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30 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

‘THE BIG GAME SHOW’ comes to Crossville in 3rd annual AARF fundraiser

The Big Game Show

Funds will go towards the purchase of new rescue transport vehicle

AARF (All About Rescue and Fixin’ Inc.) is excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for their 3rd annual fundraiser. Funds raised go toward a new rescue transport vehicle for AARF. This year’s festivities feature the fun and entertaining “The Big Game Show” – who host corporate events for huge companies such as: Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Delta Airlines and more. They have even been on ESPN hosting competitions before college games.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 24 at the Convention & Events Center of the Cumberlands, located at 5429 Peavine Rd in Crossville. Doors will open at 5:00PM with dinner and the show from 6PM – 9PM. The evening will also feature fun games, awesome door prizes, fun drawings, and live and silent auctions.

The Big Game ShowAARF (All About Rescue and Fixin’ Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed by a small group of volunteers with a passion for animals. They are a foster based animal rescue organization based in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee. They pull animals from high risk situations, such as local animal shelters, and strays from counties who do not have the luxury of having an animal shelter. In addition to their adoption program, they work closely with many local animal shelters to ensure that animals are not euthanized for space. In 2012, they started the AARF ‘freedom ride’ transport program, which relocates homeless animals directly from our local animal shelters to guaranteed adoption facilities in the north. This program has proven successful in reducing euthanasia of dogs and cats in our local shelters from around 80% to nearly 10%.

Founded in 2007, 2017 marks the 10th year as an organization for AARF – and they are hoping to make this year’s event bigger than the last, which raised $10,000 to fund the rescue transport program. Since 2007, AARF has saved the lives of nearly 10,000 pets. The rescue transport program moves animals from our overcrowded shelters to their no-kill shelter partners in the North, where these unwanted dogs and cats will be quickly adopted. Volunteers drive the brightly wrapped rescue transport vehicle on their ‘freedom rides’ and deliver these animals to facilities where they are guaranteed to find homes. The transport vehicle currently has 260,000 miles on the odometer, and raising funds to replace it is the goal of this fundraiser.

If you have a heart for animals, and are looking to help, this is an outstanding way to do so while also enjoying a fun-filled evening at “The Big Game Show.” Tickets are $30 each and limited seats are still available – you can reserve tables of 8 for your group today. Dinner will be catered by Scarlett Catering and will include an entree, salad, rolls, dessert and refreshments, also B.Y.O.B! To get your tickets, call 931-210-3606 or 931-200-6313. Tickets may also be picked up at Bean, Smith & Burnett, which is at 300 Thurman Ave in Crossville, or at Timeless Treasures & Gifts next to the Stonehaus Winery. In Cookeville, tickets can be picked up at First National Bank (details to follow).

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11 January 2017 ~ 0 Comments

2016 Statistics

Stellar Year thanks to the dedication and determination of a lot of hardworking volunteers!

2016
Total Rescued: 2,469
Dogs: 1,644
Cats: 825

Rescued Through Adoption Program 867
Dogs: 480
Cats: 387

Rescued Through Transport Program 1,602
Dogs: 1,164
Cats: 438

Euthanized (A.A.R.F. Only Euthanizes when our Veterinarians determine this to be the most humane course of action) 16
Dogs: 5
Cats: 11

Passed Away: 14
Dogs: 1
Cats: 13

Reclaimed: 2
Dogs: 0
Cats: 2

Adoptions: 487
Dogs: 334
Cats: 153

TNR: 1
Cats: 1

Transported: 1,602
Dogs: 1,164
Cats: 438

Program to Date Statistics

Total Rescued: 12,135
Dogs: 9,568
Cats: 2,567
Adoption Program: 4,535
Transport Program: 7,600

Euthanized: 31
Dogs: 11
Cats: 20

Passed Away: 172
Dogs: 61
Cats: 111

Reclaimed: 11
Dogs: 7
Cats: 4

Adoptions: 3,405
Dogs: 2,262
Cats: 1,143

Escaped: 4
Dogs: 3
Cats: 1

TNR: 5
Cats: 5

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01 January 2015 ~ 1 Comment

2014 Adoptions and Stats

We are thrilled to report our 2014 Statistics! Looking forward to an even bigger 2015!

ADOPTION PROGRAM
TOTAL RESCUED: 753
Dogs: 525
Cats: 228

Euthanized: 6 Felines
Reason for Euthansia: FIP – Un-treatable – Veterinary Directed

PASSED AWAY IN OUR CARE: 16
Puppies – Failure to Thrive/Fading Puppy Syndrome: 6
Felines – FIP: 10

RECLAIMED: 7
Dogs – 4
Cats – 3

ADOPTIONS: 698
Dogs: 506
Cats: 192

TRANSPORT PROGRAM: 1,343

Dogs: 1,332
Cats: 11

Adoption Rate of Transported Dogs: 98%
Euthanasia Rate of Transported Dogs: 0%
Total Number of Transports Conducted 2012-Current: 98
Average Cost per Transport: $509

TOTAL ANIMALS RESCUED BY AARF 2014: 2,096
Dogs: 1,857
Cats: 239

To our Volunteers, Donors, Veterinarians, Drivers and Rescue Partners – THANK YOU!

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29 October 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Adoption Event November 8th at Petco

Please come join us and meet our many dogs and cats for adoption at the Cookeville Petco store, 377 W Jackson St #11, Cookeville, TN 38501. We will be at Petco from 12-5pm on November 8th. Volunteers welcome!

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28 November 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Think you are ready to adopt a dog? Read this Top 10 List to find out.

By Maggie B.

Most of my time spent writing about animals is telling you reasons why you should adopt an animal, but sometimes, we also need to remember the situations in which it is better NOT to get a pet. Below I have written about some situations you might find yourself in where it is a better choice not to get the pet, or at least, consider the situation heavily before you do get the pet. And the reason I am writing about it is because these are the people who wind up surrendering their animals back to the shelters, which takes away valuable time it could have spent looking for its true forever home (especially when people adopt tiny puppies and surrender them as grown dogs!). Not all animal surrenders are made by people who hate animals and had malicious intent–sometimes, you find yourself in an unpredictable, unavoidable situation, and we understand this, but sometimes, of course, the entire situation could have been avoided with a little forethought. So take a look if you are considering getting a pet; it is a huge decision and definitely not one that should be made lightly!

1. If you are allergic to animals, do not adopt one. You might be able to deal with itchy, watery eyes once in a while, but when it’s a day-in, day-out, 24/7 for the rest of the dog’s life thing, it will be unbearable, no matter how much you love animals. Stick to living vicariously through a friend’s dog, and get a fish.

2. If you live with a roommate that you do not intend to live with forever, do not adopt a dog together. You might think that in this situation, people parting ways would both want the dog, but unfortunately what happens more often than not is that neither person wants the dog and had counted on the other person to take it. If you live with a roommate and definitely want a dog, make sure you have a definite plan for which one will take the dog if your living situation changes.

3. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, heavily consider how a new dog will fit in with a new baby. If you think you might feel like the dog will threaten the baby in any way, do not get one.

4. For that matter, if you think you might have kids at any point during this dog’s lifetime, really think about what dog you are getting. If the dog is not good with kids, you might think that since you don’t have kids right now, it will be okay. But if you are planning on having kids 10 years from now, what could likely happen is that you will wind up surrendering a senior dog. Dogs that are not kid-friendly are best for people who do not have kids and never plan on it, or whose kids are already grown (and who do not have grandkids, either!).

5. If you are in any kind of sketchy situation financially, it is not a good time to adopt a dog. First of all, dogs are not free to feed. But secondly, even if you can afford to feed it, are you going to be able to afford emergency medical care in the case of an accident? Unfortunately, dogs are much more likely to be in life-threatening accidents than people are. Are you financially able to see to it that your dog is not in pain, and what’s more, to see to it that your animal does not get the death sentence from a simple broken leg because your financial situation forces you to pick euthanasia over routine medical care? And even if you choose to provide medical care for your animal, is that choice going to force your family to do without things they need? If so, it is not a good time to adopt a dog. The first clue is always the adoption fee. If you feel like you cannot afford the adoption fee, unfortunately, you probably cannot afford to have the dog.

6. If you are planning on moving at any point during the dog’s lifetime, are you prepared to find a home that will allow your pet to come with you? The NUMBER ONE reason we hear for people surrendering their animals is that they are moving and cannot take the animal along.

7. And on that note, before you adopt an animal, you must be certain that your landlord allows animals! (This is why we always ask for their phone number). We cannot tell you how many times we have heard, “Well, technically animals aren’t allowed, but the landlord won’t care.” Well, even if he doesn’t care right now, he could, at any point, decide to care, and if your lease says that you are not allowed to have animals, he is well within his legal rights to force you to either give up your pet or give up your home. This is not a choice you want to have to make.

8. If you are ill or elderly, or both, you will want to heavily consider whether or not adopting an animal is the right choice for you. We understand that if you are sick, you might find comfort in having a pet. Just make sure that if the time comes that you are unable to care for your pet, you have already made other arrangements for it, such as by ensuring that a friend or family member will take on the responsibility of caring for your pet (for the rest of its life). It is heartbreaking for an elderly or sick person to have to surrender their animal to a shelter, not because they don’t love the dog, but because they cannot take care of it any longer, but no one in their family will step up to do it either (And yes, it happens more than you would think).

9. Pets should never be gifts, unless the pet is for your child, AND you will personally be the one who is responsible for the pet. Now, this is not to say that you cannot pay the adoption fee for someone as a gift; however, whoever is getting the animal absolutely needs to be the one to pick it out and pick it up! Choosing an animal to care for for its entire life is a personal choice that should only be made by the person who will keep the pet. If you pick out someone else’s pet, what if you pick one they would not have picked personally? And, pets should NEVER EVER be a surprise! If you are planning on surprising someone with a pet, what if they did not want one?! Don’t do it. Finally, even if the pet is a gift for your child, avoid it as a holiday present. Why? Because it is easy to get in the spirit of giving during the holidays, and while this in and of itself is noble and good, it also means that you might make hasty purchases that were ultimately unnecessary, and those gifts wind up being returned. This is fine if it’s a sweater, not fine if it’s an animal. That said, we love for our pets to go home for the holidays, and we are certainly not saying that you shouldn’t adopt just because it’s the holiday season. But just make sure that this decision is made carefully, with plenty of time and thought put into it. (As a matter of fact, this should always be the case, no matter what time of year it is!).

10. Finally, do not adopt a pet just because you feel sorry for it. It’s a very sweet sentiment, but ultimately the wrong decision if you do not really, really want the pet. Unless you are truly prepared to care for the pet for the rest of its life, it is better to leave it for someone else. You do not want to make a decision you will soon regret just because the animal tugged on your heartstrings. If the animal is in a no-kill shelter, it will find someone. If the animal is in a kill-shelter, you might want to consider fostering it until it can find a permanent home. Also consider donating to or volunteering for an animal shelter if you really want to help out but are not fully prepared to adopt. Now, of course, if you feel sorry for the animal, but you also think you will feel a connection and love for it and absolutely want to care for it for the rest of its life, then go right ahead! Go you! But don’t make a hasty decision–because those wind up being bad decisions.

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10 July 2013 ~ 1 Comment

One Year Rescue Transport Statistics

Since we started our rescue transport program, we have had 1,599 animals transported in 12 months. Of these, 1,485 were dogs and 114 were cats. There has been a 95% TOTAL Adoption Rate from receiving groups (that means that only 5% of the pets are still waiting for homes!).
Here’s a video from one of our transports:

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11 March 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Pet of the Week: March 10th-18th: SWEET PEA!!

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Breed: Australian Cattle Dog/ Blue Heeler Mix

Age: 2 Years

Weight: 39 Pounds
Activity level: Sweet Pea has a medium energy level. She loves to run around and play with toys, but she is also perfectly content to pile up on the couch for a nap on a rainy day!
Temperament: Sweet Pea is incredibly loving, and she adores being petted and cuddled on any and all occasions. Sweet Pea can be a tad shy around new people, so she will definitely need an adjustment period. (And really, who among us doesn’t like to take a little time to get to know people before we trust them??) However, once she gets to know you, she will be your girl for life!
Good with kids?: Yes; however, since she is just a little afraid of loud noises, perhaps she would be better suited to calm, older children rather than kids who love to roughhouse.
Good with other pets?: Yes! Sweet Pea is around other pets at our adoption events every weekend and does just fine! In fact, she would love to go to a home that has another dog for her to play with!
Ideal family: While Sweet Pea would be fine for a family with older, calmer children, her ideal family would probably be a couple or single person without children. It takes her a while to adjust to new things, and sometimes kids do not quiet understand that. But one thing is for sure, when Sweet Pea finds the right family, we know they will love her so much they will just never want to let her go!
Ideal day: Sweet Pea would love to wake up to some morning snuggles, then enjoy some great playtime with her favorite toy (which is elk antlers, in case you were wondering), followed by some awesome dreams about chasing elk-like fauna in some afternoon naps, being petted and adored with cuddles and love snuggles before dinner, tossing the ball around before bed, and finally, falling asleep with the family she knows is hers forever.
Attention level required: Sweet Pea loves to play, but she is also crate trained, which means she will happily occupy herself quietly while you are off at work. Until you know how she will adjust to a new environment, Sweet Pea will do best in a restricted area while she is alone (just so as she does not decide to “occupy herself quietly” with destructive behaviors!).
Housetrained?: Yes, just remember to give her enough time to adjust to her new home! Sweet Pea does very well on a schedule, so she would do great with someone who can give her consistency.
Space needed: Sweet Pea is a medium sized dog who enjoys running around, so she needs at least a medium-sized space to fit her nicely. Because Sweet Pea came from an unfortunate situation where she was tied up for her entire life, we are requiring that her new home have a completely fenced in yard so this never happens to her again!
Previous experience needed?: Sweet Pea would be great for someone who has experience with dogs, particularly with her breed. While herding is a super-cute tendency for experienced dog owners, it can be a little much to handle for someone who is unfamiliar with the breed.
The best thing about Sweet Pea: Sweet Pea’s foster mom says her favorite thing about Sweet Pea is how incredibly loving she is; it is truly just beautiful how much love she has to give! Sweet Pea also has a very soulful face (with the most gorgeous brown eyes you have ever seen!!). Her colors are simply stunning, and she has the cutest little markings on her feet that make her look like she is wearing socks! She is also in the uber-cute habit of standing on her hind legs and dancing!! Seriously, how could you not want this dog? She is just an amazing little critter! You will be amazed at how much love this girl can pack into her 39-pound body. So come meet this beautiful angel, and let her show you how wonderful life can really be!

To meet, inquire about, or fill out an adoption form for Sweet Pea, please visit aarf-tn.com/. Additionally, Sweet Pea will be at the Cookeville Petco on March 16, 2013, from 12-6!!

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01 March 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Adoptions and Statistics

A.A.R.F. Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2012 Animal Stats

Intake: 1,752
Adoptions: 918
Transfers: 783
Euthanized: 0
Died in Our Care: 4

AARF started operations in June 2007. Since that time, stats are as follows:

Intake: 4,303
Adoptions: 2,369
Transfers: 1,797
Euthanized: 6 (Veterinary Recommendation Only)
Died in Our Care: 36

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24 February 2013 ~ 4 Comments

Pet of the Week: February 24th-March 3rd: TEENSIE

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Breed: Yorkshire Terrier (Purebred!)
Weight: 7.5 Pounds
Age: 10 years

Special Considerations: Teensie is a senior pet, which means she needs someone with a great big heart to take her in! But don’t worry—even though she is a senior, based on the way she acts, you would never know it! She is so full of life, and she prances just like a puppy (on her most adorable tiny feet)! She has a clean bill of health from the veterinarian, who still can’t believe she is actually 10 years old. Bonus: Yorkshire Terriers are one of the longest-lived breeds of dogs, usually living well into the teen years. So this baby has a long life ahead of her!

Activity level: Teensie has a mild energy level. She actually loves her little walks, but she isn’t necessarily interested in training for any marathons!

Temperament: Teensie is incredibly loving! She adores everyone, and she is one of the kindest dogs you will ever meet. Despite her tiny diva-like appearance, Teensie is actually very down to earth…she is not an attention seeker, and she is perfectly content to just sit beside you quietly rather than being held constantly. She is also very quiet and rarely even barks!

Good with kids?: Yes! Teensie is very gentle, and she would be the perfect addition to a family with kids, as long as kids are taught to be equally as gentle!

Good with other pets?: Yes! Teensie is currently being fostered with other pets, and she is around any and all kinds of them at our adoption events and does just fine!

Ideal family: Teensie would make a wonderful pet for a family with children! Can you imagine a better way to teach kids about compassion and empathy than by rescuing a senior pet? She is so gentle and so loving, there simply could be no better addition to the family! Teensie would also make an absolute perfect companion for anyone who is just looking for a sweetheart to share their love with! And, for some reason, Teensie just adores men! This chickadee is just one cool little dog, and there’s no rulebook that says teacup pups are in any way unmanly!

Ideal day: Teensie would love to begin her day with some warm morning cuddles, followed by breakfast and a short walk. She will occupy herself quietly while you go to work, and give you the warmest welcome on her tiny prancing feet when you come home! She will sit beside you adoringly while you catch up on your reading of any and all James Patterson novels, and finally, she will show off her cuteness of the highest degree when her sweet little face closes its eyes to rest up for another fun day of wiggles and cutiepootery!

Attention level required: Teensie loves to be adored and petted, but she will be perfectly content to rest up fully for these things while you are off at work! (Just bring home a treat for Teensie, maybe?).

Housetrained?: Teensie is paper trained; however, because she came from a home where her elderly owner was not able to take her outside properly, she will need some extra attention when it comes to housetraining. So be patient, and she will get the hang of it in no time!

Space needed: Not a whole lot! Teensie is…well, teensie, so she would fit perfectly in a small apartment.

Previous experience needed?: The only thing Teensie needs a little extra help with is housetraining. Other than that, there is no reason why she would need an “experienced” dog owner. In fact, Teensie’s foster mom says she is one of the easiest dogs to care for she has ever had!

The best thing about Teensie: Teensie’s foster mom says her favorite thing about Teensie is that she just has tons of personality! She is so very loving, and she is so full of life! Teensie has an incredibly soulful face, and she has the most adorable little overbite you have ever seen! Her look is just as unique as her personality, and the overall combo just makes for one perfect little dog! As hard as we try, words simply cannot describe how wonderful this dog is! You simply have to meet her! Just one look into this sweet face, and your heart will swell to three times its normal size! (Trust us, it has happened to us already!) And the best part is, adopting a senior like Teensie will truly be one of the most rewarding experiences of your entire life.

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25 June 2012 ~ 1 Comment

A.A.R.F. Purchases Transport Vehicle-Thanks to PETCO Foundation

Thanks to the support of the PETCO foundation, A.A.R.F. has purchased a transport vehicle to assist in relocating animals from the full shelters in the upper cumberland to empty shelters in the north.  Thanks to Cookeville Nissan’s Jeff Lichtle for his awesome service and the GREAT DEAL we received on this van!  We will be having the van wrapped shortly!

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