A Message from ARF CEO Scott Howe

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Monday, March 23, 2020

The ARF Adoption Center is still CLOSED and all volunteer activities have been suspended. Only essential animal care and medical staff are allowed. We are currently accepting online adoption applications, but we will need to let the crisis pass before we can move forward on adoptions. 

Thank you to all who have reached out to help. ARF has had an overwhelming response of support to foster our animals and currently have more names than animals that we can send out. Stay healthy for your pet!

 

March 18, 2020

Dear Friends of ARF,

There are 118 animals with me at ARF today. I am the only person sitting at a desk. In the rest of the building there are 20 men and women doing transformational work with the animals in our care. They are cleaning, preparing food, performing exams, and giving medications. They are not simply walking dogs and emptying litter boxes. They are making sure every animal gets exercise and enrichment, which includes training, agility, puzzles to exercise their noses and minds, and one-on-one time with people.

Our goal is that ARF’s cats and dogs never feel the uncertainty and anxiety we humans share in this new reality of COVID-19.

My personal concern is to balance the commitment of ARF’s staff with their safety. Since the beginning of the month, we focused on seeing as many highly-adoptable animals as possible adopted in anticipation of closures, quarantines, and isolation. I know there is a very real possibility that our local community will need for us to help animals whose caregivers become ill or face extreme economic hardship. For this reason, we will work with our incredible family of volunteers to place additional dogs and cats in foster homes.

Even with all its expertise and passion, ARF cannot do its work without your help. We closed the ARF Thrift Shop this week to protect our employees, volunteers, and the public. In addition, our annual fundraising events like the Designer Show House, which fund 25% of our operating costs, must be postponed and re-imagined for better days ahead.

Please, if you are able, consider making a gift today to keep ARF open and our focus on our mission unwavering. You can make a donation online at give.arfhamptons.org.

Thank you for all you have done to support ARF’s mission, especially now as we continue to evolve to meet new challenges and needs. I promise to stay in touch with you in the coming weeks, and I hope you remain well and safe.

Scott

 

UPDATE: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The ARF Adoption Center is CLOSED and we will not be sending our mobile adoption van to offsite adoption events until further notice. 

However, we are accepting online adoption applications and will be conducting adoptions by appointment only!

If you need to contact someone on staff please email info@arfhamptons.org and please put the staff member you wish to contact in the subject line. If this is an animal emergency please contact your veterinarian or your local animal control.

March 12, 2020

Dear Friends and Friends of ARF,

I felt it was important that our weekly email did not go out today without acknowledging the extraordinary events unfolding in our world. Today, especially, was jarring. What remains constant is the need for ARF’s work on behalf of homeless and abandoned animals. First and foremost are the animals already in our care – more than 120.

We remain open for adoptions at our Adoption Center in Wainscott; however, we will not be sending our mobile adoption van to offsite adoption events until further notice.

The care and well-being of our animals depend on the health of our staff, and we will be taking additional precautions to keep our staff healthy. They are compassionate and immensely dedicated to our animals, and I am – joined by ARF’s Board of Directors – dedicated to them and ARF’s mission.

Tonight, more than ever, I look forward to going home and being greeted by my two ARF dogs. They will be on the sofa, looking out the living room window for my car, and I will see them jump down to greet me at the back door as I pull into the driveway. I feel very fortunate.

I hope that ARF has made a moment of joy like that possible for you as well, especially today.

Wishing you health and love –
Scott

Photo: Finn and Stritch, Scott’s ARF dogs.

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