Volume 3, Issue 2                                                                                      April 2003

The goal of this newsletter is to keep members and friends up to date on events and plans of the organization.  If there is any particular topic you would like to see addressed in the newsletter, please send email to


April is License Your Dog Month

July is AARF Spay/Neuter Month

Upcoming Fund Raising Events

Pumpkin Finds a New Home

AARF Education Committee Takes Its Message to the Primary Schools

AARF Pets Available For Adoption

A Dog's Plea

April is License Your Dog Month

All dogs living in Anguilla over the age of 6 months are required to be licensed by the Government.  In the past licensing occurred at the Treasury department (far right window) and the fee was EC$25.00.  Dr. Vanterpool reports that the new dog ordinance was passed last year and it included a tiered system of payment with a lower fee for spayed and neutered animals.  

At the time of this posting Dr. Vanterpool has not confirmed if the new law is being enforced for this licensing period.  As we have further details, we will keep you posted.

Please note the tag will have 2003 on it.

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   July is AARF Spay/Neuter Month 

The Executive Committee of AARF is pleased to announce their most recent decision to hold a free spay/neuter clinic in Anguilla during the month of July 2003.  After two and half years of fund raising, the Committee has determined that there are funds available to provide a clinic that will help to decrease the number of unwanted cats and dogs in our island nation.

This is our first opportunity to go into the Anguillian Community and provide a service that will help citizens of Anguilla.  It also puts on our shoulders a great responsibility to do it properly.  It is expected that this program will provide AARF with solid data that will substantiate a grant to be submitted to the Pegasus Foundation in November 2003.  It is our hope that we will be able to secure funds for an ongoing program in 2004 that will spay/neuter our rescue animals prior to adoption thus increasing our adoption rates, and provide an incentive program to encourage more citizens to spay and neuter their pets.

AARF's association with Puppy Angels over the past year has resulted in a number of our rescue puppies finding wonderful homes in the USA.  Specifically in the period from January to March 2003, 19 adult dogs and puppies were placed.  It is anticipated as we embark on this new venture with Puppy Angels and the Pegasus Foundation, the ways in which we can provide support to the community will expand to include education programs and medical testing supplies to mention a few.

Although the clinic is in its early planning stages, there are some details we can provide at this time.  Registration forms will be available to the public beginning mid April.  All participants will be picked through a lottery system that will be blind to need but will fit into a pre-assigned mix of cats/dogs and spays/neuters. The program is expected to begin on Friday July 4th, 2003 with a kick off reception.  Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th will mark the first weekend of intense spay and neuter activities taking place at Morlen's Veterinary Hospital.  AARF will look forward to Sherry and John Morrall of Puppy Angels joining AARF to assist in the first weekend of activities.  The project will continue throughout July with an expectation of handling 20 to 25 animals per week.

The coordinator for this program is Mrs. Suzan Donahue and she can be reached at  Suzan has put a great deal of effort into this project and we appreciate her hard work.   Please contact her directly with any questions you may have.

  There is no doubt that for this project to be successful we will require a number of volunteers from the membership and the community.  We hope that everyone will consider volunteering even a little of your time to help.  The following committees have been established to put the project into motion.

Committee Chairperson's) Email Address Role
Catering Jacquie Connor

Barbara Owen

To coordinate and provide snacks/food for the kick off reception and Barbeque
Clinic Assistants Amy Williams To provide assistance to medical staff for pre and post op care, flea and tick bathing, pick up and delivery of animals, intake and discharge.
Lottery/Forms Suzan Donahue Handle incoming forms processing, selection of candidates, data entry
Communications Jackie Cestero Address the community via web site, distribution of flyers, radio, cable TV and newsprint to generate awareness of the project.  
Government Liaison Mr. Payne 497-4153 Make government aware of the project and assure attendance at opening ceremony
Scheduling Amy Williams To assist Amy in notification of selection, scheduled time and confirmation of the attendance.
Follow Up Amy Williams Contact pet owner post surgery to ascertain pet health status, answer questions and provide feedback on the overall experience.

Further it is expected that we will require the following supplies to compliment the program through the month of July 2003:




Dog Bowls


Flea and Tick Shampoo

Old Towels for baths

Supplies may be dropped at any time at Morlen's Veterinary Clinic in Sandy Hill.


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Upcoming Fund Raising Events

AARF's fund raising committee spearheaded by Jacquie Connor has been working diligently to come up with new and innovative ways to raise money to support our ongoing objectives and projects.  They have come up with the following projects and tentative dates:

Event Tentative Schedule Location
Annual membership drive April 15th, 2003 8:30am - 3:00pm Post Office
Wine Tasting Evening June 2003 TBA
August Monday Boat Race Booth August 4th, 2003 Sandy Ground
Bingo Night October 2003 TBA
Soroptimist Christmas Fair December 2003 Governor's House
Caribbean Cruise Raffle TBA Ongoing sales

As Jacquie most recently stated in her presentation to the Executive Committee, this must be a team effort and will require support from the membership.  If you are interested in helping with any of these fund raising projects, please contact Jacquie at  Jacquie and her team including Barbara Owen, Kathy Haskins, Suzan Donahue and Disa Billington have put a lot of effort into this project and we appreciate their efforts.

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Pumpkin Finds a New Home

You might recall from our last newsletter that Pumpkin was looking for a new home.  Kathy Melby had been fostering her for several months without success in finding her a new home.  On Friday, Nat Hodge posted Pumpkin's picture in the Anguillian and Kathy received a call the same morning regarding adoption.  

Here is Estelle of Anguilla Trading with Kathy Melby and her new companion Pumpkin.  We wish them both every success for a long and happy relationship together.  Thanks Estelle for giving one of our puppies a good home.

Suzan Donahue who was there for the adoption and is sharing this photo, states that one of the deciding factors for Estelle was that Pumpkin had been spayed.  This can only further our resolve that a spay/neuter clinic can improve our adoption rates and help the community.

AARF would like to thank Nat Hodge and the Anguillian for posting our puppies and contributing once again to finding great homes for our adoptable pets. 

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AARF Education Committee Takes Its Message to the Primary Schools

Michelle Owen-Vasillis took her education program into the Valley Primary School on Monday March 31st along with Suzan Donahue, Lynn Bartlett, and Kim Straubing.  Joining them was Sarah Bartlett, Lynn's very wise AARF rescue pet.

Sarah Bartlett goes to school

Sarah was a big hit with the children! Lynn explained to them that Sarah was an AARF adoptee and that she was very smart and had been trained to do some tricks. She had her sit, lay and even count which was amazing to everyone!

Michelle explaining about spaying/neutering and touching on all the things you should do to take good care of your pets including food, water, and exercise. She also presented them with a handout with information on how to avoid being bitten by a dog which she also talked about in her presentation.

Michelle has scheduled 5 out of 6 Primary Schools for presentations this week!

Monday March 31 - Valley Primary - 8:45 a.m. (Michelle, Lynn, Kim & Suzie)

Tuesday April 1 - West End - 8:45 a.m. (Michelle, Lynn, Kim & Suzie)

Stoney Ground -1:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 2 - East End - 8:45 a.m. (Michelle & TBA)
         - Island Harbour - 10 a.m.

Friday April 4 - Road Primary (Blowing Point) - 8:45 a.m. (Michelle & Lynn)

Michelle is looking for someone to assist her On Wednesday April 2nd at the East End School and Island Harbour.  If you are interested, please contact her at owenvas@anguillanet.comIt would be helpful if you had a pet that is well controlled to bring along to share your experiences with the children.

Our thanks and continued success to Michelle and her volunteers, Lynn, Suzan and Kim for all their hard work on the education program.

A cross section of Valley Primary School students



Kim, Lynn and Michelle talk about animal care to Valley Primary School Children


Kim, Lynn and Michelle talk about animal care to West End Primary School Children on April 1st


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AARF Pets Available For Adoption

AARF currently has 6 puppies available for adoption and 1 cat as shown below.  To see more information on our puppies available for adoption please click on the following link Dogs Available for Adoption and for information on Cats Available for Adoption.


Penny and Simone

7 other puppies are being fostered by a local resident.  The pictures below are an example and full details are available at Dogs Available for Adoption.


Andy(adopted 4/2/03) and Mac

For further information on adoptable pets, please contact Amy at Morlen's Veterinary Hospital 497-4600 Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

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A Dog's Plea
Author Unknown

Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the thing you would have me learn.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear. Please take me inside when it is cold and wet, for I am a domesticated animal, no longer accustomed to bitter elements. I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst.

Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk at your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.

And, my friend, when I am very old, and I no longer enjoy good health, hearing and sight, do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not having any fun. Please see that my trusting life is taken gently. I shall leave this earth knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was always safest in your hands.

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