2012 Grant Recipient #3: AARF

Posted by Jennifer on July 5th, 2012

Congratulations to AARF, the 3rd grant recipient from the 2012 Adopt-a-Pet.com $20,000 Veterinary Care Fund! We are so moved by the amazing lengths rescues and shelters go to give homeless pets a chance at getting healthy so they can be adopted – and think you will be too! We’re sharing the recipients’ stories here on our Shelter Blog. Here’s how a $1,000 grant will change the life of a pet or pets in their care:

Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation (AARF)
http://www.adoptapet.com/adoption_rescue/69909.html
Richmond VA 23226

Dear Adopt-a-Pet,

Thank you all that work so hard to promote our pets for giving us the opportunity to apply for a grant. We wouldn’t be as successful as we are at helping the homeless animals in our community if it weren’t for the Adopt-a-Pet site.

I am writing as a volunteer who is proud of all the work AARF does in the community on a shoe-string budget. I am constantly amazed and impressed how such a small group of dedicated members can do so much to help both people and animals, and never compromise what is best for the dogs and cats of AARF.

Recently a woman reached out to a number of rescue groups about her neighbor who started out as a backyard breeder but quickly became overwhelmed with 28 chihuahuas. AARF was the group to answer her call, and in the middle of a thunderstorm was able to get all of them out safely and vet them the next day. The vet bills were astronomical as they all needed spay/neuter, were covered in fleas, one had a broken jaw, and another had to go to the emergency vet.

Just 2 weeks ago another urgent call came in from a man with a chocolate lab with her 8 puppies living in a car. Within hours, the man found the help he needed thru a wonderful AARF foster home. These are just 2 examples of AARF helping in the community, but they also help several pounds. They send volunteers in, take photos, assess each dog, and then post to the public and network to the rescue community. Many of these rural pounds would have close to a 100% euthanasia rate, but AARF has been able to significantly reduce it by working in conjunction with fosters and other rescue groups.

AARF is an integral part of the rescue community and is one of the oldest most established groups. While it has remained a small group of core volunteers, the work it does is truly amazing. Thank you for your consideration in helping AARF continue to provide aid to the VA area dogs. We certainly need it!

Attached are a before/after picture of a small breed dog we discovered was a purebred schnauzer after a good grooming!

Adoptions at our big May event- Paws in the Park

and a small shepherd mix we rescued from a high kill shelter that had been hit by a car and had an embedded collar. Sweetest dog you’ve ever met- but now spoiled rotten in her new home!!


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