Fresh in the News (see further down this column for more):
- Direct Hit by Category 1 Hurricane Gonzolo and other news (more), but the clinic is back up and running.
Available for Adoption
Give a forever home to one of our great puppies, kittens, cats and dogs! They’re shown below in date order; those at the top have been in the shelter the longest.
Dogs and puppies at the shelter:
- Terryboot — female puppy, 6 weeks old
- Arabella — female puppy, 9 weeks old
- Osbourne — male puppy, 6 weeks old
Kittens and cats at the shelter:
- Albena — female kitten, 6 weeks old
- Morris — male kitten, 6 weeks old
Note: For larger images and more information, click on any thumbnail image that has a visible border or go directly to our Available page.
Other Rescue Sites with Anguilla Puppies and Kittens
In the New Jersey area, Island Puppy Rescue (IPR) often has puppies of ours that were transported by helpful AARF friends. Also in the USA (in Southern Connecticut), The Animal Experts takes pets and puts them up for adoption.
The Animal Experts in Southern Connecticut
Are you in Connecticut? Elena, with The Animal Experts in southern Connecticut, is an AARF rescue partner. She finds forever homes for AARF kittens as well as puppies.
Island Puppy Rescue in New Jersey
Are you in the New Jersey area?
Island Puppy Rescue often has Anguilla (or other island) puppies in foster care. In fact, IPR has Anguillian puppies several times a year.
We will broadcast on this web site, our email list and Facebook when pets are available for adoption, but check their site often for news and photos.
Go to Island Puppy Rescue for full descriptions and adoption information.
Direct Hit by Hurricane Gonzolo but all Shelter guests safe
By now everyone has heard that Hurricane Gonzolo made a direct hit on Anguilla. We were fortunate to get updates and reports from Steve Donahue and Roy Peacock who runs the excellent Anguilla Tropical Weather Facebook page.
After passing right over Anguilla (the eye made a direct hit), power lines were down all over the island, people were due to be without power for days (and internet and wired communications for much longer than that.
The AARF shelter on the Easter end of the island was without power for a few days, although it was been cleaned up of all the water and mess inside thanks to thea mazing efforts by the Morlens crew! The animals are all safe.
Our Second Chances Thrift store took damage too, mainly to the grounds and our very nice donation box, which was torn apart. We are looking for help to repair the box.
Click on the collage photo at right to see a before photo of the Second Chances store on the Catholic church grounds (upper left), followed by after photos, as well as satellite photos of the hurricane over Anguilla.
Per Steve Donahue:
Gonzalo was a Category 1 hurricane when it passed over Anguilla at 8:00 pm on October 13th, with the lowest pressure for the storm at 984.8. Reports had the eye was passing over for about 20–30 minutes and the wind died down and the rain pretty much stopped. Highest wind recorded on the West End was 72 mph at 8:55 from the WSW. Rain estimate was about 5 inches.
(There were estimates of winds speeds as high as 85 mph on other parts of Anguilla.)
One person reported that during the hurricane water was forced in through keyholes.
The next day, Barnes Bay was rough but beach seemed OK, Maundays Bay had some erosion, but not as bad as in the past.
Older News Items
- Collars for a Cause Shelter Improvement Program update. Thank you to all that participated in our “Collars for a Cause” Fundraising Project to improve our Shelter/Adoption Center! With your support we raised nearly $3500, which will be used to make improvements at the AARF Shelter.
- Vet Clinic hours are now: Monday–Friday from 9:30 a.m. until noon / 3:30–5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. until noon.
- Congratulations to Janet Finegan, our 2013 Volunteer of the Year!
- AARF had its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 9th at 5.30 p.m. at Roy’s Bayside Grill. Minutes of that meeting will be posted and announced on this page.
- Amazon has rolled out its charity program Amazon Smile. Use your existing Amazon account, but go to smile.amazon.com instead and Amazon (not you) donates a portion of its profit to AARF. The prices and products are unchanged as far as you are concerned. So join (it's just a click) and then bookmark Smile. (more)
- We have sent so many puppies, dogs, kittens and cats to the USA and Canada that we decided to highlight some of them in a photo gallery. See the navigation bar to the left for the new menu item. We send puppies, kittens and older dogs/cats ALL the time, and it is very very easy to take them back with you (as a volunteer; we have fosters and rescuers who will meet you at the airport), or you can bring home your very own new family member. See our Adoption Basics page for all the details.
- Puppy Transport to the USA is always wanted (more)
- We always need newspapers! Puppies do what puppies do and they do it a lot. We should call them poopies… If you have newspapers that you can donate, just drop them off at the shelter during any open hours. Thank you.
- We have donated soft pet carriers, but need couriers to bring them to us. We will mail them to you in advance. (details)
- Got usable crates? We'd love them! (more)
- Volunteers always welcome and highly appreciated!(details)
- Our position on the dolphinarium (below)
Puppy/Kitten Airlift — Transport to North America needed
Be a Lifesaver!
October 2014: Sadly, the U.S. government has recently made some changes to the pet importation regulations that severely restrict the importation of puppies. They are trying to control rabies and bad puppy mills but have affected small rescue groups such as AARF as well. For the time being, we are unable to send any puppies to the US. We are hoping it’s temporary but it’s not looking positive at this point. We can send older puppies but they would be too big to travel in the cabin of the plane and would have to go cargo, which pretty much limits them to American Airlines flights at certain times of the year (due to temperature restrictions).
Not ready to adopt and take a loving bit of Anguilla home with you, but heading back from Anguilla to the US East Coast or Toronto?
If so, we almost always have puppies or kittens who need a lift — their expenses are paid and you would be saving a life!
We have an ongoing “puppy/kitten/cat/dog airlift” program to the U.S. East Coast and Toronto areas. As such, we need offers of puppy and kitten transport for those heading from Anguilla to:
- New York
- Rhode Island
…where we have AARF friends wafting to put them up for adoption.
It’s very easy and we will guide you through the process! We’ll cover the pet transport expenses, a carrier, the paperwork pet chow and more. All you have to do is make a reservation to include the kitten or puppy with your reservation locator, and then save a life by taking the little one onto the plane with you. You’ll be met at the other end by one of our rescuers.
People who have taken our puppies and kittens along with them in the past all say how much they enjoyed it. The pets are always the center of attention at the airline gates and on the plane and are good travelers.
If you are traveling from Anguilla or St. Maarten to the Northeast, please consider taking one of our puppies with you. The puppy’s expenses will be paid for. You just need to make a reservation with your airline, and the puppy will travel in a soft carrier that fits under the seat in front of you. It’s easy, it’s fun, and you will be playing a significant part in giving this puppy the future she deserves. When you land, one of our rescue friends will meet you at the airport to take the puppy to her foster or forever home. Give the gift of not just life, but a wonderful life.
When we say it is easy and fun, we mean it. Over 100 people have done this for us and they they have a great time doing it. See the graphic at the right for a couple of examples and the Gallery (bottom menu item in the Navigation bar on the left) for many more. (We are adding to this gallery as people send us photos, but you can see what you will accomplish by taking a puppy [or kitten when we can] to a great new home.)
Find out more by calling us at the shelter (264.476.2731) or send email to our general email account. If you know anyone who might be interested, please spread the word!
This program is funded via our Anguilla Puppy Express program, which is as self supporting as we can make it. (Learn mare.)
Shopping at Amazon? We can get a donation (Amazon donates, not you)
If you shop at Amazon, you can do so with no changes to you (all prices, shipping etc. are exactly the same as if you went through your normal Amazon portal), but in this case, Amazon will donate to AARF (AARC).
Your shopping experience with Amazon remains the same, price wise, shipping wise, experience wise!
You personally are not donating anything, so you get no hit to your wallet; the prices Amazon charge are exactly the same. Just shop as you do now, and Amazon does the rest. Learn more about the program.
You can even bookmark AmazonSmile instead of your regular Amazon bookmark. Simply go to smile.amazon.com, and make sure you are logged in to your regular Amazon account. Then you should see something like this graphic at the top left of your page — that is, the AmazonSmile logo, supporting AARC and of course, your account should all appear:
Then bookmark that page , and then use AmazonSmile for all your shopping from here on out.
Ready to go? Just use the Get started button below to link yourself with us as your charity of choice (you can choose any charity you like at any time).
Need Couriers to Bring Donated Carriers to Anguilla
Are you coming to Anguilla? Would you be willing to bring some soft pet carriers to us? These are carriers we have used in our Puppy Express program. We need them back after the puppies have been delivered so that we can use them again.
Since shipping items to Anguilla is quite expensive, we are hoping to find some travelers willing to bring us the carriers. Our donor will mail them to you. You don’t have to do anything except receive them in the mail and then bring one or two to us!
If you can bring one or two or more, we would be very grateful.
If you can help, send us an email at our main email address.
pet carriers and crates needed
Do you have usable pet carriers/crates you don’t need any more? AARF has a crate rental program (for the plastic ones), which is very useful for people who don’t have their own carriers and need one to transport their newly adopted puppy or bring in their kitten for follow up vaccinations.
Somehow these rental crates tend to disappear and we don’t have many right now. If you have an older but still usable carrier that you no longer need, please consider donating it to AARF; we could definitely use it.
From time to time we have a need for volunteers to do things like:
If you are interested in helping, please either send an email to our General email account or call the shelter at 476.2731. The shelter phone is only staffed when a volunteer is on duty, but it has voicemail. So leave a message if we’re not there and we’ll get back to you.
We have been asked about the dolphinarium at Blowing Point. Here is our position on the issue.
Welcome to AARF
The Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation (AARF) is a non–profit organization dedicated to the welfare of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens on the Caribbean island of Anguilla.
Founded in September 2000, we are 100% unpaid and 100% volunteer–driven with an adoption center and rescue shelter located within Anguilla’s only veterinary clinic.
Anguilla is a very small island which lies about 140 miles east of Puerto Rico. It’s very small — only 16 miles long by 3 miles wide. The land area is about 35 square miles, or about 91 km2. (If you want to learn more about Anguilla, here are a few pointers to more bits of information.)
The population is about 14,000 and the ratio of pets to those owners wanting pets is very high. Most people who want a pet have one, but there are many animals available.
And what great dogs and cats we have! Because of mixing over time, our dogs and cats are smart, have excellent personalities and are great looking too. They are in such great demand that dozens each year are adopted by visitors, and once their friends meet out about them, by their friends.
AARF History and Quick Tour
We have a short 3 minute video that shows our shelter. Links to various sizes and formats are lower down on this page in this column.
Our history is summarized in an article covering our our ten year anniversary (we turned 10 in 2010).
Promote the welfare of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens on Anguilla.
We work to accomplish that mission via several activities and programs. Specifically, we:
- Maintain an adoption center and rescue shelter that takes in unwanted animals.
- Provide for adoptions of healthy animals at a reasonable cost.
- Socialize incoming animals to make them adoptable.
- Educate the public in the humane treatment and care of animals. In particular, we have an education program that visits school children with a classroom presentation runs several times a year and publish articles in the nation’s newspaper and tourist literature.
- Attempt to reduce the population of unwanted animals through education and by providing spay and neuter surgery to new adopters and with targeted Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) programs. We provide for need–based spays and neuters on a case by case basis.
More About AARF
We are an established non–profit corporation and have a subsidiary corporation in Florida (the Anguilla Animal Rescue Corporation or AARC) that has been granted U.S. 501(c)(3) status.
We receive no funding from any official source; 100% of our budget comes from donations, fundraisers and the sale of a small amount of merchandise. Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) minutes talk about our finances and accomplishments. Our most current one is here.
If you would like to help, please see our How to Help page.
We have a PayPal account linked to AARC to make it easy to donate (and allowing for tax deduction) to AARF.
Click on the graphic on the navigation bar on this and many of our main pages. It’ll lead to our revamped “How to Help AARF” page. Thanks very much in advance to for wanting to help AARF.
Contact us if you have any questions or comments.
Also, please join our low–volume, one–way announce aarfupdate email list, which provides up to the minute information about happenings. We also have a two–way forum on Facebook for everyone to post news and items of interest.
We Have a Video!
We have a short video that describes us and shows our shelter. See it in various sizes (smallest to largest):
- Mobile (480 x 720), 7.5 MB
- High Quality (640 x 360), 17.4 MB
- High Definition (1280 x 720), 53 MB
- Huge (1920 x 1080), 68.7 MB
- Or see it on Vimeo
The video was generously done for us by Encyclomedia while they were here on Anguilla filming another project.
Web Site Notes
Click on images with a thick gray border (such as the one around Sandy the dog above) for an enlargement or for more information.