This is the AARF logo, which shows shows three animals on a yellow life raft: a small black and white kitten, a larger brown dog with a collar (a symbol of good animal care practice) and a small black and white dog. Grey clouds suggest an urgent need to find good homes for these animals. The raft (floating on blue waves representing the Caribbean sea surrounding Anguilla) shows that these animals have protectors in AARF and its many supporters. Finally, the sun peeks out from behind the clouds, signifying hope for these deserving animals.

Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation

Anguilla, British West Indies

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Available for Adoption / News

September 08

 

News Briefs

AARF TO END ITS PUPPY EXPRESS PROGRAM

Logo of the Anguilla Freedom Flyer Dog Rescue group

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AARF ended its Puppy Express program at the end of June so as to reinforce its focus on local animal welfare. A more full explanation about this decision is lower down on this page).

A new group, Anguilla Freedom Flyer Dog Rescue (see here for more information and links) dedicated to transports abroad of Anguillian puppies and dogs has been officially established and will take over international transports and adoption efforts. they have already coordinated several large transports of puppies and dogs!


At the Adoption Center/Shelter

Available for Adoption

Give a forever home to one of our great puppies, kittens, cats and dogs! They’re shown below in order of arrival; those at the top have been in the shelter the longest.

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NEW!! Photos of Available Pets are now on Instagram

Click here for Available Pets

We recently have created an Instagram account for AARF puppies, and photos posted there may be newer than this page. Please click on the above graphic or see:

AARF’s Instagram page (aarf_adoption)

Here is a test of showing our Instagram adoption page. If you click on an image, you should see a link to our aarf_adoption page on Instagram.

Dogs and puppies at the shelter:

  • Gimlet — male puppy, 8 weeks old.
  • Daiquiri — female puppy, 8 weeks old.
  • Margarita — female puppy, 8 weeks old.
  • Mojito — female puppy, 8 weeks old.
  • Shirley Temple — female puppy, 8 weeks old.
  • Rocket — female puppy, 20 weeks old.

Kittens and cats at the shelter:

Note: For larger images and more information, click on any thumbnail image that has a thick visible border or go directly to our Available page.

Gimlet

Daiquiri

Margarita

Mojito

Shirley Temple

Rocket


Other Rescue Sites

Sometimes you don’t have to travel to Anguilla to adopt. Your new island dog, cat, kitten or puppy may be closer than you think!

There are often transports to the US that take Anguillian pets transported by volunteers and then put up for adoption.

Anguilla Freedom Flyer Dog Rescue

The Anguilla Freedom Flyer Dog Rescue is a non–profit 501(c)(3) organization lead by Renee Rempert (of Chicago and Anguilla) and Leigh Fazzina (of Philadelphia), two Anguilla dog lovers who dedicate their free time and personal resources to help rescuing puppies.

The mission of the organization is to save all Anguilla puppies needing rescue by matchmaking Anguilla vacationers and travelers with a puppy awaiting his/her Freedom Flight to the USA.

The organization is working alongside AARF and Morlens Veterinary Clinic to ensure that all puppies are of the right age, vaccinated and healthy with their health certificates and ready for their “ Freedom Flights” to the United States.

Visit their Facebook group to learn more and to contact them. A web site is under development.

News

Other News Items

  • AARF TO END ITS PUPPY EXPRESS PROGRAM

    June 27, 2019

    Summary

    AARF will end its Puppy Express program and reinforce its focus on local animal welfare, effective as of this date. A new group dedicated to transports abroad of Anguillian puppies and dogs has been officially established and will take over international transports and adoption efforts.

    Background

    During its almost 20 year long history, volunteers at the Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation (AARF) have dedicated their commitment to animal welfare through programs of adoption, education, spay and neuter surgeries, community outreach and other initiatives. This article focuses on AARF’s long–standing adoption efforts.

    AARF’s adoption efforts have had great success over the years, especially since the shelter at Morlens Veterinary Clinic became available. Many, many great homes have been found for pets surrendered to AARF through AARF’s oversight, funding, education and many other activities.

    Fortunately, over the years, there has been a great love and desire for the island’s wonderfully smart and healthy mixed breed dogs referred to as island dogs (and, of course, island cats). Over the years, there have been many adoptions by visitors who arrived, fell in love, adopted and took their pets back home with them. This has been especially heartening since Anguilla has always had more cats and especially dogs than we can find local homes for.

    In fact, with AARF’s assistance, international adoptions (mostly to the USA and Canada) have exploded in the last few years. Over 700 puppies, kittens, dogs and cats have found great homes abroad since 2011!

    A large part of that has been due to the Anguilla Puppy Express (APE) program, which has run via dedicated donor–only funding and a small group of volunteers working to coordinate transports by matching shelter animals with volunteer transporters and rescue organizations abroad.

    Over time, this program has led to a growing group of tourists who have transported and adopted pets, with many transporters repeatedly participating in the APE program. The transporting group has grown steadily, with many new people joining as a result of word–of–mouth.

    Anguilla Freedom Flyer Dog Rescue Organization Formed

    Adding to AARF’s APE efforts, transports have begun by a new group called Anguilla Freedom Flyer Dog Rescue. Recently, they have greatly ramped up their transports and now can be publicly recognized as an international coordinator of puppy and dog transports.

    They’ve leveraged the existing large installed base of transporters and rescuers, have added their own, and have recently organized the transport of several puppies and older dogs to the USA.

    The organization has non–profit 501(c)(3) status and will be launching a web site soon. In the meantime, they have a Facebook Group designed to matchmake transporters with adopters. To learn more about the Anguilla Freedom Flyer Dog Rescue you can join the group here:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/336711253666855/

    Changeover

    Feeling comfortable that transport activities led by the Anguilla Freedom Flyer Dog Rescue can now run on their own, AARF has decided to discontinue its Anguilla Puppy Express program and reinforce its focus on local animal welfare.

    AARF will henceforth work with the local community increasingly focusing on education on animal welfare and controlling overpopulation via spay and neuter initiatives, as well as continuing to oversee the shelter program for rescue and local adoptions.

    AARF stands by to assist the Anguilla Freedom Flyer Dog Rescue organization and any transporters — and especially visitors wishing to adopt an Anguillian pet. And AARF is always interested in helping with adopters wanting one of Anguilla’s very special island kittens and cats.

    As before, visitors can come into the AARF shelter, adopt and take home their own island dogs and cats. AARF and Morlens will help with the process. It is still very easy to adopt and take your pet home with you! And for those abroad wanting an island dog, please contact Anguilla Freedom Flyer Dog Rescue with regard to transports overseas.

    Whether you are a local or a tourist, a cat or dog person, a full time animal lover or curious about meeting your first four legged furry friend, we invite you to visit the AARF shelter located in Morlens Veterinary Clinic in Sandy Hill. Opening hours and more information can be found on the AARF web site or on our AARF Anguilla Facebook page.

  • Second Chances Needs Donations

    Please save your gently used clothing, housewares and fully working electronics, because the store is reopening on June 5th. You could bring the donations to the store, or to our rebuilt drop box at the Catholic Church in The Valley.

    Second Chances is looking for all kinds of donations, including:

    • Men’s clothing
    • Ultra Fine Sharpies
    • ball point pens
    • Curtains and other linens
    • Household items
    • Toys and games
    • DVDs in working condition. Have some that you don’t want them any more? We’ll happily take them!
    • Electronics in working order, including any charging bricks or cables needed to use the electronics.
    • Suitcases

    To donate or find out more, please see our Second Chances page.

     

About AARF

Information in a Nutshell

Shelter Hours of Operation

AARF hours:

  • Mon: 10:00 am–12:30 pm and 3:30–5:30 pm
  • Tue: 10:00 am–12:30 pm and 3:30–5:30 pm
  • Wed: 10:00 am–12:30 pm and 3:30–5:30 pm
  • Thu: 10:00 am–12:30 pm ONLY (closed in the afternoon)
  • Fri: 10:00 am–12:30 pm and 3:30–5:30 pm
  • Sat: 10:00 am–1:00 pm

Morlens lists their open hours on their web site. Our hours are shorter to allow for cleaning and feeding.

Contact info

Phone numbers:

  • AARF: (264) 476–2731
  • Morlens: (264) 497–4600 (office)
  • Morlens: (264) 581–4600 (after hours emergency)

Email (This is in a graphic for security):

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Directions to AARF

The AARF adoption center and rescue shelter is in the Morlens building. Click on the image or here for a a map and directions. See above for hours.

Map to AARF and Morlens

Social Media

Facebook pages: Aarf Anguilla and Anguillian Pet Owners group.

One way, low volume email list: AARFUpdate. (Sign up required; follow the link.)

AARF Information

Map of the Caribbean showing location of Anguilla

Anguilla is where?

Sandy

Sandy, AARF poster boy

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 (map) 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

Founded in 2000, our history is summarized in an article covering our our ten year anniversary.

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.

Mission Statement

Our mission:

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 several times a year and we 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. Our Spay and Neuter program is making a tangible difference: even repeat visitors have commented on the difference!

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 at all from any 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 AGM minutes can be found here.

If you would like to help, please see our How to Help page.

PayPal logo 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 3 minute video that describes us and shows our shelter. See it in various sizes (smallest to largest):

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.