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

Suzie in the Office

The Office

Morlens Veterinary Clinic

Adoption Center/Shelter/Morlens Veterinary Clinic Hours

  • Mon–Fri: 9:30 am–12:30 pm and
  • Mon–Fri: 3:30–5:30 pm
  • Sat: 9:30 am–1:00 pm

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).

In the spring of 2008, a dream became reality when the AARF Adoption Center opened at Morlens Veterinary Clinic. 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 (a luxury!) a separate room for cats and kittens.

Volunteers try to be on duty six days a week, corresponding with the hours that Morlens is open for clients. Volunteers walk the dogs, socialize the animals, feed, clean, cuddle, bathe, and otherwise care for the dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens under our care. We greet visitors and prospective adoptive families.

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)
  • 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 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.

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.

Directions to the Adoption Center/Morlens and Hours of Operation


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).

Hours of Operation

As of early 2014, the Morlens Vet Clinic hours have changed and are sometimes variable. To keep everything in one place (instead of many pages, some of which could be outdated), we try and list the hours in one place. Click here for the hours of operation. We suggest calling ahead to verify and to set up contact with an adoption volunteer.

Visit us and kiss a puppy on the snout or cuddle with a cat!

Phone Numbers

AARF, Morlens and other phone numbers are:

  • The AARF phone number is (264) 476–2731. The phone has voicemail in case a volunteer is in back or out of the office.
  • The Morlens main office number should be used during regular Morlens Vet Clinic hours for emergencies as well as for routine matters concerning your pets (such as appointments). This includes pets that were adopted from AARF.
  • Vet Emergency (after hours). This number should be only be used for after-hours emergencies.
  • (264) 497-2333 is the Police (Royal Anguilla Police Force) line; use for animal cruelty or other issues. For 911–type emergencies, call 911.
  • The Department of Agriculture, at (264) 497–2615 handles other animals (Morlens and AARF specializes in dogs and cats only)


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