Pet of the Week for March 3rd-10th: Paintball!!



Breed: Boston Terrier Mix
Age: 1-2 years
Weight: 25 pounds

Activity level: Paintball has a high energy level, so he is looking for a family who can give him lots of attention, exercise, and good old-fashioned playtime!

Temperament: Paintball is incredibly affectionate and friendly! He is very playful and always happy! He is such a sweet soul, and he adores being around his foster mom so much that he will even lay across her feet as she stands at the mirror to do her makeup! How adorable is that?

Good with kids?: YES! Paintball is so playful and energetic, he would make the perfect addition to a family with kids who are looking for a playmate!

Good with other pets?: YES! Paintball absolutely loves other dogs, and he is always playing with them! He is also great with cats.

Ideal family: Paintball’s ideal family would most definitely include kids and other dogs for him to play with so he will always have a playmate to help him get his energy out! He would also make a great companion for an energetic couple or anyone who could use a great running partner! (Paintball just loves to run!).

Ideal day: Paintball’s ideal day would include waking up energetically for a fun-filled morning walk, laying across your feet lovingly while you get ready for the day, playing with any and all kinds of stuffed animals absolutely as much as possible, gleefully chasing after all his new playmate friends (of both two-legged and four-legged varieties!), enjoying some training time while you teach him new tricks (which is the best way to keep an active dog’s mind busy to prevent destructive behaviors), and finally, once he is all worn out, cuddling up with the whole family for a lazy Saturday night movie!

Attention level required: Paintball has a high energy level, so he is going to need someone who is prepared to give him lots of attention! He will be fine at home while the family is off at work or school, but he should probably be crated under these circumstances until he can adjust to his new environment.

Housetrained?: Paintball is coming along on his housetraining, but he is not quite there yet! So he needs someone who will be patient with him. He has exhibited some marking behaviors when he enters a new environment, but his foster mom simply put doggie diaper on him for a few days, and the habit disappeared very quickly.

Space needed: Even though Paintball is small, he would enjoy a little extra space to run around in so as to get out all his cute little doggie energies!

Previous experience needed?: The only thing Paintball needs a little help with is housetraining, so he either needs someone who is experienced in this area, or who is willing to be patient while you both learn the ropes together!

The best thing about Paintball: Paintball’s foster parents say their favorite thing about Paintball is….EVERYTHING! He has such a loving personality, is incredibly cuddly, very intelligent, even-tempered, and has unparalleled amounts of sweetness! They say the cutest thing he does is try to “talk” back to people who are talking to him. And can we just mention….how handsome is he??? We absolutely adore this little fella, and we can’t wait to see his little stubby tail wagging as it accompanies him on his way to his new home! Just meet him once, and we know you will adore him, too! And this little sweetie was absolutely made to be adored.
To meet, inquire about, or fill out an adoption form for Paintball, please visit Paintball will also be available for a meet and greet at Petco in Cookeville on Saturday, March 9th, from 12-6!

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

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



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.

Happy Tails from Joe & Liz

Joe and Liz Adopted Snow on 1 12 13.  Snow is great he sure is a daddys boy he sleeps on daddy side of the bed i think he is promble still mad at moma because she took him and got his teeth cleaned and he has not got over it until he wants to eat i love the a.a.r.f program because they take good care of those animals and i would adopt from them again thank you again for snow

Happy Tails from Lauren



Lauren adopted Abby & Cameron in August 2010.  Abby and Cameron are now known as Abby and Gideon.  Abby and Gideon are doing so well! They’ve made my little one bedroom apartment my home and continue to give me all the stories my friends can stand! They’ve grown so much! Especially Gideon. He’s very calm and very into yumz time. He makes me check his food bowl everytime I come home. As soon as I say something like, “You’ve got food” or “I see your food!” he’ll go back to napping. It’s so cute. Abby is a fireball. She’s energetic and generally all over the place! She’s the cat to blame when something falls because she’s always so curious. Sweet in her own way, Abby has her meaness in her, but she’s worth it (or so I tell myself when I’m bandaging a fresh scratch). All in all I’m very happy with my furry children and love that AARF brought us together.

Happy Tails from Tiffany





Tiffany adopted Lilly11/3/2012 .  Tiffany’s new name is now Blondie.  My husband had been wanting another dog since we had lost our lil girl doxie 6 months before. I wasnt ready and I looked at other rescues and he would send me pictures of dogs daily. One day while at home I noticed Bolt just sitting there playing all alone. I figured it was time ….So I started checking out places and when I got to Lilly(Now Blondie) a lab doxi mix I stopped to read her story: Blondie was found abandoned on the side of the road, naked and hairless from mange and suffering from parasites and malnutrition. The person who found her thought she would never recover so they brought her to the vet to be put down. The vet was going to, but then Blondie looked up into her eyes and wagged her little tail. At that moment, the vet knew that Blondie was going to fight to recover. A kind foster home has took Blondie in after the vet got her mostly healthy. She has regained her hair and her life! Once I was done I called my husband and sent him the link to check her out. He fell in love with her. I emailed aarf to see if she was available and to set up a time to see Bolts reactions. Everything was great! She was nervous the first day. We took her to meet family and they loved her too… got a bit spoiled since they had a cookout. Lots of hand outs were given and her grandpa loves his new grandpuppy 🙂 she has now been with us for several months and I dont see how we lived with out the lil stinker. She does great in the car and is rarely nervous.. unless she sees the vacuum. Thank you aarf for helping us find our forever bit of sunshine Blondie.

“AARF Week” at Blue Coast Burrito

AARF Fundraiser Weed at Blue Coast BurritoSunday, August 26th – Saturday, September 1st

Visit Blue Coast Burriot and just say we’re here for “AARF” when you order and they will donate 10% of your sale! Invite your friends, family, neighbors & strangers!
Every “All about Rescue” order helps! Eat with Blue Coast Burrito anytime during the week of
Sunday, August 26th – Saturday, September 1st at the Cookeville location and help support All About Rescue and Fixin’ Inc!

Download this flyer to put at your office, church or school!

Blue Coast Burrito
1010 S. Jefferson Ave – Cookeville

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!

PETCO Foundation Awards A.A.R.F. $45,000 Grant to Purchase Transport Vehicle!

A BIG THANKS to The PETCO Foundation for their MORE than GENEROUS $45,000 contribution to fund the beginning of our northern transort program.  Letters of recommendation written by Store Manager Kelly Darty, Assistant Store Manager Megan Arnold and staff at PETCO store 1637 – our grant request was approved, and we are in receipt of the funds for our transport vehicle. 

We expect to transport approximately 3000 animals a year out of the Upper Cumberland to Empty Shelters in the north.  If you operate a rescue or shelter in the 14 counties within the upper cumberland  and need transport assistance, please contact us at