Throughout the last month, only 4 adoptable dogs needed to be euthanized at the Cumberland County Animal Shelter due to lack of space. A.A.R.F. has been working hard at moving animals from the shelter, into foster homes, other rescues and directly into homes of adopters! Thanks to Freedom Farm Sanctuary, Best Friends in Jamestown, Collie Rescue, Golden Retrieve Resce, Donna York and MANY MANY others for making this a possibility! While we have a ways to go with cats, there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel for dogs.
While we mourn the loss of those 4 canine friends, we are pleased with the decrease in euthanasia by over 70% in one month’s time. If you are interested in fostering, know that it’s the best way to save a life. Contact Jennifer or click on the “FOSTER” link on our site to learn more about fostering. Their lives depend on you! The animals below are still seeking their forever homes.
Thanks to a generous volunteer, A.A.R.F. now has a number of beautiful chrochetd blankets for our crates to keep the pups and kitties nice and comfortable! Judy Mars donated 12 blankets to A.A.R.F. which she hand made. She has agreed to continue making blankets if we can provide her with more yarn. If you have excess yarn, or would like to see one of our babies comfy in one of these great blankets, by purchasing a skane or two – please contact Jennifer at 931-261-7045 or drop it off in the donation bin at PETCO near the cash registers (ask an associate if you need assistance).
Gus is in need of sponsorship. He was brought to the Cumberland County Animal Shelter with an imbedded collar…and needs a vet visit and antibiotics. A.A.R.F. uses all donated funds to assist animals in need – and this boy needs your help. Please visit our website at www.aarf-tn.com and click the DONATE NOW button to contribute to Gus’s medical care. Thank You!
Thanks to our new friends who made the “Boner Run” this past weekend, raising funds to help A.A.R.F. animal rescue efforts! Their last stop, PETCO, before celebrating life in memory of our fallen friend Carol Jean Sisung (BRAT).
BRAT started the Boner Run in an effort to help support Animal Rescue efforts. Friend Cindy Thompson has carried on the legacy. To our new friends, and Savage, Brat’s husband, we thank you!
Wyndham Resorts, Flowers Bakery and many, many volunteers came out to support the Cumberland County Animal Shelter and AARF in one of the largest fundraisers this year! Wyndham donated 4 trailer loads of furniture which was sold to the public at rock bottom prices in an attempt to raise funds for the homeless animals in our region. Flowers Bakery donated snacks for sale at these events as well. We raised over $3000 to help the animal shelter and homeless animals in Cumberland County over this 7 day event! A BIG THANKS to all of the volunteers who came out to assist and support the shelter, and a BIG THANKS to all of you who came and purchased items for sale.
A.A.R.F. is holding a sale to support Non Profit Animal Rescue Efforts – THIS WEEKEND ONLY! Sofas, Sofa Sleepers, Entertainment Centers – $50, Chairs – $25, Lamps – $5, Stereos – $10, Televisions – $10, Pet Supplies, Grab Bags, Home Decor, Dog Clothes, Small Animal Supplies, Reptile Supplies – Come visit us at 28 W. Adams Street in Crossville, TN – right before the hospital coming from I40 on the corner of 127 and W. Adams. For more information, contact us at 931-260-8018. 8AM-8PM Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Come out and support a great cause – and get some great stuff in the process!
Cumberland County Animal Shelter is the place for the “Animal House, Open House!” this Saturday, July 30th from 10AM until 3PM. Thanks to the generous donations by the community, and from Wyndham Resort, the shelter will host a TREMENDOUS rummage sale to include furniture, patio furniture, entertainment centers, and lots of “Stuff”! There will be plenty of staff and volunteers on site to provide shelter tours, and conduct adoptions! Refreshments will be available, along with FREE adoption packs to anyone adopting a pet! This is a GREAT TIME to adopt – so come on out to the Cumberland County Animal Shelter THIS SATURDAY and support a GREAT CAUSE! From Interstate 40, Take exit 317 and head south on 127 towards Crossville. Follow for 6.5 Miles. Turn left onto Old Hwy Circle (White/Green sign on left) and make an immediate left onto East Lane. Follow east lane to the end (0.7 Miles) and you have arrived! Donations gladly accepted but not required.
As many of you are aware, A.A.R.F. works very closely with many low adoption rate shelters in this region. Our primary shelter focus in 2011 has been The Cumberland County Animal Shelter, and reducing the euthanasia at this shelter. We are working hard to put pre-adoption spay/neuter policies in place, transport dogs and puppies from this shelter to other shelters and rescues who are able to save these animals, while raising funds to purchase vaccines, wormers and other supplies that the shelter desperately needs. With the closing of the Humane Society in Cumberland County last year, who handled all of the city stray animals, the county shelter is taking in more and more animals – and are running out of space a lot quicker than before. In addition to the increased intake, A.A.R.F. is working to save more adoptable animals at this shelter than in the past, and working closely with the staff to identify these animals. All of this adds up to a tremendous amount of dogs to feed, and no food to feed them.
Director Jennifer Farley spoke with Kelly Darty, General Manager of PETCO store 1637 in Cookeville about this situation recently. A.A.R.F. has been the primary adoption partner for this store for the last four years and has developed a great relationship with the management there. Kelly requested immediate assistance from Paul Jolley with the PETCO FOUNDATION so that no dogs would go hungry at this shelter while we implement these new procedures. The request was approved, and the foundation donated well over 2000lbs of food to assist us in our mission. Currently, Cumberland County Animal Shelter is using approximately 1600lbs of food per month to feed their dogs.
We want to thank The PETCO FOUNDATION for their kindness and generosity. It would have taken us WELL over a month or two to raise enough funds to purchase this amount of food to keep this program going. Now we can use the money raised to assist with next month’s food needs, as well as vaccines and necessary veterinary supplies to keep the animals healthy, happy and ADOPTABLE!
For anyone who would like to assist us in our mission of assisting the Cumberland County homeless animals, and reducing the euthanasia rate at this shelter, we will gladly accept your monetary and supply donations. You may contact Jennifer at 931-260-8018 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may submit donations through our website via paypal. In the notes section, be sure to note that you would like for your donation to assist Cumberland County Shelter. You may also send checks to Cumberland County Animal Shelter Assistance C/O A.A.R.F. P.O. Box 4074 Cookeville, TN 38502. Your donations are tax deductible!
Melody Smith, Social Studies teacher at Algood Middle School, coordinated a service learning grant to use towards helping homeless animals right here in the Upper Cumberland. Melody and a group of 6th grade students arrived today at Petco and purchased $500 worth of merchandise to help A.A.R.F. efforts to house, feed and rehabilitate homeless animals. While Melody and A.A.R.F. director, Jennifer Farley shopped for supplies, the young students volunteered their time socializing, walking and playing with the dogs currently available for adoption. The girls also created a beautiful poster board for A.A.R.F. to use at events. A.A.R.F. Thanks Melody and the students for thinking of A.A.R.F. and the homeless animals.
Purchases include new pet huts, cat litter, cat food, much needed medications, puppy pens, beds, etc. All supplies were purchased here locally at PETCO!
Pictured from left to right, Jennifer Farley-A.A.R.F., Anita Jesser-PETCO, Linda Randall-A.A.R.F., Mikaela Scantland-Student, Abigail Brown-Student, Melody Smith-Teacher, and Calista Boyd-Student. Linda is holding Muffin. Abigail is holding Sam. Calista is holding Shadow on a leash. Next photo – some of the girls enjoy playing with the dogs at PETCO!
COOKEVILLE – RABIES CLINIC on Monday September 27th. To help make rabies history and to participate in World Rabies Day bring your dog or cat to one of the following clinics. From 1pm – 5pm at Animal Medical Clinic, Boyd Veterinary Clinic, Flatt Veterinary Clinic. From 1pm – 6pm at Copeland Veterinary Hospital or HSPC Spay Neuter Clinic. From 2pm – 4pm at the Animal Shelter with the House Call Veterinarian, Dr. Tyler Verble. Rabies vaccinations are $8 at all locations.