AARF  Newsletter

Volume 8, Issue 2                                                                                       

Summer 2008                                                                                                                  

“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things  - man will not himself find peace” 

Albert Sweitzer
















On Wednesday June 18th at the morning assembly at Road School, the Anuguilla Animal Rescue Foundation•s• Education Chairman, Linda Gratton accompanied by Vice President, Suzie Donahue, announced the winners of the 2008 Kathy Melby Memorial Education Project of the Year.



The 4th grade class of Teacher Ornette participated in the project this year that focused on how animals enrich our lives. Posters were created by the students that illustrated this theme. Three students were presented with cash prizes donated by the family of Kathy Melby who sponsors the program in her memory. The competition was established as a way to honor Kathy•s• kindness and love for the animals here in Anguilla after her unexpected passing in 2003. The Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation (AARF) in partnership with Road School has conducted the competition for the past 5 years.  AARF would like to thank all of the participants and congratulates the winners for 2008!


First Prize winner was Reshacina Warner who wrote that “Pets enrich our lives by helping us to see how wonderful they are”. 


Second Prize was won by Murnelsa Samuel whose poster stated that “Pets make us feel happy and responsible”


Third Prize winner Mariales Lelizione said she loves her cat Princess with all her heart.




On Thursday June 26th with AARF Shelter Volunteers available to assist with adoptions, we attempted our first adoption event from the AARF Shelter. We feel that it is much less stressful on the animals to have the adoptions at the shelter, plus we hope that the change of venue from the grocery store will stop any impulse adopting that might previously have happened. Unfortunately, we had no one that stopped by to adopt, but we feel certain with continued publicity we will be able to change the mindset of the community and have successful adoptions in the future. The AARF Shelter located at Morlens, newly renovated, Veterinary Hospital is open for adoptions Monday - Saturday from 10 - 1. If you are interested in adopting a puppy or kitten then please stop in and meet our volunteers and our adoptees. Call the Shelter at 476-2731 or Morlens at 497-4600 to find out who is available for adoption! 

If you are interested in volunteering at the shelter then contact our volunteer chairperson, Sally Baumwell at baumwell@anguillanet.com or the AARF Shelter at 476-2731 or send us an email at aarfinfo@aarf.ai. Volunteers are needed to help with adoptions, socialize puppies and kittens, walk dogs, clean crates, feed and water the animals in our care and offer general assistance to the Shelter Manager.

Shelter Volunteers - Eileen, Lisa, Mai- Britt, Sally & Joan. Also pictured Foster Parent Madeline!

Not pictured - Veronica, Chris and Suzie


AARF President, Chris Carty, has announced that the 2008 Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday September 24th at Roy•s• Bayside Grill. The meeting will begin at 5:30 PM and all AARF members and interested individuals are invited to attend. The slate of officers will be announced to the membership on August 24 – thirty days prior to the Annual General Meeting as stated in the bylaws of the organization. If you are interested in serving on the board or nominating someone for a position (with their consent) please contact Sally Baumwell our membership chairman at sbaumwell@yahoo.com or by email at aarfinfo@aarf.ai. The following positions are open and will be voted on by secret ballot at the AGM. 

Vice President
Recording Secretary
2 Members at Large

Only members in good standing (paid dues) will be allowed to vote. Dues may be paid prior to the beginning of the meeting. If you are not sure if your dues are due or would like to join please contact Sally - sbaumwell@yahoo.com. If you are not on island, but a member in good standing votes will be accepted by email to aarfinfo@aarf.ai until 5 PM on September 23rd. 

 The duties of the executive members are as follows:

President:  The President shall preside at all meetings of the Executive Committee and at all General and Special Meetings of the Society.  He/she shall execute all documents of the Society except documents related to the property of the Society vested in the Trustees, and shall exercise general supervision of the affairs of the Society, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee.  Except as otherwise specified, the President appoints all the chairs of all committees with the approval of the Executive Committee.  He/she shall be an ex-officio member of all committees and shall perform all usual duties incidental to his/her office.

Vice President:  The Vice President shall serve as Chairman of one of the standing committees as appointed by the President and assume all duties and responsibilities of that committee, assist the President in his/her duties and shall act in his/her place upon the President•s• designation and in his/her absence.

Recording Secretary: The Recording Secretary shall prepare the agenda as directed by the President for all meetings of the Society, sending a copy of the agenda to all members at least three (3) days before the meeting. Record, prepare and distribute minutes of all meetings and keep a record of the attendance of members at meetings. Keep an official copy of the constitution and rules with amendments as made from time to time. Secure permission and reserve if needed, a meeting place; and execute all documents dealing with the Friendly Societies Act and other official business as needed.

Treasurer: The Treasurer shall:  Receive and be responsible for all the funds of the Society, collect all membership dues and keep a financial account of all funds collected. Keep an itemized account of all receipts and disbursements and present a written report to the Society at the Annual General Meeting. Submit all books of accounts for audit. Account to the Executive Committee on demand. Prepare and propose an annual budget. Review proposals/recommendations fro other committees with regard to financial feasibility and every five years arrange for a revaluation of the assets of the society. Deliver to the newly elected Treasurer all money, vouchers, books and papers of the Society in his/her custody with a supplementary report covering all transactions to date.

Member at Large (2): Members at large will chair one of the standing committees as appointed by the President and assume all duties and responsibilities of that committee.  The standing committees include Fund Raising, Education, Communications, Membership &Volunteers, Adoptions & Policies and Procedures. 

Please consider volunteering for one of these positions. Your help is needed to continue the accomplishments AARF has made in the past 7 years.




Jackie Pascher

The AARF spotlight this issue shines on our treasurer. Jackie Pascher. Jackie has been a member of the AARF Board for several years and has served as the treasurer for 2 years. Jackie also volunteers for all the fundraising events, as well as keeping track of our expenditures and donations. Jackie is originally from Atlanta Georgia and moved to Anguilla in 1992 from Washington DC. She is the owner of a villa rental and real estate agency Island Dream Properties and has 2 dogs and a cat . Thank you Jackie for all those many hours of counting, collecting and balancing you have done for AARF!!




Kishma, Kainesia and Kevonique adopted Rex in January. He became very ill shortly after his adoption and they brought Rex to Morlens for treatment. After that very frightening ordeal they felt even closer to him. Kishma says that "Rex gets excited when he sees his "girls", especially Kevonique and even puts his front legs around her neck for a special hug! We LOVE Rex."

Thank you Kishma, Kainesia and Kevonique for giving Rex a wonderful home surrounded by with much love and care and for being a great AARF adoptive family! Rex is a lucky boy!!


                                                                Rex on adoption Day - January 08                                      Rex has surgery - June 08



Spot lived in Anguilla with his owners Michele and Roger until January 08 when he went to Europe to await his next assignment - ok  - Roger's next assignment!

Spot has spent a lovely summer in the Alps, in the London pubs and the South of France. As his vacation ends and he prepares to head for his next home in Barbados we thought you would enjoy pictures of his recent haunts! Spot you have it made!! Can't wait to hear how you like Barbados - welcome back to the Caribbean!!


                                                      Spot enjoys the Scenic Alps                                                  Lunch with friends at Cannes!



Giorgio was adopted by Vanessa in 2005 when a litter of kittens was left at the clinic. With a lot of love and care Giorgio, who was neutered under the AARF Adoption program, has grown up to be a very handsome kitty! Vanessa has also grown up - pictured below is her daughter Savannah with a very happy Giorgio!



                                               Vanessa & Giorgio - October 2005                                        Savannah & Giorgio - 2008




In January, frequent visitors Renee & Mike happened upon an adoption day. They live near Chicago and have 15 other dogs - many who they have also rescued over the years. Renee tells the story ...

" We had not even been in Anguilla for a day (having arrived Friday night late) and we went to Albert Lake's for groceries.  There she was!  I just knew.  She was so sad and downtrodden.  It was time for her to have a new home!!!  My Husband pretty much goes along with the plan, dog lover that he is.  Before we knew it, she was in my arms and he was calling the airlines to arrange for a boarding pass.  That was that.  God bless Madeline for opening her home and heart to Allie by allowing us to keep her at her house until our departure."  

Allie had an uneventful trip home and found our very quickly that the Chicago snows were lots of fun! And she loves her new family too!


                                    Allie meets her new family!                                                       Discovering SNOW!!



                   Allie in August 08 - has grown a little!!                                              Allie with one of her friends -  Riley!



If you have read previous newsletters, you may remember Maxwell - he is our "jet-setting" cat from Anguilla that now travels back and forth from San Francisco - spending the summer and fall there and then back home to AXA for winter and spring - what a gig!! Unfortunately, he was no where to be found on departure day and although friends were able to locate him and rushed him to the airport - it was too late -  he missed his flight by minutes. A request for help in getting him back to the States was sent out to all AARF members and supporters and we were extremely pleased to receive so many kind offers to take him back to the states including two directly to SFO in September. Joan, a long time visitor on the island, who was flying back to Los Angeles offered to take Maxwell in early August and off they went this past Saturday. What a relief it was for several of us who were concerned that he would give his "friends" a hard time getting him into his carrier and Joan an even harder time going through security at the airports where he would have to be taken out of his carrier and hand carried through and his carrier x-rayed! But it all worked out beautifully and Maxwell arrived at Los Angeles Airport and was happily met by his parents Reg and Alice and after an 8 hour drive back to his home in Northern California  - he is settled into his routine again, with his sister Maisie. Thanks to everyone who offered their support to get Maxwell home and to fellow Anguillian, Alexandro who helped Joan at security in San Juan! We are pretty certain that next trip Maxwell will be on his scheduled flight!!

Reg meets Joan at Los Angeles Airport with Maxwell!


                         Maxwell happy to be back in California!                                                         Chowing down with sister Maisie!



Morlens Veterinary Hospital in Sandy Hill started off 2008 with a bang, and since mid- January when the new surgical ward was finished and in use until the beginning of August  - 120 surgeries (79 dog and cat spays and 41 dog and cat neuters ) - have been completed!

 We are extremely grateful to Dr. Vanterpool, Dr. Linda O'Brien, Amy Williams and Maria Forman of Morlens Veterinary Hospital for their continued cooperation - without their dedication it would be impossible for AARF to exist. Since the inception of our spay/neuter program in Anguilla in July of 2003 AARF has sponsored surgeries for almost 1000 dogs and cats!! 

Did you know that one unspayed cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens in 7 years? And one unspayed female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in that same time span. 

AARF is making a difference through your support and generosity at our fundraising events. 

Thank you!



 AARF initiated a new adoption policy in November of 2005 that included a fee of $20 USD to adopt an animal and included free spay or neuter surgery when the puppy/kitten is old enough for the surgery (between 4 & 6 months), worming, flea/tick bath and the animals first set of vaccinations. Cats are also tested for feline aids/leukemia, which is an incurable disease transmitted from cat to cat and is common here on Anguilla.  Dogs are tested for heartworm, a parasite transmitted by mosquitoes  and erlichosis, a blood parasite transmitted by ticks. Both of these diseases are common on Anguilla and can be life threatening.  

New owners are provided with information on the proper care of their pet and encouraged to call AARF if they need any other assistance.  

In addition, AARF has also developed a surrender form that allows the owner of an unwanted dog or cat to leave the animal at the AARF Shelter at no charge. This permits the animal to then be put up for adoption. These animals will be accepted free, but need to be eating on their own which is usually at 6 weeks of age or older. It is hoped that unwanted dogs and cats will be taken to the AARF Shelter at Morlens Veterinary Hospital instead of being left to fend for themselves and causing a nuisance in the areas where they are abandoned.     

In 2007 AARF found forever homes for 220 puppies/dogs and kittens/cats - mostly in Anguilla. This year has already been a very busy one with 150 adoptions up to the beginning of August. Thank you to everyone that has welcomed these unfortunate animals into your hearts and homes and given them a second chance! 

Wanting to adopt?? Remember  -  we no longer have designated Adoption Days - all adoptions now take place at the AARF Shelter located at Morlens Veterinary Hospital on Long Path near the Sandy Hill Roundabout. Call the AARF Shelter to find out what we have for adoption 476-2761 or Morlens at 497-4600. We are open from 9 -1 Monday thru Friday and for appointments on Saturday.


       Distemper & Hurricane Tips



We are currently experiencing an outbreak of canine DISTEMPER here in Anguila and are advising vaccination for all unvaccinated dogs.

DISTEMPER is a highly contagious, often fatal, viral disease affecting dogs.

Unvaccinated puppies & immune compromised adult dogs are most susceptible.

Symptoms include: fever, ocular & nasal discharge, anorexia, vomiting & diarrhea; leading to dehydration & weight loss, muscle twitching & seizures.

A puppy or dog can progress quickly to central nervous system (CNS) disease including chewing gum fits or seizures without showing any previous signs of illness.

DISTEMPER is contracted by inhalation of the airborne virus that has been shed by infected puppies & dogs.

Treatment is mostly supportive. Antibiotics are administered to treat secondary bacterial infections including pneumonia. IV fluid administration may be indicated for dehydration resulting from vomiting & diarrhea. Anticonvulsant therapy is instituted for CNS disease or seizures.

Prognosis for dogs with CNS signs is grave. This disease is very often fatal. Particularly if the strain of virus appears to affect the nervous system – as the strain rampant on the island appears to.

PREVENTION is the only way to effectively treat distemper.

We recommend VACCINATION of puppies at 6 weeks of age followed by boosters every 3 weeks until 16 weeks of age. Adult dogs should be vaccinated annually.

Vaccination will also protect puppies from another serious viral disease endemic on the island.  PARVOVIRUS is a disease affecting unvaccinated puppies.  Signs include vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss & anorexia leading quickly to dehydration & often death.  Please seek veterinary care if your unvaccinated puppy is experiencing any of the clinical signs associated with either of these diseases.

The people who care for your pets at Morlens Veterinary Hospital are advising annual boosters for adult dogs & vaccination of all puppies starting at 6 weeks of age against canine distemper virus & canine parvovirus.

Please be aware of the contagious nature of these diseases & take the necessary precautions to protect your pet.

To make an appointment for your pet please contact Morlens Veterinary Hospital at 497-4600.


AARF Reminds Pet Owners to Plan Ahead for Hurricane Season 2008 

With an above-average hurricane season predicted for 2008, now is the time for pet owners to get prepared by creating a plan and gathering supplies so you are ready if a hurricane strikes. The key to survival during a disaster for you and your animals is to be as prepared as possible before the storm hits. Take the time to create a plan and assemble an emergency kit for your family including your pets. By taking these steps now, you will greatly increase your pet•s• chances of survival.  

AARF advises all pet owners to have a kit for their pet, which should include: 

  • Supply of food for 7 days in an airtight, water proof container
  • Drinking water for 7 days
  • Bowls for food and water
  • Vaccination records and physical description for each pet
  • Picture of each pet of possible
  • For dogs include--leash, collar and a sturdy carrier
  • For cats include--litter and litter box and a sturdy carrier

AARF also advises:  

  • Keep your animals with you; if you must leave an animal outside, do not leave him tethered.
  • Place the pet emergency supply kit by the door so it is ready to go if you need to evacuate quickly
  • Make sure your pet has visible identification on right now
  • Talk with a trusted neighbor who can care for your pets if you are away

 AARF also recommends the following tips for owners of livestock animals including goats, cows, chickens and pigs:

  • Livestock especially goats should not be tied during storms as it prevents them from seeking shelter from high water and blowing debris.
  • Ensure that poultry have access to high areas in which to perch, if they are in a flood-prone area, as well as to food and clean water.
  • Remove all barbed wire, and consider rerouting permanent fencing so that animals may move to high ground in a flood and to low-lying areas during high winds.
  • Obtain enough large containers to water your animals for at least a week as water supplies are often contaminated during a disaster.
  • Secure or remove anything that could become blowing debris, if you have boats, feed troughs, or other large containers, fill them with water before the hurricane. This prevents them from blowing around and also gives you an additional supply of water.
  • The leading causes of death of large animals in hurricanes and similar events are collapsed barns, dehydration, electrocution, and accidents resulting from fencing failure. If you own farm animals, you should take precautions to protect them from these hazards.



AARF always needs members and joining us can be very rewarding!  Memberships are vital to the life of the organization and all fees go directly to support AARF programs including animal care, spay/neuter clinics and education.  

Membership dues are:

Student (Under age 18) $13.00 EC / $5.00 US

 Regular $53.00 EC /$20.00US

 Senior (65 and over) $13.00EC/ $5.00US

 Family $ 80.00 EC/$30.00 US

 Corporate $300.00 EC /$112.00US. 

  Lifetime memberships (one time fee) $500.00EC / $186.00US. 

Volunteers are needed in areas of education, fundraising, adoption days, shelter volunteer and fostering those animals awaiting their permanent home.  If you can volunteer or want to adopt a puppy or kitten (adult animals as well), or know of ones that need homes, please call AARF at 476-2731. 


If you would like more information on AARF please visit our website at www.aarf.ai, send us an email at aarfinfo@aarf.ai or contact our Membership/Volunteer Chairman Sally Baumwell at sbaumwell@yahoo.com.

Or call AARF at 476-2731. 

If you are interested in becoming a member you can obtain a membership form via our Membership page. Or you can get one at the AARF Shelter located at Morlens Veterinary Hospital in Sandy Hill, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  

Completed membership forms may be sent to: 


PO Box RI 4228

Anguilla, BWI  AI 0264



Our "Spare Change Drive" is on-going so don't forget to drop those extra coins and cash at one of our locations! We really appreciate your donations and the proceeds go to our LeHigh Fund, (established in memory of David Johnson, an AARF member and foster parent), that assists financially with medical treatment for pet owners including spay and neuter surgery. In 2007 funds from the collection boxes/Lehigh fund provided free surgery for 61 dogs and cats, as well as heartworm treatments and other medical needs. Thank you Bob Turner for creating these permanent donation boxes for AARF and to the WISE project for their donation of 6 more boxes. The donation  boxes are located at the following establishments - Straw Hat, Bartlett•s• Collections, Wallblake Airport, Christine Fleming's Mini-Mart, Ashley's Pet Shop, Un Amore, Lake's Grocery, Morlens Veterinary Hospital, Tropical Flower, Fat Cat, Best Buy, Anguilla Techni Sales, Ashley's Grocery Blowing Point, Roy's Bayside Restaurant, Irie Life, Barrel Stay Restaurant, Foods 95 & Geraud's. 

Thank you to all the businesses that have agreed to support our cause.


Most of you know that AARF has some great t-shirts, hats and other merchandise for sale at Bartlett's Collections at the Sandy Ground Roundabout. Lynn & Calvin Bartlett have been huge supporters of AARF over the years and we are most grateful for their help in merchandising our products.

We are also grateful to long time visitor Steve Stanczyk of Wisconsin who has designed two of our long dog t-shirts for us, as well as a bumper sticker and along with his wife Angela, adopted their dog Maggie when they found her on the beach at Rendezvous Bay a few years ago. (Check out his company website, Kramer Printing to see his great work.) Steve's latest contribution to AARF is the long dog t-shirt shown below and modeled by Jennifer at Bartlett's.


Jennifer models the newest AARF T-shirt.




    Contributed by John & Rina Bedford


"The Rescued Dog"

Once I was a lonely dog, just looking for a home.

I had no forever place to go, no one to call my own.

I wandered in the bush and on the busy roads, in the rain & in the heat

I ate whatever I could find, always on the go - afraid I would be beat.

My skin would itch, my feet were sore, my body ached with pain,

And no one stopped to give a pat or gently say my name.

I never saw a loving glance, I was always on the run.

For some people thought that hurting me was really lots of fun.


And then one day I heard a voice so gentle, kind and sweet,

And arms so soft reached down to me and took me off my feet.

"No one again will hurt you," was whispered in my ear.

"You'll have a home to call your own where you will know no fear."

"You will be dry, you will be warm, you'll have enough to eat."

"And rest assured that when you sleep, your dreams will all be sweet."


I was afraid I must admit, I've lived so long in fear.

I can't remember when I let a human come so near.

And as she tended to my wounds and bathed and brushed my fur

She told me about the rescue group and what it meant to her.

She said, "We are a circle, a line that never ends.

And in the center there is you, protected by new friends.

And all of us are searching each day - near and far.

To find the perfect home for you, where you can be a star."

She said, "There is a family, that's waiting patiently,

and pretty soon we'll find them, just you wait and see.

And then they'll join our circle, they'll help to make it grow,

So there'll be room for more like you, who have no place to go."


I waited very patiently, the days they came and went.

Today's the day I thought, my family will be sent.

Then just when I began to think it wasn't meant to be,

There were people standing there, just gazing down at me.

I knew them in a heartbeat, I could tell they felt it too.

They said, "We have been waiting for a special dog like you."


Now, every night I say a prayer to all the gods that be.

"Thank you for the life I live and all you've given me.

But most of all protect the dogs in the bush and on the street.

And send a Rescue person to lift them off their feet."

By: Arlene Pace

Dear AARF Members and Friends - the goal of our newsletter is to keep you up to date on events and plans of the foundation. Please don't hesitate to send an email to aarfinfo@aarf.ai, if there is any topic you would like to see addressed . 

Thank you, Suzie