This is the AARF logo, which shows three animals on a yellow life raft: a small black and white kitten, a larger brown dog with a collar and a small black and white dog. Grey clouds suggest an urgent need to find good homes for these animals. Floating on blue waves suggesting the Caribbean sea that surrounds Anguilla, the raft shows that these animals have a protector in AARF and its supporters. Finally, the sun peeks out from behind the clouds, representing hope for these deserving animals.

AARF Newsletter 2011, Quarter 4

Volume 11, Issue 4

October–December 2011

Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.

—Albert Schweitzer

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This newsletter covers the fourth quarter of 2011.

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Bingo on the Beach


Bingo on the beach. Prizes, food, drinks and lots of Bingo games, while a warm Caribbean breeze blows into concentrating faces.

Unless the rain pours down.

Then everyone has to scramble inside under the roof.

Thereupon, Bingo continues, though in a much more intimate setting. (The crowd crowded into a crowded setting?)

Still, that did not change the fun evening. even though many continued playing Bingo standing up.

The dinner special (choice of two dinners), drinks, Bingo and, yes, those prizes were definitely enjoyed. Prizes such as food from some of our outstanding restaurants, art from prestigious galleries and artists, relaxing treatments, fun events, travel and even cash.

We played 18 games in all. Bingo fans will appreciate that we played a variety of games, such as any row, any two rows, the “T”, inside and outside squares, the “X” and, of course, a full card blackout for the grand prize. And then we topped that off with three raffle prizes.

We cannot emphasize enough what a great place Roy’s is. The proprietors, Roy and Mandy have created a friendly British pub setting on the beach in Sandy Ground and have many fun events, including their famous Friday evening Happy Hours (which feature dinner and drinks night on Fridays, 5.30 to 7 p.m.; they have been consistently populated by happy ex–pats and locals for years).

Visit Roy’s anytime for dinner, drinks, the Happy Hours or to sip a beverage and enjoy the wi–fi. Here is a link to the Bayside Grill web site as well as our simple link with a map and directions.

See below for the prizes, and to see how generous our donors are! Please check out our donors if you have a chance. Most can be found on the web and in our tourist brochures. Very grateful thanks go to our prize donors:

  • Two Sony clock radios (donated by Penny Hope–Ross)
  • Zimzalla: hair cut
  • Devonish Art Gallery: art work
  • Seaside Stables: horseback ride for two
  • Pumphouse: dinner for two
  • Zazaa: $50 Gift Certificate & Jo–Anne Mason Books
  • Kurt Russell: art work
  • Straw Hat: dinner for two
  • Anguilla Youth Sailing Club (AYSC): sailing lessons
  • Mangos: dinner for two
  • Mayoumba: performance and dinner for two
  • Taino Wellness Centre: Jill Walker massage
  • Jennifer Phillips Bryan: massage
  • Funtime: two roundtrip transfers (Anguilla–Sint Maarten airport)
  • Lunch Prize – lunch for two at Cuisinart, Prickly Pear and Geraud’s Patisserie
  • Anguilla Air Express: round trip Anguilla–San Juan for one
  • Gumbsie Car Rental: 1 week car rental
  • Nagico Insurance: US$250 cash prize

Yard Sale

Our biggest fundraisers are our Yard Sales — we could not operate without them! Please continue to help us with donations of gently used goods, and by coming to our sales!

On September 17th and December 10th, we had yard sales, which again raised crucial funds for our operation, while offering tremendous bargains on quality goods.

We continue to be pleased with having our sales every few months so that we can showcase the very nice goods we receive as donations as early as possible. Please attend — you not be disappointed.

Please support us with your donations of gently used (and functional) goods (clothing, books, household goods, electronics, games, and more); drop them off at Anguilla Techni–Sales (map) or the shelter (map/directions/about the shelter). Give us a call at the shelter if you have questions (hours/phone).

As usual, Gayle, our fundraising chairperson, keeps this event running smoothly, and she gets our thanks and kudos!

Future sale dates and directions to the Bayside Grill are listed here. Come by and meet volunteers, meet Roy and Mandy, and find some great bargains!

Thank you

The support you give us financially — as well as being our friends — helps us care for our animals and find them homes. In particular, we’ve really been lucky with many adoptions back to the USA (see our Happy Tails for examples), and we really want to keep that up.

However, this year has been a particularly rough one with so many animals needing adoption. We were deluged these past several months with a very large number of surrenders. And because of that, we are in financial distress. We like to ask for donations.

If you can help, checks can be sent to our Treasurer at the following USA forwarding address (the line that says “ANGPO” must visibly appear on the envelope, that’s why we have it twice. The word ANGPO is what gets it sent to Anguilla (as opposed to, say, Barbados):

  • AARF Treasurer / ANGPO
  • 12600 NW 107th Ave
  • Medley, FL 33178-3127

Thank you very very much for your support; we couldn’t do it without you!

Happy Tails

Pumphouse Fred, Clara and Annie

Pumphouse Fred

The "kids" go RVing

Pumphouse Fred — the name pretty much tells the story by itself.

If you come to Anguilla you must be familiar with the great Pumphouse restaurant at Sandy Ground. If you havent been there yet, go for the food and music.

At any rate, the Pumphouse is where Fred got his start. And his name.

Luckily he was rescued by Lynn and George years ago and until recently, Fred actually returned each year with his new parents to spend a few months in his old home town and meet with his fans.

Today, he is a bit too old to travel by air, but he still keeps busy and spends his time in Florida as well as upstate New York. And seemingly, points in between.

You see, Fred satisfies his travel urges by motoring in style in an RV. And Fred gets to do that with his two Anguillian sisters Annie and Clara, who were also adopted from AARF (on separate occasions).

From the supplied photos, Fred and all seem to like life on the road. Unlike children, it appears Fred does not care if "we are there yet".

Thank you Lynn and George for your continued support of AARF and for giving Pumphouse Fred, Clara and Annie wonderful forever homes.

On a Lighter Note

In our continuing efforts to educate folks on just how much time one can waste on the internet (other than Facebook), this time we bring up internet “memes”.

While memes have been around for years, DIY memes are all the rage these days; many come with a blank image so that you can create your own text. Examples are the well–known “Dos Equis man” and the “what people think I do” sets of images. (Warning: many meme images are not suitable for say, family dinner.)

Here are a few family–safe ones we found that feature a boss cat called “Business Cat”, a boss dog and a cat dressed in some sort of uniform (“Captain Kitteh”).















Until next time, thank you again for all you do for animals and AARF.