Mission: The animal rescue fund of the hamptons' mission is to actively rescue cats and dogs, provide quality care, and offer sanctuary until loving homes can be found.
Programs: Rescue and adoption - cats, dogs, puppies and kittens are cared for at arf's adoption center in wainscott, ny, until they find a loving home. Animals are also adopted from arf's mobile adoption van which travels throughout the tri-state area. A total of 1,185 animals were rescued in 2013 and 1,113 were adopted. At the arf adoption center the staff is always ready to help potential adopters make an informed decision on which animal is right for them, as well as help with any problems they may experience after adopting. Cat and dog rescues take place both locally and across the united states. The carolina transport program rescues adoptable dogs and cats from low demand/high kill north and south carolina kill shelters and transports them to arf's high demand/ "no kill" adoption center on the east end of long island. Arf also participates in puppy mill rescues, in cooperation with partners.
community outreach - the arf adoption center serves as an information hub for the local community. Knowing that strengthening the bond between owner and animal increases responsible pet ownership, arf offers dog obedience and agility classes every spring through fall. The people united with pets (pup) program, began in 1996, has helped local animal owners provide for their pets during times of crisis. The pup program provides veterinary care, boarding or in-home care, food, grooming and/or transportation for those in need. Arf also offers free rabies vaccinations and microchipping to community members who may not otherwise be able to afford it. Outreach to schools results in hundreds of school children visiting the adoption center and learning about kindness to animals.
operation cat - arf's operation cat (op cat) program, founded in 1997, is a pioneering feral cat trap/neuter/return program. In its 16th year, op cat is responsible for neutering over 18,000 feral cats from montauk to westhampton beach on the east end of long island. This program is implemented strictly by volunteers and overseen by a founding volunteer who has since become an arf staff member. A total of 1,210 spay/neuter surgeries were performed free of charge on feral cats and community animals in 2013.
I have been involved withThe Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons for many years. I have had the pleasure of watching it grow into the amazing facility it is today. Years ago,when I was teaching elementary school, ARF would come into the classroom with an animal or two and give presentations to the students. This type of outreach is still going on and is but one example of the community oriented sevices ARF offers. Once a week I take an ARF animal to the local nursing home as part of a pet visitation program. I help with the training of the dogs in the kennel, and assist with the care and socialization of the newly rescued dogs. I go on off-site adopt-a-thons and rescue transports. Arf now has two experienced dog trainers, and can also boast of having a CGC evaluator and veterinarian on staff. And speaking of staff, ARF has a dedicated and caring one. Add to this a group of wonderful volunteers, and you have a fabulous organization with which I am extremely proud to be associated. I am also a proud mom of several ARF animals.......we like to call them ARFans. They are, of course, perfect!
As a multiple adopter from The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF) in the past five years, with two puppy mill adoptions and three cats, there is a good reason why I have chosen to adopt from ARF. The facility is bright, cheerful and spotless. The dogs and cats are in areas that are sunny and well-ventilated, and there is a strong volunteer team who walk the dogs in the surrounding wooded area, and engage the cats. The staff is enthusiastic and caring. The animals at ARF have excellent veterinarian care, and every one that I have seen appears content and loved. The fundraising events are well-supported by the community. On a recent visit, there was a children's birthday party in the delightful cattery, where the birthday girl had her friends give a gift to ARF instead of a present to her. A win-win of teaching philanthropy and respect for animals. Well done, ARF!!