The Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation (AARF) is a non–profit organization dedicated to the
welfare of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.
We are 100% volunteer–driven with an adoption center and rescue shelter
located within Morlens Veterinary Clinic in Sandy Hill.


Established in 2000, AARF paved the way for Animal Welfare in Anguilla. 

A white and brown puppy sits with a smaller black puppy

Forever Loved, Forever Home.

AARF specialises in finding local forever homes for surrendered animals. 

Make a donation

We depend on financial contributions from supporting animal lovers to keep our shelter, education and spay/neuter programmes running. 

Click to read some responses to commonly asked questions.

Technically, the animal is surrendered to Morlens Veterinary Clinic. Surrendered animals require the person giving up the animal to fill out a surrender form, and we inform people that we'll try and find a home, but that it's not guaranteed. That said, surrendering is always a better option than abandoning an animal or “setting them free”.

The surrendered animal will be observed for a minimum of three days by the veterinarian on duty. Having been deemed socially adjusted and healthy for adoption, the animal is then bathed, dewormed and vaccinated and moved to the shelter.

For a minimum of 14 business days, AARF will do its utmost to find a forever home for the animal.

We depend entirely on generous donations from our supporters for our funding. We are not affiliated with the Government of Anguilla, nor do we receive any government agency funding.

Our work is made possible by the continuous private donations. We also raise money through our thrift store, Second Chances; fundraising events; and our locally sold merchandise.

Donors are allowed to earmark funds for specific campaigns or purposes, a practice that we welcome. Donated money is always spent for the donor–specified purpose, even our main fund (which we use mostly to operate our day-to-day shelter and adoptions programs).

No. As much as we would like to be a “no–kill” shelter, we are not. As the only animal shelter in Anguilla, it would not be responsible to have a no–euthanasia policy. This is a very complex and emotionally charged question, but let us explain:

As the only animal shelter in Anguilla, we do not charge for surrendered cats and dogs and we do not want to turn away animals under any circumstances. To be able to offer refuge to every animal in need at all times, we have to euthanize animals that are deemed unadoptable or remain unadopted for a certain time. Why? Because there continues to be more animals surrendered than there are available homes. This means that no matter how many kennels we could build, the shelter would eventually still become full, by which time we would have no choice but to turn away surrenders. It is a brutal reality to which responsible pet ownership and spay & neuter is the long–term solution.

Would it help if AARF had more money? Yes, but also no. Like in so many other parts of the world, there are still always more cats and dogs being surrendered than being adopted. With more money we could have more kennels and ability to treat more severe health issues and unsociable behavior, but it would not increase our adoptions. Furthermore, the shelter is a temporary home for abandoned and stray–born animals, where we provide the care that they need while we search for forever homes. It is not set up for long–term living and can therefore not be a forever home by itself.

When is an animal euthanized? All animals that enter the veterinary clinic and shelter are treated with dignity and respect. The decision to euthanize an animal is made by the on–duty veterinarian with regard to all prevailing circumstances. Some surrendered animals have such serious health issues or aggressive behavior that they will be euthanized upon arrival to the clinic. If we stand helpless and cannot provide anything else for the animal, we will at least be there by their side for a painless release.

People surrendering pets will also be told that euthanasia is the last resort when a home cannot be found for a cat or dog and all available options have been exhausted. However, there are programs that have helped greatly when local forever homes have been hard to find.

Are you striving to become a “no–kill” shelter? Yes, of course. Our dream is that one day unwanted puppies and kittens would no longer be born and that we could invest in every animal surrendered to the clinic without any restrictions and find them all a forever home.

By law, AARF is not and cannot be an animal control organization nor a dog catcher on Anguilla. We cannot offer any services for pickup of animals. Any reports of animals in need of assistance or posing a threat to themselves or others need to be directed to the Department of Natural Resources with whom we work closely. They are at (264) 497—2615.

When a stray animal is brought into the AARF shelter it will be cared for medically by Morlens Veterinary Clinic and AARF will undertake to try to find it a good home.

Any reports of aggressive dogs or excessive barking, as well as concerns relating to a starving, inhumanely chained or mistreated animal need also be directed to the Royal Anguilla Police Force at (264) 497—2333.

We do not recommend that you try to catch a dog or cat on your own as its behaviour when it feels trapped is unpredictable. In case of a medical emergency relating to an animal, always contact Morlens Veterinary Clinic  (264) 497—4600 and after hours emergencies (264) 581–4600.

Please remember that not all dogs in Anguilla without a collar are strays; in fact, commonly, they are not. Many dogs in Anguilla have owners and caregivers even though they are roaming free.

We do not recommend that you try to catch a roaming dog on your own as this animal may belong to someone. Additionally, its behaviour when it feels trapped is unpredictable. 

In case of a medical emergency relating to an animal, always contact Morlens Veterinary Clinic at  +1 (264) 497—4600 and, for after hours emergencies, call Morlens at  +1 (264) 581—4600.

Cats can, to a certain extent, live lives as feral animals (i.e. with no social relationship to people) and can survive in their environment. However, there is a risk of Feline Leukemia or FIV. Additionally, overpopulation because of limited trap-neuter-release is always a threat on an island. One unspayed female cat and her offspring can lead to 370,000 kittens in 7 years.

Trapping and immunizing cats is hard to do if they live in the bush and are wild and unsocial. Cats which are not fed consistently, even when feral, can also have adverse affects on the environment as they hunt local wildlife. 

Unlike cats, dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years and are poorly equipped to live without humans. Local experience shows that dogs whose basic needs are not met by an owner may become a threat to themselves and their environment.
Lack of immunization against the widespread and often fatal sicknesses, as well as not recieving preventative care for heartworm and tick fever, leads to islandwide epidemics. 

Other consquences include territorial aggression; traffic hazards; attacks on domestic pets, livestock and people; and overpopulation. Sadly, for these reasons, poisoning is quite common on island and besides resulting in a cruel and painful death, laid out poison traps affect innocent pets as well.

Find the newest member of your family

Our Adoptions Profile Instagram feed stays up-to-date with all our availble puppies and kittens. 

Happy tails start with you.

Adopting from AARF means peace of mind for you and your new pet. Veterinarians examine all surrendered animals ensuring they are vaccinated, dewormed and well-socialised by volunteers.


Browse our gallery

Take a look at the available dogs and cats on our website or social media pages. 


Visit the shelter

Call 497-4600 to schedule a visit to our shelter located at Morlens Veterinary Clinic in Sandy Hill.


Bring home your new pet

The US$25 adoption fee covers your pet's first vacciation and a free spay/neuter when they reach 6 months of age.


Start making memories

Email us pictures, tag @aarfanguilla in your photos or use the hashtag #anguilladog or #anguillacat to share your pet's new, happy life with our followers.

A brindle puppy lying down at the shelter
A Junior Volunteer with his puppy

Are you in North America and interested in adopting?

Visitors to Anguilla who want to provide a home for an available puppy or kitten can do so easily. If you aren't already on island, however, it can involve a few extra steps.


Regardless of how many homes we find for surrendered puppies and kittens, there will always be more in the shelter if we do not make strives to control the births of unwanted puppies and kittens. 

Not only will sterilization decrease the number of unwanted puppies and kittens born in Anguilla, it also has a number of health benefits for your pet.

Spaying and neutering offers protection from certain diseases and cancers. Females will be healthier and not harassed by males when in heat, and males will not feel a need to roam away from home to find a mate. It is also cost–effective as you don’t have to care for a litter or the consequences of your dog getting into fights over mating partners with other unneutered dogs.

Our spay/neuter programme is almost as important to us as our shelter itself. Through generous donations, we are able to offer a Free Spay/Neuter Month twice yearly. 

Residents of Anguilla can register their pets or a dog or cat in their community for access to this service. In addition to this, all animals adopted through AARF are spayed or neutered for free. 

Surgeries are fully funded by the AARF Spay/Neuter Funds donated specifically for that purpose. 

AARF prioritises educating people about the benefits of sterilization for their pets. Over the past 20 years, Anguilla has seen a significant decrease in stray dogs and cats which is testimony to increased awareness of both our programme and the benefit of the procedure.

Two tabby kittens with a black puppy
A brindle puppy sits on a bench with a larger tan and white puppy

What is an Anguilla Dog?

Commonly known as "yard dogs", the typical Anguilla Dog is not a mix that can be traced back to specific breeds, but there are still characteristics that are consistent enough to place the dogs into two distinct categories.

Read "The Life Raft"

A children's story written and illustrated by Jo-Anne Mason

An illustration of a kitten, dog, and puppy

The History of AARF

In September of 2000, a group of people with the hope of improving the lives and the care of companion animals of Anguilla joined together — and the Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation (AARF) was created. 

September 2000

AARF is formed

Veterinarians Drs. Berglund, Thye and Vanterpool (along with many other animal lovers) discuss the need for a rescue organisation on Anguilla but up to this point are faced with obstacles like lack of community interest and timing. Following the successful September meeting, the core group is finally able to organise a plan and AARF is born.

March 29, 2001

Online presence is created;
AARF becomes a member of the WSPA 

AARF’s website is launched and, in the age before social media, newsletters are published on a regular basis to keep supporters informed.

In this year, AARF also becomes recognised as a Friendly Society and joins the World Society for the Protection of Animals.

July 4, 2003

Launch of Spay/Neuter Programme

The first ever free spay and neuter clinic is conducted over a 5 day period. Participants are provided with flea and tick treatment donated by Hartz and an educational newsletter that contains information about health care issues, spay/neuter and dog licensing.

June 2005

First education programme launched

An art contest showing how students cared for their pets is sponsored and continued with AARF volunteers going to the elementary schools to speak with students about animal welfare and spay/neuter. Additionally, AARF board members attend yearly Animal Welfare Conferences to not only share Anguilla experiences, but learn from other organizations.

November 1, 2005

Development of new surrender and adoption procedures 

A fee is introduced to adopt an animal from AARF in order to offset the cost of veterinary examiniations and medical care for the adopted animals.
A surrender form is implemented which allows the owner of an unwanted dog or cat to leave the animal at Morlens at no charge. AARF hopes to reduce the amount of animals abandoned or dealt with inhumanely. 

January 2008

Establishment of the Shelter at Morlens

A dream comes true with the opening of the AARF Shelter in space donated by Morlens Veterinary Clinic owner and AARF’s first president, Dr. Patrick Vanterpool. The newly renovated office space and additional runs allow the shelter to accept any unwanted dogs, cats, kittens or puppies and find homes for them. Volunteers come in daily to help with adoptions, socialization and offer general assistance to the Morlens staff.


A revised logo marks AARF's 
10 Year Anniversary

Jackie Wavrunek, who designed the original logo in 2000, modifies it to better represent the needs of the organisation. The new logo keeps the imagery of animals on a life raft with a rising sun symbolising hope for their welfare and blue water representing the Caribbean. The goat is replaced by a dog wearing a collar to represent the feeling of ownership and eliminate any confusion that AARF might deal with livestock.

July 2014

Second Chances Thrift Store opens

As a way to diversify the stream of funds made available to the rescue, AARF opens its thirft store's doors for the first time.


A play yard is completed for the shelter puppies

Through donations from the Paws for a Cause Fundraising Project, AARF is able to complete construction on the Puppy Play Yard attached to the shelter. The area provides a place for rescue puppies to play as well as spend time with visitors and potential adopting families. 

June 2019

AARF disbands the 
Anguilla Puppy Express

In an effort to allocate more resourcess to on-island education intiatives to stop the births of unwanted puppies and kittens, AARF makes the decision to disband their pioneering international adoption courier programme which found homes for animals abroad, and focus more on Spay/Neuter Education in Anguilla to minimize unwanted births all together.


AARF becomes a registered
non-profit company in Anguilla

AARF transitions from a Friendly Society to a Non-profit Company in the Anguilla Company Registry.

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