the upper right part of the map ). There should be a large AARF sign by the road.

If you go too far, just use the roundabout (about 100 yards later) to turn around.

If you are not bringing an animal to the clinic, please park across the street to allow parking for people with emergencies and Morlens appointments (there is also a music studio attached to the building which shares the parking area).

Please note that the Skyviews maps, available all over the island and on line, now have Morlens and AARF on the map (we even have a cute little symbol of a long dog).

History

In the spring of 2008, a dream became reality when the AARF Adoption Center opened at Morlens Veterinary Clinic in Sandy Hill. Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Patrick Vanterpool, we now have a place where animals awaiting adoption have safe housing, good veterinary care, and the love of a doting staff of volunteers.

We have an office just off the lobby, a room for dogs and puppies, and a separate room for cats and kittens, including a large cattery.

Volunteers come and go, but walk dogs, socialize the animals, help with care and more.

We love to meet visitors and prospective adoptive families. Email us when you plan to visit so we can try and be there.

Adoptions

All AARF adoptions are now done at the Adoption Center with volunteers handling the process with the new families. We accept surrenders of animals whose people cannot keep them, free of charge. Working closely with the veterinarians, volunteers ensure that all animals are examined, vaccinated, dewormed and receive any needed medical treatment.

We invite you to visit us. We almost always have several puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats who are hoping to find good, loving forever homes. If you have a specific request, we will put you on a list and contact you when your desired pet arrives.

Please support the rescue of Anguilla’s otherwise unwanted dogs and cats. All they ask is a loving home with food, water, exercise, and attention.

When you adopt a pet from AARF, you know you are providing a home to one who is really in need. When you treat your pet well, you will receive so much love in return.

Our adoption fee is US$25 for dogs, US$20 for cats, and that includes a wide array of services, including:

  • Vet exam
  • The first set of vaccinations (three sets are needed on a certain timeline)
  • Deworming
  • Spay/neuter surgery when the pet is old enough (typically around six months of age) for adopted animals that stay on Anguilla
  • Two coupons offering a discount off the cost of the second and third set of vaccinations (each coupon is good for $10 off)

The low adoption fee covers only a small portion of the cost of treating and caring for the animals. AARF receives no Goverment or other official funding; AARF is funded solely through the graces of people who give donations, shop at our Second Chances Thrift store and participate in our fund raising efforts. Volunteers are 100% unpaid.

Since opening the adoption center, we have had many wonderful adoptions. Several have been featured in the Happy Tails sections of our newsletters. We always welcome stories from those of you who have adopted and happily publish your own happy tales! Besides that, our volunteers love to hear how those dogs and cats they fell in love with while on Anguilla are doing in their happy forever homes.

If you can’t resist the loving thank yous of doggy kisses and contented kitty purrings, consider volunteering at the center. Just send us an email or stop by the adoption center. We provide training and new volunteers work closely with more senior volunteers until they are comfortable on their own. Learn more about volunteering.

Or just come by to visit!

Other Phone Numbers

AARF, Morlens and other phone numbers are at the top of this page.

Other phone numbers are found on our Contact Us page. This link covers:

  • The Department of Agriculture and the Royal Anguilla Police Force should be contacted for animal cruelty or other issues where an issue or animal may need attention.
  • Department of Environmental Health handles dead animals (say on the sides of roads).
  • The Department of Agriculture also handles other animals (Morlens and AARF specializes in dogs and cats only)

Go to our Contact Us page for these contacts.

Email

Send an email to us at our general email account or email a Board member or Committee chairperson directly.