Wally The Wal Mart Dog

So our little Wally Monster is going in to be fixed tomorrow!!!  I expect that anyone who is looking for an awesome personality as their first pre-requisite for adoping a dog will just become smitten with him.  The pup that went from Devil Dog to “Stole My Heart” literally overnight…I just hope that we can find the absolute perfect home for him.  He deserves it!

You can come by PETCO in Cookeville on Saturday and/or Sunday of this week to meet Wally – assuming he is still available for adoption!!

Events at Petco Murfreesboro

We have had some real good success doing adoption events at the PETCO store @ The Avenue in Murfreesboro.  Willie Wells, who is the manager here, invited us to attend and conduct events from this store.  We are in search of foster homes in the Murfreesboro area – real animal lovers who are familiar with veterinarians, services, etc. who are local.  We will not be attending this store on Saturday of this week (3/20) due to obligations in Cookeville.  Please contact Jennifer if you are interested in assisting:  info@aarf-tn.com or (931) 260-8018.

Home Show 2010 a Success

Thanks to all of you who visited with us and/or volunteered with us at the home show March 5-7.  We raised close $150 to help homeless animals throughout the Upper Cumberland!  Thanks SO much to Value Pet Supplies for the donation of 3 gift certificates to be used for door prizes.  The show was a success, and we reached quite a few people throughout our community. 

ValuePetSupplies.com Family Owned & Operated Since 2004

Two Day Adoption Event-THIS WEEKEND

Thanks to The River Community Church, volunteers will hold a special adoption event on Sunday, March 21st in hopes to find more homeless animals a home.  We will be at PETCO between 10AM and 1PM.  Come out and meet the newest addition to your family!

Thanks again to The River Community Church for making this happen

The River Community Church – 931-528-3660
Worship experiences at 9:00am and 10:45am, at both campuses:

Miracle Road campus
River Ministry Building
1200 Miracle Rd
Cookeville, TN 38506
Jere Whitson campus
Jere Whitson Elementary School
178 E Jere Whitson Rd
Cookeville, TN 38501


Pets For Seniors

A.A.R.F. launched it’s Pets for Seniors program, sponsored by Purina, in 2010.  This is a program that we have been trying to get started for over a year now, and it has finally become a reality.  We want to help the Seniors of our community by matching them with a great pet – with Purina’s assistance, we can now reduce the fees and accomplish our goal.  Please spread the word to senior citizens who are looking for a pet to love and care for. 


If you are 60 years of age and older and are looking for an indoor pet (over the age of 2 years) to love and spoil and take wonderful care of – then you qualify for the Pets for Seniors Program.  (Approved application required).


A.A.R.F. has a standard adoption procedure that must be completed.  Contact an A.A.R.F. volunteer who can assist you in finding an animal that is right for you.  To participate in the program, you must be over the age of 60 years, and the animal that you will be adopting must be over the age of 2 years.  Once you find the animal that is right for you, you will be asked to complete an adoption application/contract.  Upon approval, you will go home with the newest love of your life!


All of our adoptable pets can be viewed on our website at www.aarf-tn.com.  Many pets can be seen each Saturday at PETCO in Cookeville between the hours of noon and 6PM. 


Any animal, over the age of 2 years, that is adopted by a senior citizen 60 years and older will be just $60 until our funds are depleted.  We are hoping that the program will be a success and that sponsors will want to contibute to allow this program to continue year round. 


Send a check, payable to A.A.R.F. to P.O. Box 4074, Cookeville, TN  38502.  Be sure to note in the memo section “PETS FOR SENIORS” or you can paypal your sponsorship to aarfpets@yahoo.com.  In the notes section, be sure to indicate that you want to support the “PETS FOR SENIORS PROGRAM”.

Please direct any questions to info@aarf-tn.com 

Update on Wally; Doing Great, Looking for a Home!

Wally is doing WONDERFUL! He just recovered from a mild virus and is getting back to his, now, normal, wonderful, sweet and HUNGRY self! The only thing he would attempt to eat during his bout with this virus was bologna…he is very strong willed and has the courage to fight everything that tries to take him down. Luckily for him AND us – because we have ALL fallen in love with little Wally. I have decided for certain that there is nothing better in this world than a big, wet, sloppy puppy kiss across the face from a pup who was so scared that he nearly attacked me in a parking lot…talk about a compliment! We expect him to go in for neuter surgery in about 3 weeks or so. In the meantime, Wally is looking for a temporary foster home or he can be pre-adopted.

Wally the Wal-Mart rescue needs a foster

Wednesday, March 3, 2010:  9:00AM

Great News!  “Wally”, formerly named “New Guy” (Thanks Facebook fans), had a great night sleep, and a little bit more bologna before bed, and when I woke up this morning, he was wagging and barking and demanding attention like the other pups in foster care!!  I opened his crate, he licked my hand, and then put his face up to mine and licked my nose…I was wrong about this one, and SO HAPPY to report that!  He scarfed down his food very quickly this morning again.  Once he realizes that he will be fed twice a day, he should calm down some.  We will work on worming and vaccinating this afternoon after my husband gets home to assist.

Thanks for helping to name him, New Guy is now Wally

Would anyone be willing to foster him for a few weeks??  If you don’t have an active foster app on file, please visit the following link and complete:  http://aarf-tn.com/foster/foster-app/

Rescue at Wal Mart

Tuesday, March 2, 2010:  7:00PM

It was a typical Tuesday night for A.A.R.F.  Delivering dogs to their new families, and meet ups with volunteers in the Wal Mart Parking lot, as well as doing some shopping with their families.  A lot of commotion arises from one area of the parking lot, where it appeared that a young couple was trying to get something to come out from underneath a vehicle.  A.A.R.F. volunteer Jennifer goes to investigate, only to find a frightened and starved puppy coming out from under the vehicle to get the french fries that this young couple is trying to lure him out with.  The pup is frightened of Jennifer, but is focused on her stepson who now has possession of the McDonald’s french fries.  With the help of A LOT of kind hearted citizens who want to see this dog get to safety, Jennifer’s stepson and his special gift with animals, and Jennifer’s husband, whose philosophy with frightened dogs has all to do with bologna and NOTHING else (thank goodness the deli was right there!!!!), we trapped this pup in a carrier and brought him into foster care.

Jennifer says “He is focused solely on my husband, now…which convinces me that he is right about the bologna.  I have seen him work two cases of feril dogs, now, and within 24 hours and 1/2 pound of bologna, the dog is our new best friend!  I hope that this is the same for this new little guy”.

This male pup was spotted in the wal mart parking lot around 5PM this evening and people had been apparently trying to capture him since that time.  Jennifer says “when a dog is frightened, or has had to fend for itself for its entire life, it trusts no one and will snap, bite, lunge and run away out of fear.  The best thing to do in a situation like this is to stay calm and lure it to safety, such as into a crate or kennel (which most A.A.R.F. volunteers keep with them at all times).  Fear issues can be resolved at a later time…the idea is safety first, and to avoid being bit since no one knows the history of this animal.  Chasing, sudden movements, loud noises…this will only make the animal more anxious to get away”.  When asked her thoughts on how the animal arrived in the parking lot, Jennifer said that it was too soon to tell, but her initial thought was that this was a wild pup who made its way away from it’s mom and was just looking for someting to eat.  She does not believe that this is a dump case.  “If I visit with him in the morning, and he wags and licks and jumps in my lap – then absolutely!  this pup belonged to someone.  But I honestly suspect, just by the reaction that I received from him upon arriving at the scene, that this animal is feril by all means”.  At one point during the rescue, the pup lunged and attempted to bite Jennifer’s leg.

It took Jennifer and her husband about 5 minutes upon arriving home to get this little guy out of his crate and into his new, temporary foster kennel…and yes, bologna was involved!  Once confined, he stood at the door of his kennel and watched Jennifer’s husband for about an hour – wagging his tail- his eyes following him everywhere he went.  Within an hour’s time, they could put their fingers inside of his kennel and he sniffed them and looked into their eyes. Jennifer expects the rehabilitation to take some time, but expects that he will be a great candidate for adoption once he is ready.

The moral to this and every story is that spay and neuter is the answer.  If you are allowing your dogs and cats to reproduce, you are only contributing to the ever-growing problem of animal overpopulation.  For more information on how you can be part of the solution, please call (931) 372-2728 or your local veterinarian to make an appointment to get your animals fixed today.  Financial Assistance may be available.

Any ideas of a fitting name for him?

Stop by our table at the Cookeville Home Show

A.A.R.F. will have a table set up at the Cookeville Home and Garden Show March 5-6-7. We will have drawings for door prizes and you can sign up for our email newsletter! The show is Friday, March 5: 5 – 9pm, Saturday, March 6: 9am – 8pm and Sunday, March 7: noon – 4pm. Our table will be on the upper level near the entry.

For more information about the Cookeville Home and Garden show, visit the website at www.uchomeshow.com.

Of course, if you want to meet our pets for adoption, come by PETCO on Saturday; we will be there from noon til 6 p.m.