Volume 8, Issue 2
“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all
living things - man will not himself find peace”
2008 WINNERS OF THE KATHY
"EDUCATION PROJECT OF THE
YEAR" COMPETITION AT ROAD SCHOOL
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.
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
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.
INAUGURAL ADOPTION DAY AT THE AARF SHELTER
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!
you are interested in volunteering at the shelter then contact our volunteer
chairperson, Sally Baumwell at
email@example.com or the AARF Shelter at 476-2731 or send us an
email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Volunteers - Eileen, Lisa, Mai- Britt, Sally & Joan. Also pictured Foster Parent
pictured - Veronica, Chris and Suzie
GENERAL MEETING SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER
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 email@example.com or by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. The following
positions are open and will be voted on by secret ballot at the AGM.
2 Members at
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
If you are not on island, but a member in good standing votes will be
accepted by email to email@example.com
until 5 PM on September 23rd.
the executive members are as follows:
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
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.
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.
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
Members at large will chair one of the standing committees as appointed
by the President and assume all duties and responsibilities of that
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
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
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
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!
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!!
meets Joan at Los Angeles Airport with Maxwell!
Maxwell happy to be back in California!
Chowing down with sister Maisie!
SPAY & NEUTER FIGURES
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!
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!!
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.
is making a difference through your support and
generosity at our fundraising events.
ADOPTION PROGRAM UPDATE
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.
owners are provided with information on the proper care of their pet and
encouraged to call AARF if they need any other assistance.
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
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
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
Unvaccinated puppies & immune compromised adult dogs are most
include: fever, ocular & nasal discharge, anorexia, vomiting &
diarrhea; leading to dehydration & weight loss, muscle twitching
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
PREVENTION is the only way to effectively treat distemper.
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.
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.
be aware of the contagious nature of these diseases & take the
necessary precautions to protect your pet.
To make an appointment for your
contact Morlens Veterinary Hospital at 497-4600.
Reminds Pet Owners to Plan Ahead for Hurricane Season 2008
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
Student (Under age 18)
$13.00 EC / $5.00 US
$53.00 EC /$20.00US
Senior (65 and over)
80.00 EC/$30.00 US
$300.00 EC /$112.00US.
(one time fee) $500.00EC / $186.00US.
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.
would like more information on AARF please visit our website at www.aarf.ai,
send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our Membership/Volunteer Chairman
Sally Baumwell at email@example.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
Hill, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Completed membership forms may be sent to:
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.
AARF MERCHANDISE MAKE GREAT
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
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.
ON A LIGHTER NOTE:
Contributed by John & Rina Bedford
"The Rescued Dog"
was a lonely dog, just looking for a home.
no forever place to go, no one to call my own.
wandered in the bush and on the busy roads, in the rain & in the heat
whatever I could find, always on the go - afraid I would be beat.
skin would itch, my feet were sore, my body ached with pain,
one stopped to give a pat or gently say my name.
never saw a loving glance, I was always on the run.
some people thought that hurting me was really lots of fun.
then one day I heard a voice so gentle, kind and sweet,
arms so soft reached down to me and took me off my feet.
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."
will be dry, you will be warm, you'll have enough to eat."
rest assured that when you sleep, your dreams will all be sweet."
afraid I must admit, I've lived so long in fear.
can't remember when I let a human come so near.
she tended to my wounds and bathed and brushed my fur
told me about the rescue group and what it meant to her.
said, "We are a circle, a line that never ends.
the center there is you, protected by new friends.
all of us are searching each day - near and far.
find the perfect home for you, where you can be a star."
said, "There is a family, that's waiting patiently,
pretty soon we'll find them, just you wait and see.
then they'll join our circle, they'll help to make it grow,
there'll be room for more like you, who have no place to go."
waited very patiently, the days they came and went.
Today's the day I thought, my family will be sent.
just when I began to think it wasn't meant to be,
were people standing there, just gazing down at me.
them in a heartbeat, I could tell they felt it too.
said, "We have been waiting for a special dog like you."
every night I say a prayer to all the gods that be.
you for the life I live and all you've given me.
most of all protect the dogs in the bush and on the street.
send a Rescue person to lift them off their feet."
By: Arlene Pace
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
if there is any topic you would like to see addressed .
Thank you, Suzie