Volume 4, Issue 5                                                                                     August 2004

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


AARF Celebrates International Homeless Animals Day

MasterCard and Scotia Bank Donate to AARF Spay/Neuter Program

Expanding AARF Education Committee

On Line Dog Safety Game

Hurricanes and Your Pets

Available For Adoption

Foster Care Corner

Food Donations to Help Feral Cat Colonies

Recent Adoptions

Current Adoption Statistics

 If a Dog Was Th e Teacher

AARF Celebrates International Homeless Animals Day

August 21st, 2004 has been deemed National Homeless Animals Day and is sponsored by the International Society for Animal Rights in Pennsylvania.  Over the last several years the event has turned international with 23 countries participating.  This year many of the Caribbean animal rescue groups were asked to participate including AARF.

Puppies await adoption

At the outset it was agreed that the day would be devoted to improving awareness of animal health care issues and animal adoption.  This summer AARF has handled a particularly high number of animals including puppies and adult dogs as well as kittens.  Thus it was a great opportunity to try to find loving adoptable homes for our special pets.

Our partnership with Ashley's Stores in the Valley strengthened the event.  Ashley's Household Store simultaneously held a 50% off sale to benefit the West End School building project.

Michelle paints a doggy face

Seven puppies age 6 to 10 weeks of age and an adult female dog (Lucy) were part of the adoption day while Michelle Owen-Vasilis provided dog and cat face painting for the children.  Clifford the Big Red Dog served as mascot for the day drawing children of all ages to the booth.  Anguilla Techni Sales provided helium filled balloons as a fund raising opportunity.  AARF volunteers distributed handouts on the care of both cats and dogs aimed at school age children, a full educational newsletter aimed at adults and young adults, information on dealing with pets during a hurricane, and information on licensing of dogs in Anguilla.

Clarissa Lloyd, Jaxson Arnold and Michelle Owen-Vasilis

Student members Clarissa Lloyd, Jaxson Arnold and Rakev Webster assisted with the events of the day.

At the end of the day, we had adopted five male puppies to new homes.  Caretakers were given information on diseases that affect Anguilla's companion animal population, preventative care, along with toys and flea/tick medications donated by Hartz.   Our numbers increased along the way when member Joan Hill brought in two rescue pups that had been dumped out of a truck driving in front of her on the road.  Molly spent most of the day sleeping after her ordeal while Mabel checked out her new surroundings.  Both puppies are at Morlen's awaiting adoption.


Mabel (F) and Molly (F)

It was a wonderful experience for all involved and we have so many people to thank for their support of the event.

Chris Carty and Damian Carty for tent set up and transport.

Caribbean Cable for providing crawler announcements of the event.

Ashley's group of stores who always provide support for our events.  Many thanks specifically to Connie, Lee, Johnna and Reuben Richardson!

Many thanks to our great volunteers who spent the day in the hot sun:  Chris Carty, Suzie Donahue, Jackie Pascher, Michelle Owen- Vasilis, Barbara Owen, Clarissa Lloyd, Jaxson Arnold, and Rakev Webster.

Special thanks to Jackie Connor for fostering the 5 young pups and Jackie Pascher for taking Lucy home to foster until she can be adopted or sent to the USA.

Thanks to all who stopped by the booth to inquire about our programs and those who provided new and loving homes to our little friends.

Our first adoption of the day came from Fiona Cutis who took home a lovely little puppy for her father.

  Annette Kruythoff shown here with her new puppy Bernard.  Annette is a dog lover with a pit bull and a Pekinese already at home.  Love at first sight!

Kerlyn Frank is shown here with her new friend Bailey.

Ricardo and Javon Hodge two brothers that adopted the two brothers Spot and and Skip.

More Views of the Day!

Face Painting was a big hit!

Just too cute! 

After being thrown out of a truck a little love and snuggles from Rakev Webster couldn't hurt!


Jackie Pascher gives some snuggles and love too!


Visitors to the island stop to play with the puppies and learn about our programs!



Clarissa and Jaxson looking so cute!  Woof! 

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MasterCard and Scotia Bank Donate to AARF Spay/Neuter Program

Walter MacCalman, Sergio Estevez, Jackie Cestero, Suzie Donahue

On Sunday August 8, 2004 The Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation was presented with a check in the amount of US$1000 by Vice President and General Manager of MasterCard for the Caribbean and Central America, Sergio Estevez to support the organization's 2004 spay/neuter programs.  Scotia Bank's Managing Director Walter MacCalman was also involved in the presentation and facilitated the donation at the Champion of Champion's Boat Race.  Scotia Bank provided matching funds in the amount of US$500 earlier in the year and the final US$500 during this presentation.

Jackie Cestero and Suzie Donahue received the donation on behalf of AARF and thanked both institutions for their support of the program.  AARF t-shirts were given as a small token of appreciation.

The goal of the program is to provide surgeries to 300 animals including both cats and dogs this year.  Thus far 132 surgeries have been performed through our July 2004 program.  Registration for the program as of this date is 292 animals from 152 households.  Details about the remainder of the program are forthcoming.  

AARF encourages anyone with companion animals either cats or dogs to spay/neuter to reduce the number of homeless animals here in Anguilla.  They will live a longer and healthier life and roam less.

The Executive Committee and membership of AARF thank both MasterCard and Scotia Bank for supporting our programs.  We also congratulate Mr. MacCalman on his upcoming retirement and thank him for the support that Scotia Bank has given since AARF was formed.  Also thanks to The Herald and The Anguillian for publishing articles about the event.  Thanks to Brenda Carty for the photo above.

Warrior cruises to an easy first place finish and 2004 Champion of Champions

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Expanding AARF Education Committee

Students at West End School Presentation June 2004

In an effort to reach more young people and community groups throughout Anguilla, AARF is seeking to expand its education program.  Over the past 3 years AARF has addressed both pre-schools and primary schools across the island.  However, it is often difficult to gain entry to the curriculum.  

Michelle Owen-Vasilis is seeking volunteers to help with her proposed programs.  These programs include educational project days with groups such as the girl guides, public service announcements, developing an AARF table at the public library, and a summer camp to name a few.  It is expected that these programs will also augment the health care education that has been used in conjunction with our spay/neuter programs.

Lynn Bartlett, Michelle Owen-Vasilis and Sarah at West End School Presentation June 2004

If you are interested in helping out with the education committee and its programs please contact Michelle directly at 497- 5705 or 235-1254.

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On Line Dog Safety Game

Teachers will find this online game a great resource when teaching dog safety.  Billed as the Safety Factor Challenge, the player is faced with a number of different situations where he/she needs to keep herself safe.  Safety stars are awarded.  However, each time the player chooses a response that puts him/her in danger, bite marks are awarded.  The object is to get as many safety points as possible.  If the player achieves the maximum number of safety stars and no bite marks, he or she will receive The Safety Factory Challenge Certificate.  This is a printable certificate that the student can take away at the end of the game.

Try it out and see how you deal with the safety challenge and share this link with your class

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Hurricanes and Your Pets

As we approach the most intense part of the hurricane season, it is important to think about how we will care for our companion animals before, during and after the storm.  Please see our Tropical Weather Care page with special information to help you prepare for the storm.  

Our many thanks to the HSUS for assisting us in preparation of this page.

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Available For Adoption


Jaxson (M) and Trish (F) are currently about 6 weeks old and in foster care with Jackie Connor


Mabel (F) and Molly (F) are approximately 7 weeks of age

Please contact Amy at Morlen's Veterinary Hospital Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm to learn more about the puppies and kittens available for adoption.

Socialization is also a very important part of making our rescues more adoptable.  If you have any time to spare Monday through Friday between 9 and 1,  and would be willing to walk and play with our little friends at Morlen's, please contact Amy.


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Foster Care Corner

Lucy is currently in foster care with Jackie Pascher.  She is overcoming her shy nature and learning what love and attention are all about.  Lucy would make a great pet.  She is heartworm negative and ehrlichiosis positive.  Treatment with a low cost antibiotic will alleviate that problem.  If you are interested in adopting Lucy, contact Amy Williams at 497-4600.


Eric is a 6 year old boxer mix awaiting adoption.  He is currently residing in a home and is a very sweet dog.  He was microchipped in England prior to his arrival here 3+ years ago.  Unfortunately his owner was unable to take him with him when he left the island.

Currently Eric has been on monthly preventive heartworm and flea/tick treatment.  He is house and obedience trained and gets along with people and other dogs.  He has a super temperament, is in great health and would make a wonderful family pet.

If you are interested in adopting Eric, please contact Lynn Bordenet at 497-6332 or on her cell at 772-3717.

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Food Donations to Help Feral Cat Colonies

AARF is currently caring for feral cat colonies around the island that have been abandoned for various reasons.   We are looking for donations of cat food to help feed these populations until a stable caretaker can be identified at the site.  In particular stores may have food that the bag is broken or it is a bit out of date but can't be sold commercially.  Donations of these types of food items would be greatly appreciated.  We are willing to pick up as needed.  Please contact Suzie Donahue at 497-8177. 

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Recent Adoptions

Lucky is here in her special new home with Karece and Kasheema Webster and her big brother Sebastian.  Thanks for giving her a special new home.

Many thanks to Rakev Webster for facilitating this adoption and working so hard this month to find loving homes for our special adoptable pets.


Guilla is shown here with her specially kitty friend Bailey.  Mr & Mrs. Mike Rasso adopted her about 3 years ago while on their honeymoon.  She is certainly looking very happy with her friend.


Molly is shown here nose to nose with her kitty sister Grace.  Molly went to Puppy Angels for adoption last month and after treatment for worms is in her happy new home with The Sweeneys.


Annie is off to Texas with her new parents.  What a lucky girl!


Hi Sherry.

I am attaching a new picture of Ginger who we adopted on 7/24. She saw her vet yesterday for the second time and gained 5.5 pounds in two weeks! She is a GREAT dog. We are very happy with our newest family member. Thanks again. We will update you in the future.

 The McGee Family

Thanks to everyone who shared these great photos for our web site.  If you have photos and stories of your rescued pets, please share them with us and our newsletter community.  Contact


AARF Rescue Dog Makes Headline News!

In a recent article from the Concord Monitor about business owners taking dogs to work, we find Lilly an AARF rescue dog.  She went off to Puppy Angels in May of this year and found a great home with Mary Hewitt of Time4Change Embroidery.  I thought it was uncanny how Lilly looked so much like Mary's other dog Lindsey but they have decided she is a Jack Russell.   It makes a great story so be sure to read the article below.  Thanks to everyone involved in the transport and Sherry Morrall for sharing this article.

Sorry: the link to the article no longer works. We searched and it is gone. So the link was removed (May 2011).

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Current Adoption Statistics

  Puppy Dog Kitten Cat
Aug-04 Admitted 15 1 5 0
Adopted 12 0 2 0
Euthanized 6 0 3 0
Waiting Adoption 4 2 0 0
Died 0      

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 If a Dog Was Th e Teacher

If a dog was the teacher you would learn stuff like:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.


Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
When it's in your best interest, practice obedience

Let others know when they've invaded your territory.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and right back and make friends.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.

Be Loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

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