PETCO Foundation Provides Dog Food for Cumberland County

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  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!

A.A.R.F. Director Jennifer Farley and Cumberland County Animal Shelter Director Andrea Gaskins get ready to unload the first of many deliveries of dog food donated to A.A.R.F. by the PETCO Foundation to assist the Cumberland County Animal Shelter Dogs.

Cookeville PETCO Grand Reopening July 15-16-17

AARF PETCO Grand OpeningA.A.R.F. has a big adoption weekend planned! Please share with your friends on Facebook!

A.A.R.F. is excited to announce a full weekend of pet adoption activities July 15, 16 & 17 along with the Cookeville PETCO grand reopening events. The newly remodeled store features a new layout and a bright new look. In honor of PETCO’s National Adoption Weekend, A.A.R.F. will feature reduced adoption donations for dogs, cats, kittens and puppies. On Friday, A.A.R.F. invites you to come out to the “Feline Frenzy” Cat-Only Adoption Event from 12-6 PM. Cats and kittens will be looking for their perfect home, so come out and make a new friend.

Saturday’s events start out with the PETCO ribbon-cutting at 8:55. Doors open at 9AM and free professional pet photography will be offered for the first 30 PALS customers, so be sure to get there early! A.A.R.F. will have a “Canine Carnival” Adoption Event on Saturday from 9AM-6PM. We can help you find the perfect dog or puppy
for your family,

On Sunday, PETCO shoppers will receive a free PETCO tote bag, while supplies last. Free professional pet photography will again be offered for the first 30 PALS customers. A.A.R.F. will have “Mutt Madness” Adoption Event where you can meet loveable dogs of all shapes and sizes.

For more information, visit PETCO at 377 West Jackson St. Suite 11 in Cookeville, TN or call them at 931-526-8991. To learn more about A.A.R.F. and to see the dogs and cats for adoption, visit A.A.R.F.’s website at

Eat at Chili’s June 12th & 26th – Support A.A.R.F.!

Chili’s proudly supports A.A.R.F.! (All About Rescue and Fixin)

With each flyer presented on A.A.R.F Night, Chili’s will donate 10% of the sales you bring in to your organization. Let us do the cooking and support A.A.R.F. at the same time!

A.A.R.F Nights are Sundays – June the 12th and 26th from 4pm to 10pm. Bring the whole family!

Only at:
Chili’s Cookeville
1428 Interstate Dr
Cookeville, TN

We look forward to seeing you here.  Please download and print off this flyer! Click here to download Cookeville Chili’s – A.A.R.F. Nights flyer!

Chili’s – Pepper in Some Fun!

California Musician Continues to Make A Difference…

In Loving Memory of Dave Romero: December 11,1967 - October 15, 2010

The sudden passing of San Francisco Bay Area based guitarist and animal lover, Dave Romero, from a brain aneurism was a tragic loss.  As gifted and talented as he was loved by all, his gentle, caring nature was none more evident than in his unbounded compassion for animals, especially those sick, injured or in need of a forever home.

Friends and the local music community were quick to assemble fund raising and benefit concerts in an effort to offset the cost of a memorial as well as charitable contributions toward the animal causes that Dave so believed in.  AARF has received a gift of $1,500.00 from these proceeds to honor the legacy of Dave’s commitment to the welfare and well-being of ALL animals.

Dave Romero’s loving spirit lives on in the hearts of all who have been touched by his life…  both two and four legged.

A.A.R.F. is so grateful to be able to help so many animals in Dave’s memory! This has helped sponsor multiple emergency surgeries, much needed supplies and more for the pets in our care.

Public Service Announcement – Don’t Be A Dogfather

The Humane Society Spay Neuter Clinic announces – “Don’t Be A Dogfather” special with an offer you can’t refuse.  From May 17 through July 1st for $25 your male dog will receive neuter, rabies vaccine and supplemental pain medication.  Community animals only, please (no rescues).  These slots will fill very quickly so call 931-372-2728 for an appointment or more information.

Scentsy Wickless Candles – Fundraiser for A.A.R.F.

Peggy Long, Scentsy Independent Consultant: Lets help A.A.R.F. raise money for their animals!

Scentsy Wickless Candles are flameless, smokeless, lead free & soot free. They can be used almost anywhere pet facilities, offices, public buildings, assisted living facilities or private homes. You can walk away from your warmer, leave it on 24/7 & never have to worry about a fire danger. The only thing released into the air is the fragrance & the wax does not evaporate. Scentsy wax is heated just to the melting point so you a love one or a pet can touch the wax & not get burnt! All our products are non toxic & safe !!!!

Over 80 long lasting fragrances to choose from starting at only $5.00 Our collection of warmers are beautiful & come in 3 different sizes starting at $20.00/$30.00(Small Plug In, Mid & Full Size)
Many designs & themes to chose from. All of our warmers are hand painted. will donate 15% of each sale made from the catalog to this organization & for every PAWS warmer sold will donate 20% from the sale of that warmer to this organization. Simply go to click on the organization you are helping and shop. Then the donation will go to this organization to help those animals in need. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Cumberland County, TN Animal Shelter Needs Your Help

We have a major crisis happening here in Cumberland County, TN and have about 48 hours to react. The shelter is closed on Wednesdays but we will help coordinate rescue pulls.

The Cumberland County Animal Shelter employees are all out due to injury and / or illness. The shelter is understaffed and depending on volunteers.

The County is coming in to take control and have determined that there are too many dogs and will euthanize nearly 50% of what is currently there.  According to the volunteer coordinator, 75% of the 100 plus animals there are adoptable.

This shelter receives very little traffic and until recently very little support.

We have 48 hours to save the lives of 50 dogs…and we need help.  If you would kindly forward to anyone who can assist, these animals would be forever grateful.  As we all know, this is no one’s fault but the irresponsible pet owners… and the county is just looking out for the safety and wellbeing of all of the volunteers now.  We are in the process of working on an adoption center for this county to have a place to transfer these animals in the future.

Cumberland County Animal Control Shelter
East Lane, Crossville, TN
Hours 10am-2pm (Closed Wednesday – but volunteers working)

Thank you for any/all support you can provide.

Jennifer Farley

Algood Middle School Class Gets Grant to help A.A.R.F.!

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!

Get your pet’s photo with Santa!

Join AARF at Cookeville PETCO on Saturday December 18th from 1-4pm for a fun photo with Santa for your pet. Photos will be $10 and all proceeds will go to A.A.R.F.! We’ll also have pet gift baskets available (AN $85 VALUE) for $25 with a photo included in the package. A.A.R.F. needs your help more than ever this holiday season, and what better way to support AARF than with an adorable photo of your pet with Santa! We’ll be there from 1-4 on Saturday – Come see us!!